Yellowbrick recognizes the need for alternative developmental platforms for those emerging adults who cannot move forward on campus, in an independent apartment or with family at home. The Residence offers around the clock support and membership in the Yellowbrick community while emerging adults work within The Life Strategies Program (LSP) and productive activity (school, work, community service) within Evanston, a suburb of Chicago. The Residence offers these individuals a meaningful and effective context for personal growth by challenging them with the tasks of independent living while simultaneously providing on an outpatient basis intensive, expert professional resources beyond those available even in most inpatient hospital settings. The Residence is a “Step in and Step Through”, not a Step Down settings.
The Residence is located on Sheridan Road just one block from Lake Michigan in the city of Evanston, Illinois – a vibrant community of 75,000 people living within active and diverse neighborhoods. Evanston is located adjacent to the city on Chicago’s North Shore. The Residence consists of newly renovated, sunny large fully furnished apartments. The Residence also includes Community space for group and leisure activities, and administrative offices. Residents live at The Residence and travel to The Consultation & Treatment Center in downtown Evanston where skilled senior clinicians provide professional services including the Life Strategies Program, Specialty Services and Psychotherapy Services described below. Core Competence Staff (CCS) are on-site at The Residence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Yellowbrick Professional Senior Leadership is on-call evenings and weekends for consultation. The role of CCS is to implement distress tolerance skills and related principles by eliciting mindfulness, self-agency, supporting adaptive coping strategies and facilitating the peer community process.
Membership in The Residence is a responsibility and a privilege. Our innovative Open Community treatment model was created as a supportive, not supervisory resource for the emerging adult. Therefore, residents must demonstrate the motivation and capacity to make use of the Yellowbrick Community and services, the commitment to take responsibility for personal safety, and a determination to learn how to ask for, and accept, help when they need it most.
Yellowbrick collaborates with adolescents and emerging adults, ages 16-30's, their families and participating professionals toward the development and implementation of a strategic “Life Plan.” An integrative, multi-specialty consultation clarifies strengths, limitations, and risks, and defines motivations, goals and choices.
A mental health condition that’s characterized by intense shifts in mood including both manic and depressive episodes.
People living with Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD, experience episodes of depression and sadness that are debilitating to daily life.
Those living with anxiety disorders experience high levels of anxiety and stress that interfere negatively with daily life.
A mental health issue in which a person’s cognitive function is impaired, resulting in symptoms like experiencing challenges with conducting speech, reading and writing, and behavior.
Mental health disorders that negatively affect a person’s behaviors, thought patterns, and function. People diagnosed with these disorders experience challenges with managing relationships and understanding various situations.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that people can develop as a result of experiencing traumatic situations, characterized by symptoms including flashbacks, avoidance behaviors, and more.
A mental health condition that is characterized by specific symptoms of forgetfulness and lack of concentration, which makes it challenging to complete necessary tasks.
Mental health conditions that interfere with a person’s eating habits, thought patterns, and behaviors in negative ways.
A mental health disorder diagnosable with the DSM-5 that is characterized by both obsessions and compulsive behaviors.