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Slide "Recovery is hard enough, our clients are facing a sea change - we have to be smarter about our approach to teaching" Scientifically grounded, eminently practical. Introducing Immersive - contact Access Foundation
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START SCROLLING I M M E R S I V E clients learn many things immersive is informal learning taught through engineered or structured practical experience.

01Deeper Encoding

Our clients are literally living the learning process, they are immersed in it. Through structured or engineered experience, the practical application of daily activities is a powerful instructor. But lessons are not always processed as they should or could be. The processing of daily events may have to be engineered in such a way that the client is unaware, and therefore does not get derailed or lose focus or enthusiasm.

An Immersive (IM) creation (structured/engineered experience or learning moment) will need to address the desire of the population we serve to learn any time in any place, putting people in control of their learning destiny. Studies show that 90% of all learning today is informal, simple, short, and engaging. This is not to say we are ‘dumbing down’ learning for the sake of being short or narrow focused. Quite the opposite. When appropriately applied, Immersive can allow for deeper encoding, reflection, and practical retrieval—all necessary for the successful exchange of knowledge and learning application.

To be effective, an IM project must fit naturally into the daily workflow, engage clients in voluntary participation, be based in brain science (how people actually learn), adapt continually to ingrain the knowledge client’s need to recover successfully, and ultimately drive behaviors that impact specific outcomes.

What Immersive is NOT
  • Immersive is NOT a complete learning program.
  • Immersive is NOT a resource library.
  • Immersive is NOT right for every outcome.
  • Immersive canNOT be forced on to someone.
  • For performance and behavior NOT for need to know.
  • Immersive is NOT a replacement for other methods.

02Intentionally Designed

“Structured” and “engineered” refers to being “intentionally designed” to produce an intended learning or behavioral outcome. Without this element to IM, learning is simply left to happenstance.

One of the first things we consider when creating an IM is to determine what the desired outcome should be—for example, to create a budget, properly clean a room, or act or behave in a certain way. Our Immersive event will be intentionally designed to help to facilitate that specific outcome, which would be less likely to occur without the program. This will focus our design and provide the intended measurable result.

Immersive is behavioral

Immersive is cognitive

Immersive is constructive

Immersive is connective

Immersive is contextual or ``real world``

Learning through collaborating with peers

Learners control the pace

03Voluntary Engagement

Without some type of engagement or method to hold the participant’s attention, the value of IM is lost. Engagement occurs when the participant’s attention is tuned into the Immersive event and they voluntarily agree to take part in the learning. Engagement can take the form of gamification (forced engagement), a buzzing or beeping emitted from an educational app (sensory engagement), or the participant’s desire or “need to know” during the daily flow of recovery (self-prompted engagement).

Passively watching a video or absent-mindedly reading a message does not constitute an activity or lead to a desired outcome. The learning or performance improvement portion of IM is a direct result of some type of action or activity being evoked. Research is clear that most knowledge gains occur when a person is involved in an activity to reinforce the learning. The activity might be as subtle as a mental activity, “consider three options for solving this problem,” or as overt as a physical activity, “take the wrench and twist the bolt in a clockwise direction to tighten.”

When put together, these elements suggest an engaging but brief experience to achieve a focused outcome, that is the definition of Immersive.

Financial Responsibility 0
Leadership & Management 0
Emotional Intelligence 0
Daily Life Skills 0

What Do We Use Immersive For?

Finances are a problem in every stage of recovery. Substance use disorders are expensive, a steady income is difficult, and legal fees and other costs tied to choices made under the influence do not help. For most, all of this requires going deeply into debt. So the first few months of recovery can feel overwhelming, dealing with the debt that has accrued while also learning how to manage the daily bills that just come with life and living is priority number one. Through Immersive learning, participants will start with a budget, they will open a bank account, start saving, pay down debt and live debt free. We help them improve their poor credit by reporting on-time rent payments to the credit bureaus.

Many who come through The Stable Environment Model will have opportunities to serve in a Leadership capacity as a House President, a Vice President, a House Finance Manger, and a Chore Advisor. We provide Policies & Procedures that give direction and support to the leadership team. Mentoring takes on a priority role, while participants learn to own their mistakes, to not judge others, to practice acceptance, forgiveness, and gratitude.

The leadership team contributes to house culture, administers drug tests, completes incident reports, attends to other tenant’s needs. They conduct weekly meetings, report to management, perform inspections, review applicant qualifications, and participate in weekly house training sessions. The Immersive shadow leadership team turns decisions and problems back onto the house leadership team for solving and helps process skills learned through the practical application of their responsibilities.

Emotional intelligence, at a minimum, refers to how well people read, understand and communicate with others, as well as how effectively they control their emotions. Substance abuse has prevented individuals from appropriately accessing their emotions — and from developing an honest self-awareness. Emotional management has been outside their grasp for as long as they have been using. Immersive helps those recovering from a habitual and harmful physical behavior through an ongoing process of nurturing emotional fortitude. They benefit greatly from developing self-awareness, self-regard, and positive self-expression; they learn trust, empathy, and social responsibility; they learn to adapt to unpredictable and unfamiliar situations; and they learn how to solve problems and control impulses. It greatly increases a person’s potential for success in their relationships, recovery, and career moving forward and positively influences their physical and mental health as well. The EQ assessment is the single best known indicator of future success.

Most of those recovering from addiction have neglected basic responsibilities for so long, they have forgotten how to care for themselves. many have missed out on certain milestones and life’s important lessons. Immersive helps participants reacquire lost or forgotten skills such as doing laundry, meal planning, shopping, cooking, cleaning, even making a bed and personal hygiene.

People struggling with addiction typically get older but the don’t “grow up”. Immersive helps participants stay on task and learn to navigate these responsibilities effortlessly.