Emphasize the positive teaching of functional skills and behaviors.
Teaching-Family Association programs emphasize the positive teaching of functional skills and behaviors. Agencies promote a systematic, positive behavioral approach to teaching behavior. Staff and service providers model appropriate skills when teaching clients.
Teaching is provided through positive interactions with clients, which typically include praise, specific descriptions of behavior, client-centered rationales, acknowledgment, opportunities for practice, and positive quality components. Staff use appropriate crisis intervention techniques when dealing with aggressive and intensive behavior.
The Agency promotes a systematic positive behavioral approach to teaching (treatment plans focus on specific target skills that change as needed to reflect progress; focus of teaching is on clients’ strengths and appropriate efforts; clients are able to advance through levels as they progress, gaining more privileges and/or freedoms as they earn them, etc.)?
Staff and practitioners seize opportunities to teach and rely on Teaching-Family Model teaching procedures (i.e., planned and preventive teaching, effective praise and corrective teaching interactions, logical and natural consequences, and/or other innovative teaching strategies appropriate for the population served)?
Teaching interactions are supportive and typically include TFM components (i.e., initial praise or empathy, specific descriptions of behavior, client-centered rationales, acknowledgement, opportunities for practice and feedback, and positive quality components)? Note: Special programs and/or populations may require adaptations and variances to the TFM interaction?
Practitioners use planned, safe, de-escalation techniques in response to aggressive and/or severe behavior?
Staff and practitioners model the skills they are teaching clients (e.g., social skills, problem-solving skills, communication skills, quality components, etc.)?
TEACHING-FAMILY MODEL ACCREDITATION
— WHAT IS IT?
The Teaching-Family Model accreditation process evaluates implementation of standards related to performance and quality of treatment at all organization levels. Accreditation in the Teaching-Family Model assures agency-wide adherence to best practices leading to quality outcomes for clients.