Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Restorative Approach Training

I have been working very hard on completely revising my Restorative Approach one day training. It now follows the order of my book (Trauma Informed Care- The Restorative Approach www, The exercises consist mainly of scenarios. The training includes many useful tools. I strongly urge anyone who is interested in the approach to attend my day long training at Klingberg on the 29th, even if you have attended a previous one. Besides, everyone who attends that training will get a copy of my book! If you can’t do that, I hope to see you at a training in the future. As you can see I am very excited about this new presentation. 

Here is the outline:

I.              The trauma framework, a useful road map to understanding both the effects of trauma and how people can heal.

II.            The Treatment Model

a)                  Overview
b)                 Use of Brain Science
c)                  Day-to-day Operation (Attunement exercise)
d)                 Common concerns

III.           Case examples demonstrating the daily workings of a trauma-informed treatment program. Handout: Scenarios

a)                  Defining and discussing behavior: Cassidy, Sarita and Dahlia
b)                 Managing challenges: Marcus, LaTasha, Juan, Young Love, Jesse, Taking Responsibility
c)                  Holding our values during hard times: Kathy, Katrina, Aaron, Trevor and Mario

IV.          Responding when children hurt others.

a)                  Theory of change
b)                 Rewards and punishments
c)                  Joquim Plays Basketball
d)                 Exercise: Becoming More Like You (Handout)
e)                  The Restorative Task, a response that incorporates opportunities for healing and for making amends. Handout: Formulation and the Restorative Task
f)                   Exercise: Formulation Jeffrey and Alexandra
g)                  Exercise: Restorative Task: Jeffrey and Alexandra
h)                 Taking Responsibility
i)                     When the program feels like a war zone  (Handout)

V.           The role of the clinician in trauma-informed care

a)                  Characteristics of clinicians who will succeed in this system
b)                 Necessary training
c)                  The clinician and the team
d)                 Treatment planning
e)                  Supervision and Support

VI.          Trauma-informed care and families.

a)                  Parents as trauma survivors. Exercise: Laura
b)                  Need to feel safe and to build trust. Exercises: Jaquanda, the Johnson family
c)                  Recognize and honor their strengths
d)                 Family fun and joy.
e)                  Psycho-education
f)                   RA at home

VII.         The Restorative Approach and Foster Care

a)                  Training
b)                 Special Needs of Relative Foster Parents (Handout)
c)                  Defining Behavior
d)                 Not Giving Up
e)                  Handling Problem Behaviors Handout: Exercise:  Joseph Visits his Bio Mom, the Contingent Life, Handout: Behavior Management in Foster Care
f)                   VT

VIII.       Agency support for trauma-informed care.

a)                  Leadership Exercise: Problems in the Treatment Team
b)                 Structure
c)                  Culture Exercise: Boundary Questions
d)                 Physical plant

IX.           Staff development.

a)                  Hiring
b)                 Training
c)                  Supervision
d)                  Promotion
e)                  Skill building
f)                   Staff turnover
g)                  Attention to vicarious traumatization

X.           Sustaining the change

a)                  Forces pushing towards a punitive approach
b)                 Predicting and addressing challenges
c)                  Measuring and celebrating progress
d)                 Celebrating success will help sustain the transformation

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