24 Jan We will be transitioning to a gender-responsive treatment process
Foundry Treatment Center is pleased to announce that on February 1, 2018, we will be transitioning to a gender-responsive treatment process. This means for a period of time we will focus solely on male participants. We are excited about this transformation because it will allow us to implement trauma-integrated treatment services that we hope will evolve what are currently the highest clinical standards in the industry. This decision was not made lightly, as serving male and female participants and their families has been a part of our culture since opening our doors nearly three years ago. We have been successful in assisting both men and women in creating new lives in recovery and we want to thank all of our alumni for helping shape our clinical foundations. While our focus is currently on becoming a provider of world class trauma integrated and gender responsive treatment for men, we aspire to open a women’s campus and gender responsive curriculum for females at some point in the very near future.
Since my arrival as the Chief Clinical Officer in July of 2017, our goal was to create a clinical model built on a foundation of trauma-integrated care, while also integrating treatment philosophies and interventions that promote healing and recovery for individuals with co-occurring addiction and complex trauma. To meet this objective, we have had to reconsider the issue of safety and how that issue is amplified when men and women are being treated together. A review of the literature supports what we already know. Both men and women experience mixed gender treatment as a less safe environment to work on both trauma and addiction. Additionally, recovery prerequisites associated with fellowship and connection can be compromised by traditional gender roles and relationship patterns when genders are combined. After consulting with trusted colleagues, it has become clear that a gender responsive treatment environment is necessary to create the safety needed to provide comprehensive trauma integrated treatment.
When making the decision to treat either men or women, we took the opportunity to step back to assess our current resources, strengths, and interests as a treatment provider. We considered our existing continuum of residential, transitional and outpatient services, our exceptional treatment team comprised of both male and female staff, and our ongoing efforts to incorporate gender specific groups and services. We also considered that like many other similar treatment providers, our client population has been consistently comprised of primarily male participants. Ultimately, we recognized that the building blocks were already in place for implementing gender-responsive care and that we have a unique opportunity to provide exceptional clinical services to men.
To fully meet the needs of a male population, it is critical to build a continuum of care that recognizes the significant influence of co-occurring trauma and addiction in male wellness. This includes the need to address the biological and cultural factors that influence men to minimize or deny past traumas, and how failure to address these co-occurring trauma and addiction issues can negatively impact treatment outcomes for men. In order to address these issues, we have developed a trauma-integrated treatment model that integrates a foundation of 12 Step recovery, male-responsive treatment programing such as “Helping Men Recover” (Covington, Griffin, & Dauer, 2011) and “A Man’s Way Through the 12 Steps (Griffin, 2009)”, experiential therapies, wellness and wilderness based activities, family services, equine and horticultural therapy, and somatic trauma therapies, including EMDR, NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM), Biofeedback and others.
Thank you all for your continued support of Foundry Treatment Center as we work towards providing the highest quality of care for our participants and strive to be the industry leader in trauma integrated addiction treatment.
Dr. Michael Barnes
Chief Clinical Officer