The key values promoted are a sense of Being, Believing and Belonging.
Being: A person is encouraged to develop a strong positive
Believing: The person is encouraged to develop belief in the positive potential in each individual and to work towards harnessing their potential for personal growth and self healing and repair. The answer is inside.
Belonging: The person is encouraged to develop a sense of belonging in Milestones and to realise that they are a valued member of this small group. They are encouraged to identify and value their positive contributions. In the broader sense the person is then encouraged to see their value to the wider community and to value themselves as an individual in the wider world, recognizing their unique worth and their connection to others.
The person is allowed to use their unique self in anyway that has a positive effect. This applies to patients, staff and guests. The therapeutic use of self is positively encouraged to enhance the healing potential of Milestones
We believe in making the best use of who we are to help others to help themselves - allowing and encouraging a person to express themselves and to feel less restricted and judged.
Some individuals become trapped in a cycle of self defeating and negative thinking and behaviour, often over a period of many years. Our aim is to encourage individuals to explore and recognise their positive potential and to move forward making use of their identified personal resources.
Milestones considers that, even under the aegis of the Mental Health Act, a persons potential for personal growth is best served by providing information choice and support in an environment of positive regard.
Needs are defined by the individual themselves with the help of the supporting persons. We aim to offer a number of alternatives in assisting the process of personal growth, not solely medication and psychotherapy. We encourage the individual to explore all avenues which they find conducive to the healing process.
Healing should occur in the physical, spiritual, emotional and psychological spheres. Our aim is for the individual to become self empowered. Self confidence should be enhanced and developed at all times. The individual should be encouraged towards autonomy. Staff are seen as guides and supporters in a quest for individually based solutions rather than the source of an external healing process. Education is a key component of the work. The persons knowledge of diagnosis, treatments etc should be enhanced as far as possible - thus allowing them informed choice in the development of appropriate plans of treatment and care.