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For Referring Professionals

Breakthrough’s workshops for individuals supplement individual therapy with intensive experiential group techniques in a safe and supportive setting.

Breakthrough is strongly based on attachment theory and research supporting the concept that inadequate or inappropriate attachment in early childhood negatively impacts adults in many areas of functioning. These include, but are not limited to low self-esteem, insecurity in relationships, problems with emotional self-regulation and difficulties in parenting and careers. Viewing issues from a family systems perspective, Breakthrough groups are not focused on blaming parents, or searching for the events that may have caused current problems. The general goal for most clients is to improve quality of life by examining and addressing the “how” of their struggles rather than “why” they struggle. When the past is relevant, Breakthrough professionals will dip into the past to shed light on current issues or to reduce shame.

At Caron, we can help you build a treatment program that meets your needs.

Who Should Attend

Breakthrough at Caron can be an important adjunct to a client's ongoing private therapy and an integral part of a comprehensive plan for steadying progress and significant shifts in recurring patterns. Using intensive experiential group techniques in a therapeutic community, Breakthrough at Caron assists clients who have been "stuck" despite excellent therapy to break through old patterns and gain new perspective on current problems.

Breakthrough at Caron may be right for clients who:

  • Suffer from self doubt, insecurity and are unable self regulate negative thoughts and emotions.
  • Are easily triggered by disapproval, rejection or criticism
  • Have long standing relationship patterns such as:
    • Inability to commit to a long-term relationship
    • Attraction to unavailable, under-functioning or abusive partners
    • Feelings of emotional shutdown or distance from loved ones
    • Love addiction
    • Fear of intimacy
    • Passivity and lack of responsiveness in relationships
  • Have a tendency to take care of others while neglecting their personal needs and avoiding intimacy
  • Lack internal and/or external boundaries in personal and work relationships
  • Continue to use compulsive behaviors such as overeating, overspending or overworking or perfectionism to manage or avoid their emotions
  • Feel stuck and unable to move forward or break out of negative patterns despite long-term efforts
  • Feel shame, guilt, or just generally bad about themselves even when there is no reason
  • Carry feelings of inadequacy as a parent and feel guilt over past mistakes
  • Have unresolved grief from multiple losses and are unable to move forward
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What to Expect

When they arrive, clients usually understand and know a great deal about what is wrong and what they should do but they have been unable to make the change they seek. Since most clients are already in effective outpatient therapy, the mission for Breakthrough is to create an environment where your client may begin to experience real change and integrate the skills and tools they already have. At the end of 5 days in an experiential group, clients have not only reached an awareness of their issues. They feel more confident; know who they are and they love themselves. They have begun to better manage their emotions, particularly fear and shame. When they leave, their personal therapists report that they are actively engaged in a process of change.

Our research has shown a gradual increase in self esteem, and improvement in their relationships over the year after completing the program.

One of the greatest advantages of referring to Breakthrough is that it provides clients the time and place to step back from their sometimes chaotic daily lives to gain perspective on underlying emotions and the repetitive nature of some of their behaviors. After attending Breakthrough, clients have a new perspective and are better equipped to use ongoing therapy and their support system to solve problems and make decisions with new found self-esteem and empowerment.

Once you refer a client, our team will work with you understand what you’ve accomplished so far and how we can assist you. Throughout the workshop, we’ll keep you informed about the work we’ve done, as well as the meaningful progress your client has made.

After attending Breakthrough at Caron, you can expect immediate and long-term changes from your client including:

  • A significant shift in perspective
  • A new foundation of awareness and self-esteem
  • A degree of relief from the pressures of painful emotions
  • A commitment to an ongoing support system

After their Breakthrough experience clients return to their ongoing therapy armed with a clear sense of hope and direction and are strongly motivated to work even harder. Contact a Breakthrough Professional to learn more about how this intensive 5 day program may be right for your client.

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How to Refer

Careful screening by skilled therapists is essential to ensure emotional safety and prepare clients for the Breakthrough experience. Questions regarding the timing of a client's participation are handled with a therapist's input on an individual basis. Clients who may not be candidates for Breakthrough due to serious mental health issues, current major crisis or active addictions may be given recommendations and referrals as needed. These recommendations will be made with the referring therapist's consultation and permission.

Breakthrough is not a quick fix, but an important part of a therapeutic plan for personal growth and positive change. Throughout the program, clients are advised to develop a network of support in addition to therapy. Twelve-Step support groups are suggested because of their accessibility and variety; however, any support system is helpful.

How to Refer

  • If you are new to Breakthrough you may want to contact a Breakthrough professional to discuss your client and the timing of their participation. We welcome your calls at any time.
  • If you are familiar with the program, you may suggest that your client contact the Breakthrough Admissions office at Caron and after providing and receiving some information they may be asked to provide additional information to the clinical staff of Breakthrough before they are approved and a date set.
  • If your client does not meet all admissions criteria based on their telephone intake you will be contacted by a Breakthrough therapist to provide additional information about your client and collaborate on the best options for your client.
  • Once your client arrives at Breakthrough, his or her assigned therapist will be contacting you on Monday and again later in the week for a short call. A brief summary will also be sent a few weeks after the program.

Referring therapists look to Breakthrough at Caron as an adjunct to their clients' ongoing outpatient therapy, and consistently report that they have observed immediate and long-term changes in their clients after attending Breakthrough at Caron. Their clients often demonstrate a significant shift in perspective, a new foundation of awareness and self-esteem, and a degree of relief from the pressures of painful emotions.

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I have never been so impressed with a clinical experience. Clinical does not do it service. I better come up with some better words. It far exceeded any expectation I had. Blown away.

“I noticed a physical difference. Client was always a hard worker but his psychic anxiety dropped so significantly that he retains more and we can go deeper in each session. Excellent work!”

I have utmost trust in the Breakthrough program, professionalism of the admission staff and clinical skills of the treatment team. Clients I have referred or who have been referred to me by Caron have experienced true breakthroughs. I am grateful to have your program as a resource for the benefit of my clients.

Both clients and a past client found this program to be enormously helpful. I think that therapists need to make referrals such as this more often. An intensive adjunct to regular therapy session can be particularly clarifying and I am a firm believer in the power of group work. From the report I received, you seem to have very skilled clinicians working with the participants.

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