Blooming Lotus Project

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The Blooming Lotus Project is our expressive therapy PRP Program

Creative interventions have been formalized through the disciplines of art therapy, music therapy, dance/movement therapy, drama therapy or psychodrama, poetry therapy, and play therapy, including sand tray therapy. Each discipline has been applied in psychotherapy and counseling with individuals of all ages, particularly children, for more than 70 years. Now these interventions are available to children and adolescents in the first, comprehensive expressive therapy PRP program offered on the Eastern Shore.

Our Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program is licensed by DHMH and helps children ages 4 to 17 who have special needs related to a mental health diagnoses.

If you are a Provider referring a patient to our program, please complete the PRP Referral Internal Form.

Our Approach:
Using a combination of the Montessori method and Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, we have tailored a program to meet children and adolescents in the way that they learn best. We believe this approach allows youth to engage with their inner and outer worlds with excitement and security.
The overarching expressive art and mindfulness that comes with this program allows youth to build resilience, increase problem solving and coping skills, and express their emotions in healthy ways. In other words, we help youth learn to be their best selves.

Program options available include:

  • STEAM program – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math: Helps develop soft skills (creativity, problem-solving, collaboration), increases engagement and motivation, and personalizes the learning experience.
  • Storytelling and Creative Writing: Reduces feelings of isolation, provides perspective, offers a springboard for further exploration and expression through art, talk and play.
  • Expressive Play Therapy: Helps children to better express themselves and work through their challenge.
  • Art Therapy: Allows children to process their experiences to reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Music Therapy: Beneficial for stress management and improving the cognitive abilities of children
  • Drama Therapy: Reduces feelings of isolation by developing coping skills and increases the range of expression of feelings.
  • Nature-Based Learning: Boosts reading, writing, math, social studies, and science performance. Increases focus and attention.
  • Movement and Dance: The use of movement increases creative access to emotions.
  • Yoga and Mindfulness: Helps children sit still, cope with change, self-soothe through stressful times, and make good decisions.

What is PRP?

PRP stands for psychiatric rehabilitation program. This program is an add-on to therapy and must be referred by a therapist. In order to qualify for PRP services, the client must be active in their current therapeutic services and would ideally be seen weekly by a therapist.

Your child will be assigned a Family Support Specialist who will schedule appointments with your child at least three time per month.

This is not therapy, it is an add-on service to assist your child in the skills needed to improve daily functioning in all areas of their life (home, school, and community). PRP is primarily a group service so your child may be participating in weekly group activities lead by their PRP Family Support Specialist.

This program offers psychiatric support services to children and adolescents with emotional disturbances. Our model is based on the “wraparound model” where services are provided within the school and community. The PRP staff members are the eyes, ears, and hands of the mental health provider incorporated into the daily life situations of the child and family.

PRP helps the individual live in their own home and community, strengthening their social and independent living skills while learning to function in a family. The Family Support Specialist assigned functions as a coach and mentor in this goal-oriented, person-centered program.

Requirements for Participation

• Participant must be presently engaged in therapy at The Personal Wellness Center
• Enrolled in Maryland’s Medical Assistance Program.

What is the goal and objective of PRP?

PRP services are designed to promote positive peer interaction, effective communication, self-help skills, completion of age-appropriate activities of daily living, frustration tolerance, etc. It is expected that the services will be designed and developed to address the individual rehabilitative needs of each child and adolescent, while taking into account the stressors evolving from the environment at home or in school. Providers of PRP services for children and adolescents must document progress on age-appropriate self-care and social skills and should address any barriers to improvement in the participant’s overall functioning.

Our PRP Services include:

• Rehabilitation assessment and ongoing evaluation to identify strengths, skills and needs.
• Facilitate development of self-care and age appropriate living and social skills.
• Promote use of community resources.
• Social relationships
• Leisure activities
• Assisted access to entitlements.
• Networking with other involved agencies.
• Parenting support classes and workshops
• Expressive Therapy and Mindfulness service modalities

Once accepted in the program, this is what you will expect:

Enrollment

Within 10 working days of the date of acceptance, the assigned PRP Caseworker will meet with the client to obtain electronic consent of the individual, inform of procedures for discharge, charges for service and establish a date for initiation of services.

During the initial session, the PRP Caseworker will complete an Assessment which includes information regarding: Housing/Basic Living, Patient and Family Independent Living/Community Skills, Family Relationships, Employment/Income Management, Physical Health/Medication, Psychological/Emotional/Behavioral, Leisure/Social Supports and Community Resource Utilization. This information is obtained as a way for the PRP worker to assist the family and client in obtaining any entitlements (if needed) and provide a way to assess client’s progress while enrolled in the program.

Physical History

No later than 2 months from the date of initiation of services, documentation must be entered into the client’s record of a physical examination and immunization records not more than one year old. Documentation should also include somatic health problems, if any. Documentation should include history of allergies, physical examination completed and waives the requirement stating the rationale for waiving the requirements or documents a plan with a period for the obtaining of the physical examination.

A yearly physical and immunization records are required to remain an active participate in the program.

Individual Rehabilitation Plan

Within 30 calendar days of the initiation of services, the assigned PRP Caseworker will complete an Individual Rehabilitation Plan IRP in collaboration with the client, client’s family, the mental health provider and significant others if consented to by the client.

The IRP must include any identified health promotion and training needs. This plan is to be reviewed by the Rehabilitation Specialist/PRP Director.

IRPs are to be signed by client, client’s guardian, and the PRP Director.

IRPs are completed every three months to continue to review areas of improvement and/or deficits.

PRP Program Staff

Venessa Bowers

Venessa Bowers, LCSW-C , TCTSY-F, ERYT

Artistic expression has been a major part of my life since I was a child. From puppetry to dance, to voice and instrumental music, writing, theater and fiber art, the creative expression with which I was able to engage has been transformative in my life. As the creator and program director of the Blooming Lotus Project, I am so grateful to Veronica Correa for making this path to wellness accessible to the youth in this community.

Megan

Megan Anderson, BASW

I use creative writing as an expressive therapy. Writing has been a major part of my life since I was little and I plan on sharing it to help others draw out their inner lives and change their stories. I will be leading writing groups and developing our internal peer theater program.

Monica

Monica Bonilla, BASW

I am a visual artist who also teaches children’s yoga and Yin yoga. My approach to working with youth is to combine art and embodiment as a path to self-expression. I am a bilingual speaker.

Dele

Delé Clark-Shaw, BS

I am a performing and visual artist who uses dance, music, art, and theater as methods of self-expression. I am so excited to lead classes in dance and movement as well as in our peer theater outreach program.

Marta

Marta Cain, BA

I am a poet and an adult and children’s yoga instructor who combines movement, breath, and mindfulness with words to create visual stories. I am a bilingual speaker.

Dai

Chardai Guthrie, BA

I work use expressive play when working with children. I also teach children’s yoga and Yin yoga. What I love most about working with children is tailoring their needs to their imagination for a fun and creative learning experience.

Caleb

Caleb Nicolas, BA

I have played drums since I was 3 years old. I am so excited to work with the youth in this community because they can learn to use their body to positively express how they feel inside to the outside world. I am a bilingual speaker.

Kylene

Kylene Shupe, MSW

I am a fiber and visual artist who also teaches children’s yoga and Yin yoga. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with and support the youth in this community in building creativity as a space for resilience and growth.