There are three building blocks of identity that are challenged during a move:
- social identity
- paper identity
Researchers have defined five phases of the relocation experience:
- separation (from former home)
- transformation (in-between)
- initial integration (a time for both grieving and self-discovery)
- extended integration (slowly settling into new roles)
- maintenance (deepening a sustained community connection)
- Assessment, which includes one-on-one Q&A and self-directed exercises designed to clarify individual needs and priorities.
- Design, which includes identifying individuals and community resources that will support the transition process.
- Implementation, which includes facilitated introductions, jointly-attended gatherings, and follow-up assignments.
- Follow-through, which includes periodic assessments and feedback regarding the effectiveness of the process. Any necessary adjustments will be made at this time.
As with all relationship-based enterprises, it is impossible to guarantee a specific outcome. There is a shared responsibility in fulfilling the program, and it is this mutual engagement that improves the likelihood of a personalized and meaningful integration into the community.
We look forward to embarking on this exciting journey with you!