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SCF: The Pathway Home (2-months)

posted Aug 13, 2014, 10:05 AM by Ezra Lockhart
Previously, I had been focusing on my direct client practice and soliciting contracts for program evaluations of healthcare agencies. Since prioritizing my academic program I decided it was best to reduce my workload. Managing all three, especially drumming up business, and family obligations was taking its toll.

Two months ago, I was brought on board to The Pathway Home (CARF-accredited). It is the largest tribal behavioral healthcare clinic in the state. As a full-time member of an integrated care team I assist Alaska indigenous male youth through substance abuse, mental illness, behavioral and personality disorders in a culturally appropriate setting with the goal of reintegration into their communities.

The Pathway Home (TPH) is one of 65 programs under Southcentral Foundation (SCF), an Alaska Native-owned, nonprofit healthcare organization serving Alaska Native and American Indian people living in Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna Valley, and 60 rural villages in the south-central region of the state. 
The service area includes 107,400 square miles geographical area stretching as far north as the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, across the Kenai Peninsula and Cook Inlet, extending from the Canadian border on the east to the Aleutian Chain and Pribilof Islands on the west. Additionally, SCF jointly manages and operates the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC). ANMC is the state's only Level II Trauma Center.

At TPH I provide milieu, recreational and group therapy (e.g., psychoeducational, skill development, cognitive-behavioral) for adolescents from 13 to 18 years old coping with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Severe Emotion Disturbances, Personality Disorders, and Severe Mental Illness. It has been my experience that the youth are very responsive to both adult male attention and the culturally rich environment. Most quickly build therapeutic relationships while learning and connecting to their cultural heritage. In my short time there were record high numbers of graduations from the program. It is apparent that this method of treatment works for this population.