Basic Skills Training (BST)
Basic Skills Training (BST) services are Rehabilitative Mental Health interventions designed to reduce cognitive and behavioral impairment and restore the client to their highest level of functioning.
BST services help clients acquire constructive cognitive and behavioral skills through positive reinforcement, modeling, operant conditioning and other training techniques.
BST teaches beneficiaries a variety of life skills, formulated off an individualized treatment plan.
These treatments plans are created with the client utilizing a medical treatment model in collaboration with licensed professionals.
BST is a community based service that teaches a variety of life skills in a location which is most suitable to attain treatment goals. BST services may include the following interventions:
Basic living and self-care skills: Recipients learn how to manage their daily lives, beneficiaries learn safe and appropriate behaviors;
Social skills: Recipients learn how to identify and comprehend the physical, emotional and interpersonal needs of others—recipients learn how to interact with others;
Communication skills: Recipients learn how to communicate their physical, emotional and interpersonal needs to others—recipients learn how to listen and identify the needs of others;
Parental training: Parental training teaches the recipient’s parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s) BST techniques. The objective is to help parents continue the recipient’s RMH care in home and community based settings. Parental training must target the restoration of recipient’s cognitive and behavioral mental health impairment needs. Parental training must be recipient centered;
Organization and time management skills: Recipients learn how to manage and prioritize their daily activities; and/or f. Transitional living skills: Recipients learn necessary skills to begin partial- independent and/or fully independent lives.
Transitional Living Skills: Clients learn necessary skills to begin partial independent and/or fully independent lives. A process for young adults with disabilities that focuses on working toward goals after high school; such as post-secondary education; vocational rehabilitation, employment and independent living.
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