Dean knew Max needed a caring adult in his life, someone he could trust, someone who could provide him with the necessary tools to make positive change.
When Dean approached Max, Max already knew Dean’s reputation. Dean spent time listening to Max and started to build a trusting relationship. They would meet on the street corner by Max’s house, speak on the phone, or grab a bite to eat. Once Max trusted Dean, the hard work began.
Dean worked with Max to help him identify his thoughts, emotions, and the behaviors connected to those emotions. Together they set goals and an action plan on how to reach those goals.
Max wanted a job. To reach that goal, he needed to develop skills that would help him in the interview process, and once he got a job, help him keep the job. Together they worked on building those skills.
Today Max has a full-time job. Every week, when he gets his paycheck, he is proud of what he has accomplished. Max’s next step is to reconnect to school, graduate from high school, and work towards a post-secondary degree.