Last Sunday, September 4, clients from our residential program for boys in Hollis had the opportunity to attend a rock concert. Thanks to the Libra Foundation (http://librafoundation.org/) they were able to experience this social event in the safest environment possible. With staff, the seven boys sat in a suite which included a restroom, comfortable oversized chairs, pizza, popcorn, and drinks. Surrounded by KISS fans on all sides, above and below, the boys saw one of the most amazing old-school rock performances as only KISS can provide: light show, pyrotechnics, acrobatics & more – complete with close-up views of the on-stage performance broadcast on enormous video screens. The sights and sounds were over the top, but the boys sat in their seats watching and even gradually including themselves in the audience participation a little! How are they able to display such mature and appropriate behavior? They learned it, in a group, prior to attending the show. Planning ahead of time for the potential situations they may encounter, including “triggers” (sensory, emotional, situational occurrences that immediately create an uncomfortable situation typically solved by maladaptive behaviors). There were substances, people, interactions that could trigger a response that has been used in the past, but no longer serves them. With the guidance of staff, the boys were able to sit through the concert, which for several was their first concert ever, and come away with a deep appreciation for what they were given as well as a sense of accomplishment, that they can do these things and be left with a sense of who they want to be and how that feels when they are able to follow through with their convictions. It is an honor to watch the process of treatment and living recovery for these kids. Well done!!!!