How we’re different
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HUMANE & RESPECTFUL PRACTICES that ensure the safety, well-being, and rights of the person served
EFFECTIVE TREATMENT that has measurable outcomes and achieves child, youth, adult, and family goals
INDIVIDUALIZED TREATMENT that meets social, emotional, cognitive, and developmental needs
TRAUMA-INFORMED APPROACH to understanding and responding to the individual’s life experiences
QUALITY ASSURANCE SYSTEMS that are responsive to client feedback and program outcomes
Supporting High Fidelity Implementation
To support high fidelity implementation of the Model’s program components, four integrated support systems create a framework in which the treatment elements can be delivered. These supports are wrapped around the practitioner to ensure that their skill set and treatment interventions are of the highest quality and effectiveness. The data collected on each of the following systems provides the organization with the ability to analyze treatment implementation and program effectiveness.
Direct care practitioners are provided with an intensive curriculum of competency-based training before working with children, youth, adults, and families. Engagement and relationship development, learning theory, applied behavior analysis, skill-based teaching procedures, client rights, self-determination, trauma-informed approaches, emotional regulation, management of challenging behaviors, and clinically based treatment planning form the core intervention strategies. Practitioners develop a professional skill repertoire that empowers them to recognize and meet the therapeutic needs of each youth.
Consultation, Coaching, & Supervision
Each team of practitioners is supported by a Consultant/Supervisor/Coach. Consultation continues the training process through frequent observations and precise development of the practitioners’ skills. Through coaching, modeling, practice, and verbal and written feedback, the supervisor supports the practitioner in achieving criteria to be certified in the Model.
Evaluation & Quality Assurance
The rigorous evaluation system provides accountability both at the practitioner and program levels, with built-in feedback by the client, parents, and external and internal stakeholders. Practitioners achieve certification by meeting criteria in a comprehensive review of all program components by trained evaluators. The practitioner level review includes an on-site observation of the practitioners’ implementation of Model skills with persons served, review of program data, and a satisfaction survey of program consumers.
The theoretical constructs of the Model emphasize the essential role of the practitioner as the catalyst for change and healing in the lives of persons served. In accordance with these principles, agency administrators using the Teaching-Family Model have a primary goal of supporting practitioners by providing the work environment, treatment and fiscal resources needed to equip them to deliver outcome focused services. Organizational structure supports the work of the practitioner at every level.
Essential to Model fidelity is the supervision and continual feedback between the four system components (training, consultation, evaluation, administration). While all of the components fulfill independent roles, they maintain fluid responsiveness to one another. A systemic change in one area will automatically necessitate adjustments in all other components to insure comprehensive service delivery. Demonstrated integration of all Model components facilitates excellence in the organization and is required to meet criteria as an accredited Teaching-Family Model provider.