What makes services at The Superhero in All of Us different?
Services through The Superhero in All of Us are completely nontraditional and unlike anything you have experienced before.
Every single person who works for The Superhero in All of Us - from the CEO to the clinical team to the guy who stuffs our professional development packets - experienced significant adversity in their youth and overcame it. It's a requirement to be part of our team. When you come to us, you will never have an interaction with someone who doesn't get it or who sees you as different from them, regardless of your challenge.
Because everyone on our team has a background of childhood adversity, we see this work as a mission to help others like ourselves. It's personal. No one we work with is ever a number or just another case.
You will never see anyone on our team dressed in a suit with a stuffy, inaccessable professional mentality. We take what we do seriously, but we're all about fun with purpose. We are your partner in this endevor, your friend. Not your accountant. It should never feel that way.
There is no time limit on our services. You will not be pushed out the door with an experation date. Services can change and evolve with your needs, but we're committed to be involved for as long as you need us. Even after graduation from our programs, you're likely to find one of our providers at high school graduation, a football game, or a celebration every once in awhile. You can still call us to tell us about your successes.
The rules were meant to be broken. We believe that individualized services means that everything is handled on a case by case basis. We're here to go above and beyond in all of the ways that matter.
No provider ever has more than five cases. Say goodbye to not having your needs met because there are twenty other families ahead of you - that will never happen here. You are a priority.
We have enough male team members to ensure that males can be assigned to male providers.
Our CEO isn't some guy in a fancy office that you will never talk to unless you have a really serious issue and most certainly never meet. When you call for services, he's the guy who picks up the phone. You will definitely see him, know him, and have acess to him - all on a fairly regular basis. He might even be the one directly providing services to your family.
What model of service do you practice?
We believe in a strength centered model of practice. We encourage, motivate, and establish accountablity. We don't believe that any youth is unreachable or impossible. In fact, we believe that youth who present as challenging are actually quite gifted, and simply don't know how to utilize that gift appropriately. Further, we believe in "paying it forward" by using those gifts to help others when we've found our own way.
What ages are your services appropriate for?
We have two different service categories for individuals: Youth Services and Life Coaching.
Youth services are for kids. Typically, that means youth between five and twenty one years of age. However, we work with anyone who is developmentally in that age range, regardless of their chronological age. These services are always face to face sessions in your home or community.
Life coaching is for those over 21 years of age. We may take those between the ages of 18-21 on a case by case basis, if this service is more appropriate than youth services. We typically work with caregivers, mental health professionals, educators, and young adults seeking to accomplish their educational, vocational, and independence goals.
What kind of issues do you address?
We work with youth and adults who want to overcome adversity and achieve their fullest potential. We do a lot of practical work - self esteem, skill building, independence. It's our goal to help you achieve yours. No challenge is too big or small. We've worked with individuals with a variety of challenges including ADHD, developmental disabilities, depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress.
While the mjaority of our work is NOT clinicial, we do have a clinician on staff to provide guidance, evaluations, and therapy on a case by case basis for our clients when deemed necessary. When a client presents with significant clinical challenges, we do require that they are seen by a clinican, whether through us or another program.
Do you accept insurance?
We do not accept insurance at this time. Unfortunately, insurance companies really haven't caught up to innovative services like ours. However, we're open to exploring alternative funding sources and can make suggestions to help make services more affordible.
The Superhero in All of Us - Frequently Asked Questions
What training do your providers have?
Everyone on our team has a background of significant childhood adversity, so they've utilized the techniques that they're now passing on to you.
Every team member has been extensively trained by our CEO, Erik Riverson. Our leadership team was mentored by Erik for years prior to the launch of this company and continues to be so.
All of our team members have at least a year of experience working with at risk youth and have college level education in psychology.
Our Clinicial Consultant is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of NJ. She received her undergraduate education in theater and her Master of Social Work Degree from New York University. She has experience providing services both in community based programs and in private practice, with both children and adults.
Our CEO has worked with children and families for 15 years in many roles, including mentoring, behavioral interventions, support group leadership, and case management. He has held leadership positions in program management for high risk young adults and developed policy at the state and county levels, through his work on boards of trustees and as a child welfare expert for the State of NJ. Erik has been providing training and community education for the past eight years. He is also an accomplished author and consultant. Erik holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Sociology, and will complete his graduate degree in Child Advocacy and Policy in 2016.
Where does your name come from?
First things first - Superheroes are awesome. There's simply no disputing that.
We believe that individuals, particularly those typically considered "special needs" have an amazing strength inside them and abilities that can change the world - both for themselves and for others. We embrace a philosphy that integrates healing with a pay it forward mentality. Through helping others, we find who we are meant to be and the great things that we can accomplish.
How do I become a part of your team?
Call our CEO, he'll be happy to interview you. All team members are independent contractors, so we can take on new team members at any time and when a case that fits comes along, we'll contact you. Our team meets monthly, and when you have cases, you'll be required to meet with our CEO via telephone once a week.
Here are the requirements:
1. You must have experienced significant childhood adversity prior to the age of 21 and be recovered.
2. You must believe that all individuals can achieve success and have an altruistic moral commitment.
3. You have to keep your fancy clothes in the closet.
4. You must be engaging, fun, and unique.
5. While educational requirements are evaluated on a case by case basis, it's important that you have experience encouraging, assisting, and motivating special needs youth.
We love when our kids show an interest in becoming providers. While providers are typically over the age of 21, we always have roles that younger people can fill.
How can I get Erik to come to my school/organization for an event?
Your first step is to contact Erik directly, either by phone or email. He'll set up a time to discuss your needs, quote the investment, and if it feels like a good fit, a date will be scheduled. Payment terms are arranged on a case by case basis. However, scheduling a date on Erik's calandar is a commitment to compensation in full (with the exception of rescheduled events due to extreme weather conditions, ect).
Note: The Superhero in All of Us only works with schools and organizations that embrace similiar core values to our own, or are scheduling an event because they are open and willing to do so. We support folks who put kids first and believe in the accessability of theitr fullest potential. We'll never do kid bashing, limiting, or power trips. And we won't work with anyone who does. That's our bottom line.
How can I get a copy of your book?
There are two ways to do this:
Purchase a copy at an event. They're 20% off when doing so. Orders of multiple copies should be confirmed ahead of time to ensure availability, typically at least three weeks in advance. Orders of ten or more will require advance payment, but the discount still applies. Contact us for details.
Copies of The Superhero in All of Us: Achieve Your Fullest Potential can also be purchased through this website, on our "Product" page.