Curriculum

Patterns, Principles and Life Skills

Patterns is the acronym we use for important areas of self-care, including:

P – Physical Health
A – Avoiding Mood Altering Substances
T – Thoughts and Emotions
T – Time Management
E – Exercise
R – Rest and Relaxation
N – Nutrition
S – Sleep Patterns

Part of the Acres of Hope program is teaching the residents to develop healthy patterns for themselves and their children. Without healthy patterns securely in place, individuals will struggle in their effort to move forward in any area of life.

Principles
Six principles make up the courses taught in the Acres of Hope program curriculum and include the following:

Thought & Emotion Regulation
Thoughts and emotions are clues to belief systems that drive behaviors.

Sowing & Reaping
Every action/decision results in an outcome. Even not making a decision is a decision.

God-Centered Living
Living for something bigger than ourselves or within our self-will.

Willingness
Change will never occur without willingness.

Relationships
We are designed to be in relationships, yet it is relationships that we fear and must build skills in.

Identity
Who we are depends upon where we obtain our identity.

We understand these principles as ‘non-negotiable’ in the same way that gravity is non-negotiable; everyone contends with these principles regardless of their faith, lifestyle or family background. The principles are foundational concepts necessary to sustain life skills. Each principle contains sub-topics such as boundaries, conflict resolution, communication styles and more. The entire curriculum comprises about eight months of coursework taught by our staff. Pre- and post-learning assessments determine areas of struggle and emphasis. Each week a lesson within a principle is introduced with “I will” commitments set as goals to address areas of struggle. Certificates of completion are provided for course completion. Certificates of achievement are provided for course mastery and adoption of principles in daily living.

Life Skills
Life Skills cover all 25 measurable areas in the resident’s Individual Family Plan (IFP) and are learned in several ways. For basic skills such as cooking and cleaning, new residents are paired with older residents and are coached by staff. Other life skills such as parenting skills and financial management are taught and coached through classes and weekly case management.