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Feature Story 4 (4th in a series): Youth Voice Band/CARE Principles in Action…

There was an early version of The Youth Voice Band that was larger than most of our bands at that time that included myself and five young people . The band lasted longer than most of our bands at that time and over the course of more than a year we had the same drummer, keyboard player and guitarist, only one change at bass, and I believe four different lead vocalists.

When our original bass player was discharged from our Hillside program, we held auditions and chose who we thought would best replace him. When the new person Nick came to his first full rehearsal, before I had a chance to give him my usual orientation speech, Donnie, our keyboard player, asked if he could do it.

I said, “Of course.”

“Welcome to the band, Nick. It’s a lot of fun and we’re glad to have you, but it’s also a lot of work. You’ve got to be at every rehearsal. If you absolutely have to miss a rehearsal you must give Kim as much notice as you can. We all depend on each other. We need every member here to make rehearsals productive. And once you learn a song Kim is going to make you practice it over and over until you start hating it. You’re even going to start hating Kim a little bit. All of us remember how bored we got with the first four songs we learned and how much we hated playing them over and over again. But then you walk into the recording studio or onto a stage in front of two hundred people…well, you’re going to look out at those people and feel a little nervous but the other thing you’re going to feel is confident. I remember thinking I was going to panic the first time we played in front of a big crowd, but instead I walked out onto that stage and thought, ‘I got this’….and that’s when you know what a good thing it was to play those songs so many times that you could play them in your sleep.”

Practical CARE moments in this story can be seen in the strong relationship between staff and youth along with competence-centered through the peer-peer interaction about the importance of practicing.

Click here to listen to a song by the Youth Voice Band called "The Misunderstood".


Announcing transition for TCI in Australia - From TWI to TACT

Dear Colleagues, It has been almost 20 years since the first Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) course was offered in Australia. From early on until 2014, The Thomas Wright Institute (TWI), sponsored by the Marymead Child and Family Centre, provided TCI training courses, offered implementation guidance and overall support to individual trainers and agencies interested in TCI. Upon the closing of the Thomas Wright Institute in 2014, Therapeutic Welfare Interventions (TWI) was established and has continued to provide the same high level of care and attention to providing TCI courses and technical assistance to the trainers and agencies across all of Australia and New Zealand. As of June 30, TWI will be handing off the oversight of TCI to TACT Training and Consultancy in Newcastle, NSW. The staff at TACT have long been associated with TCI and they are excited about the opportunity to continue providing TCI training and implementation support across Australia. The RCCP, TWI and TACT are working together to assure a smooth transition.

New contact details for information regarding trainings after June can found by contacting TACT staff at the following details:

Phone: 0481 275 145
Website: http://www.tacttraining.org.au/
Email: info@tacttraining.org.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 TCI Regional Events

The Residential Child Care Project is pleased to welcome you to our 2017 Regional Events designed to share what we have learned through evaluation and research efforts. In addition, we hope this provides opportunities for our UK and Irish colleagues to network and share insights into the complex issues that are challenging our work and our attempts to serve the best interests of children and families. We have scheduled 2 regional events that will take place on November 6, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland and repeated on November 9, 2017 in Doncaster, UK. These regional seminars will give us the opportunity to share what we have learned about trauma-informed programming from 2 studies, results on the impact of TCI for Family Care Providers training in a UK study, and the results of implementing the TCI system in a large UK organization. In addition, we will share preliminary results from our TCI fidelity work. For those of you who are TCI trainers, these events are combined with a second day specifically designed for TCI trainers. The second day will look at the results from LSI surveys as well as provide opportunities for TCI trainers to share ideas for future editions of TCI and TCI for families. Of course, there will be the re-certification testing so that TCI trainers can apply for recertification. We look forward to seeing you at one of these events. Click here, or on the image above, to download a copy of the brochure.

 

The CARE Program Model: Theory to Quality Practice in Residential Child Care

This report summarizes the presentation that was delivered on April 29, 2016 at the ALIGN conference in Edmonton, Alberta. The first section describes the CARE model of practice (Children and Residential Experiences), and the model of implementation. The second section summarizes the results of a multisite study of CARE implementation in the USA.

Click here to download a pdf of this article.

