The Class Experience
Small group sessions typically have 6-10 people in attendance. We've found the group setting to be a perfect format for practicing the skills covered in a safe and supportive atmosphere. In addition, clients tell us that they learn a great deal from others in the group and it helps them to put their own situation in perspective by hearing others' experiences. Participation in our educational programs is dependent upon upholding and maintaining confidentiality. Clients with Referring Parties sign a confidentiality waiver releasing information to their Referring Parties. Classes are educational in nature and are not counseling, therapy or support groups. Our classes focus on life skill development building awareness around specific issues that help the client to improve their current situation.
Schedule and Attendance
Classes are generally held weekly, however class and enrollment schedules will vary by site. Please check with the site for availability of evening and weekend classes, and enrollment sessions.
Attendance is a key indicator of a client's commitment to improve their behavior, and is essential to successful completion of most classes. Typically there is a small number of acceptable absenses (e.g. for a 52-week program, normally about 5), to allow for unforeseen events throughout the duration of the course, but a strong empahsis is placed on attending the class meetings regularly and on time.
Prior to attending your first class, you need to attend an enrollment session. We ask you a number of questions about what brought you to Simply Your Best, and try to use that information to tailor the course to meet your needs. This information is also used to show signs of your progress throughout the course. It is a fairly intensive session and takes around 60 to 90 minutes. Normally you will leave the session with proof of enrollment, which is also sent to referring parties (if applicable).
It is very important that you remember the following points regarding the enrollment session:
- Bring the following materials to your enrollment session:
- Proof of Identity (e.g. driver's license)
- Proof of Income (or lack of income) for sliding fee scale
- Court, probation or police paperwork, if applicable
- Any initial payment required
- Make certain you know the location of your enrollment session (use the "Directions" page for your local site to determine this), and allow time for traffic and parking.
- Allow yourself 90 minutes for the session. It may finish earlier, but you should be prepared.
- You will need to be aware of any applicable cancellation policies. You may be charged a rescheduling fee if you miss your appointment or show up late.
Check in with your Local Site for costs and to schedule an enrollment
Clients complete our course by successfully attending all sessions, participating in class discussions, completing homework successfully and paying class fees in full. In rare cases, additional classes may be recommended or even required if it is determined that the client has not made significant progress towards learning or using the skills presented in the class. Upon completion, a report may be sent to the referring agency to indicate that the client has fulfilled their obligation.
If a client is required to take a class because of a court order, reports will be sent to the referring agency. These reports contain information about attendance, client balance and participation, and can be used to demonstrate significant progress towards preventing violence or improving behavior. These reports can be used mid-way through a class, so even if a client is unable to complete a program within a time frame, they may still be able to show that they have made progress and in many cases this is helpful.