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Breakthrough Schedule

1 Your Role
I want to learn about treatment options for:

2 Basic Information
The Person is:
years old

graduated high school

3 Condition Information
Caron Treatment Centers accepts patients aged 13 years or older. For more information on services available to those 12 and under, please learn more about Caron's Student Assistance Program.

The Breakthrough Program is held on Caron’s main campus in Wernersville, PA. Groups are coed and are held bi-weekly from Sunday-Friday and consist of a maximum of 10 people per group.

Participants experience 26 hours of intensive group process throughout the workshop in addition to 10 hours in a structured evening peer group. Participants arrive by 4:00 p.m. on Sunday and usually depart by noon on Friday. Each day begins with breakfast at 7:45 a.m. and ends around 9:00 p.m. with peer group activities. Every day also includes an opportunity to meditate, play, enjoy quiet time, and share meals and meaningful interaction with fellow participants.


Sunday provides an opportunity to meet the evening staff and other members of the group, complete necessary paperwork and receive room assignments. Clients then enjoy dinner together in the Caron dining facility after which they are taken to their rooms so they may unpack. Once settled, the first structured peer group begins and continues until approximately 9:30 p.m.


Most weeks, Monday begins with a presentation and two experiential exercises. This session lays the groundwork for the week and provides essential information based on attachment theory to help clients begin their personal work.


The goal of Tuesday is to become more personally aware of emotions, how they are managed in your life and ways that they may disruptive to your peace of mind. The group bonds begin to deepen through experiential group exercises surrounding grief, painful life events and the personal risks taken whenever feelings and sometimes long held secrets are revealed. Tuesday’s evening peer group focuses on developing healthy boundaries.


Through the use of safe, innovative action methods along with psychodrama and group support, each individual is able to address significant issues or patterns with the help and guidance of two skilled therapists. Wednesday and Thursday evening groups are designed to help clients process what they have experienced during the day and to begin to look forward to integrating their personal experience in the future.


The Friday morning group provides an opportunity for each person to receive feedback and guidance that contributes to their personal written plan for continuing their work after Breakthrough. Participants are given the opportunity for group closure and provided with very specific tools based on the experiences of those who have walked before them, which helps to ease their transition home with the confidence that they will be able to maintain what they have gained.