The THRIVE Center for Emerging Young Adults


Move Up Services

What Are The Components Of Move Up? What Will My Child Learn?

Once accepted to the MOVE UP program, your young adult has the opportunity to participate in multiple, professionally-led skills groups with other peers dealing with similar life challenges.

The purpose of the program is to help your young adult gain proficiency in several skill areas that are essential for the transition to independent young adulthood, with content delivered in small groups.

The Heron’s Gate staff who facilitate these skill groups have developed curricula for the following content areas:

  • Life Skills – The purpose of this module is to convey the “rubber meets the road” skills essential for all adults to function effectively in the world. Topics include:
    • Relationship with Yourself, Character Development
    • Effectively Communicating with Others, Conflict Resolution
    • Managing Your Life, Responsible Consumerism
    • Budgeting and Finances
    • Personal Hygiene
    • Food and Nutrition, Guidelines for Healthy Eating, Meal Planning
    • Housing and Environment
    • Exploring Careers, Workplace Skills, Entering the Work World
  • Social Skills – Effective communication skills, the ability to tolerate social distress, and the skill of making and maintaining friendships and romantic relationships – all so important to an effective and satisfying life – are taught through group discussion, with ample opportunity for practice and feedback. Topics include:
    • Learning About My Own Behavior - How Do I Affect Me?
    • Developing Effective Communication
    • Perspective Taking
    • Understanding And Interpreting Emotions
    • Being Part Of A Group / Friends / Peers
    • Family Relationships
    • Romantic Relationships
    • Problem Solving And Dealing With Responsibilities
  • Emotional Self-Management – Failure to launch young adults are often very emotionally guarded because of multiple failure experiences. They can be disconnected from emotions and their bodies, and often cope by numbing or avoiding uncomfortable feelings. For many, emotional dysregulation (a prolonged, frequent experience of intense or uncontrolled emotions) has been an emotional staple in their lives from early childhood. Through classes in mindfulness meditation, yoga and mixed martial arts, participants gain an increased awareness of their internal emotional and physical experiences and build fundamental skills in self-expression and in tolerating and regulating emotional distress.

Orientation And Scheduling

How Do I Get Oriented To The Program?

In the morning of the first day of the program, new participants have the opportunity to meet as a group with Laurie Nelson, the Assistant Clinical Director of Heron’s Gate, for one hour. In addition to any questions you might want answered during this orientation meeting, families are always welcome to contact us at any time for any concerns that arise during the course of the Move Up program.

Move Up Weekly Schedule






9:00am - 11:00am


9:00am - 11:00am


9:00am - 11:00am

11:00am - 12:00pm


11:00am - 12:00pm


11:00am - 12:00pm

12:30pm - 1:00pm


12:00pm - 1:30pm


12:00pm - 1:00pm

How Long Does The Program Last?

Move Up accepts new participants on a rolling admissions basis and requires a four-week commitment to the program. At the end of this first four-week cycle, the family meets with Laurie Nelson to discuss progress and to plan the next phase of treatment. Some of the issues explored include:

  • How ready is the young adult for further skills training vs. being better served by a more intensive, more psychologically-based treatment program?
  • To what degree does the family support or impede the young adult’s ability to acquire and maintain the life skills necessary for launch?

Some families may choose to engage in several cycles of Move Up, so their young adult can consolidate and apply the skills more effectively and consistently. There is no limit to how long your young adult may remain in the program.

For some families with complex family dynamic issues or young adults with complex emotional issues, we may recommend that the family engage in the more intensive services of Heron’s Gate.

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