Philosophy & Practice

The Clara Martin Center adopted a philosophy of Resiliency and Recovery in 2006 and trained all staff and leadership in these principles. We adopted these principles as a basis for all agency operations including business office functions, management and administrative functions and within all of the clinical programming and services we offer. It is important to understand the protective factors at the base of our resiliency and recovery models.

Protective Factors are those environmental conditions that support the growth of resiliency, the ability to bounce back from adversity and the ability to achieve success in spite of setbacks.

The factors we strive to embrace in every aspect of our environment and culture are:

1) Social Competency

  • Caring relationships
  • Unconditional positive regard
  • Belonging to a positive peer culture

2) Problem Solving Skills

  • High expectations
  • Building from strengths
  • Determining interest & desire
  • Setting clearly defined individualized goals and benchmarks
  • Structuring plans for success
  • Developing commitment
  • Rewards and incentives

3) A Sense of Meaning & Purpose

  • Opportunities for meaningful participation
  • Voice & decision making
  • Choice
  • Problem solving
  • Networking and making connections
  • Planning ahead
  • Experiential
  • Community service
  • Self-expression
  • Cooperative learning