 

Feature Story 3 (3rd in a series): Youth Voice Band/CARE Principles in Action…

This latest article, written by Kim Draheim, is a follow-up to the first article and continues the story about how the Youth Voice Band personifies the CARE principles in action.

Background: In June 2016, RCCP had the priviledge and the pleasure of opening our international conference with an extremely heartfelt and emotional musical performance by the Youth Voice Band from Hillside Family of Agencies. The songs that they performed, mostly original music, show us what some of our most vulnerable children go through each day of their lives.

Click here for a copy of the full article.

Click here to listen to a song by the Youth Voice Band called "A Helping Hand".

 

Reflections from the “Building a Community of Practice” International Conference - Write On Community of Practice

by Jack C. Holden, Michael Nunno, Dale Curry, Laura Steckley and Raymond Taylor

Click here to download the article, or paste the following URL into your browser: http://www.cyc-net.org/cyc-online/feb2017.pdf

 

Martha Holden Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Please join us in congratulating Martha Holden for receiving The National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Career Achievement Award!

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Feature Story 1a (2nd in a series) Youth Voice Band / CARE Principles in Action...

by Kim Draheim, Hillside Family of Agencies

This latest article, written by Kim Draheim, is a follow-up to the first article and continues the story about how the Youth Voice Band personifies the CARE principles in action.

Background: In June 2016, RCCP had the priviledge and the pleasure of opening our international conference with an extremely heartfelt and emotional musical performance by the Youth Voice Band from Hillside Family of Agencies. The songs that they performed, mostly original music, show us what some of our most vulnerable children go through each day of their lives.

Click here for the full article.

Click here to hear one of YVB's original songs entitled "Christmas In A Place That Isn't Home"

 

RCCP's Newest TCI Instructor

Please join RCCP in congratulating our newest TCI Instructor, Fiona Waites. Fiona has worked with youth in a variety of out-of-home care and homeless shelter settings for over a decade. Since mid-2013, she has focussed her career on Learning and Development – specialising in supporting staff and carers engaging with traumatised young people. Fiona’s initial experience with TCI was in 2004, and in 2011 became an Associate Trainer. Based in Brisbane, Australia, she has been providing support across the State of Queensland within the learning and development field. She has a particular interest in brain functioning, trauma and mental health. She is a Mental Health First Aid Instructor as well as facilitating a number of in-house programs for Churches of Christ Queensland.

 

Youth Voice Band / CARE Principles in Action...

by Kim Draheim, Hillside Family of Agencies

In June 2016, RCCP had the priviledge and the pleasure of opening our international conference with an extremely heartfelt and emotional musical performance by the Youth Voice Band from Hillside Family of Agencies. The songs that they performed, mostly original music, show us what some of our most vulnerable children go through each day of their lives. This article, written by their mentor Kim Draheim, talks about how the Youth Voice Band personifies the CARE principles in action.

Click here for the full article.

Click here to hear one of YVB's original songs entitled "Can You See Who We Are?"

 

Therapeutic Residential Care for Children and Youth: A Consensus Statement of the International Work Group on Therapeutic Residential Care

The International Work Group for Therapeutic Residential Care is a group of international experts representing research, policy, service delivery, and families. Please check out the article at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0886571X.2016.1215755

 

Highlights from the RCCP Fourth International Conference, Building a Community of Practice, June 21-24 2016.

The Residential Child Care Project (RCCP) held its fourth international conference on June 21 to 24, 2016 in Lake George, NY. The event titled, Building a Community of Practice, delivered as promised, uniting approximately 250 child caring professionals from 13 countries and laying the groundwork for an online community of practice dialogue. Included is an article detailing highlights from the event, perceptions from conference attendees, downloads, and links to blogs that stem from conference discussions.

TCI Fidelity Assessment Program Is Now Offering TCI Agency Registration

This new RCCP initiative formally recognizes child care agencies or schools whose implementation of the TCI system meets the highest standards. Besides affirming an organization's commitment to implementing the TCI system with fidelity, the purpose of this registration is to join the organization into a university-linked community of TCI practice. Other privileges include discounts and technical assistance. To find out more about this option, please click here.

Join Us on Social Media!

The RCCP is now on Face book! Find out what we're doing...and let us know what you're up to: https://www.facebook.com/residentialchildcareproject/