847-869-1500 ext. 233

Core Competence Services


A strengths-based neurobiological approach to helping emerging adults discover, develop, and utilize their personal strengths and competencies as they work towards an independent, productive, and meaningful life. Working towards these goals in the home environment enables treatment to occur in real time, addressing real-world needs. Both short-term and extended-care plans are offered.

Services are billed directly to the individuals receiving services based on utilization. Administrative support for insurance reimbursement for services provided by licensed professionals is available.

Core Competence Home Health Service begins with the development of a home health treatment plan developed in collaboration with the young adult, family and Yellowbrick professionals.

Through the Core Competence Home Health Service, emerging adults aged 18-30 who are struggling to succeed on their own in the community will develop competence in:

Psychiatric Home Health

Healthy Lifestyle, Wellness

  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Weight Management
  • Kitchen Organization
  • Meal Planning
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Meal Preparation Techniques
  • Food Management
  • Food Safety

Independent Living

  • Time Management
  • Home Management
  • Money Management
  • Personal Self Care
  • Leisure Exploration
  • Social Skill Development
  • Community Integration
  • Personal Efficacy
  • Self Sufficiency

ReCognition – Cognitive Enhancement

  • Executive Function
  • Organizing
  • Planning
  • Task Completion
  • Attention
  • Memory
  • Visuospatial Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Social & Communication Skills

Education and Career Development

  • Educational Counseling
  • Tutoring Resources
  • Advocacy / Liaison with Schools
  • Career Counseling
  • Career Testing
  • Volunteerism
  • Job Search
  • Skill Development
  • Job Coaching

Our Core Competence professional staff work with emerging adults at home and in the community to teach and foster life skills, support growth and independence, and provide counseling services.

A focus upon nutrition and wellness, including education and side-by-side support, provides an opportunity for the emerging adult to develop agency to nourish the self for physical and mental health. Individualized care capitalizes upon the individual’s current skill and comfort level as a basis for anticipated progress.

Competence in a variety of life skills is vital to the emerging adult’s transition to an independent and productive life. Interventions are aimed at overcoming obstacles and building competence in life skills where they naturally occur: in the home, at school, at work, and in the community. Core competence staff work side by side with the emerging adult as they experience difficulties in order to overcome obstacles to progress. The goals are to develop and practice skills, enhance motivation, increase follow through, work towards a balanced lifestyle, and create a sense of mastery over the various life skill areas required to live an organized, independent and productive life.

Effective cognitive skills, including executive function – the ability to organize, plan, problem solve, and carry out action – support competence in all life areas. The ReCognition - Cognitive Enhancement program provides intensive, individualized, computer-based practice in the component mental skills that support executive function. ReCognition promotes self-awareness and insight into cognitive processes, enabling more effective use of cognitive strengths and the development of strategies that can generalize to daily life.

Developing a vision for the future is an important step in career development; however, the educational and career development process also requires the acquisition of many skills for long-term success. These skills are not innate; they are competencies to be mastered. Core Competence staff provide guidance and tools to foster mastery in key areas. With these tools the emerging adult can better realize their vision.


If you or someone you know is suffering from mental illness, please use our confidential contact form to send us a message. Our Assessment Center will respond to you as promptly as possible.

At Yellowbrick, emerging adults find their way home.

For more information, please contact Yellowbrick at 847-869-1500.

1560 Sherman Ave, Suite 400
Evanston, IL 60201

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For more information please contact
Director of Admissions
847-869-1500 Ext. 233.