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RCCP is posting for a new Field Instructor position!!

Hello everyone,   We are posting a full time field instructor position within the RCCP.  This position is an Extension Support Associate and will be working on both the TCI and CARE programs.  Below is the link for applicants if you are interested or know someone who might be interested in working with RCCP full time.  Please share with your colleagues.   External candidates would apply through this link: 

https://cornell.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/CornellPositions/job/Ithaca-Main-Campus/Field-Instructor---Residential-Child-Care-Project_WDR-00018883-1

 

RCCP trains staff of two NC school districts

Two North Carolina school districts are implementing a crisis prevention and intervention system created at the BCTR that teaches school staff how to use trauma-informed practices to anticipate and de-escalate disruptive behavior, manage aggression and help students learn social and emotional skills.

Please visit the BCTR website for the full article by clicking here or copying and pasting the following link: https://www.bctr.cornell.edu/rccp-trains-staff-of-two-nc-school-districts/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_campaign=b710cc12f3-Nov_Newsletter_2017_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2d9f8e46be-b710cc12f3-13702969

AN EVIDENCE-BASED PROGRAM MODEL FOR FACILITATING THERAPEUTIC RESPONSES TO PAIN-BASED BEHAVIOR IN RESIDENTIAL CARE

by Martha J. Holden and Deborah E. Sellers

Children and young people in residential care have often lived lives saturated with loss, neglect, rejection, and traumatic experiences. Children express the pain of trauma in various ways, namely pain-based behaviors manifesting in ways that often leave their care givers confused, frustrated, frightened, angry or exhausted. For residential caregivers to respond to children and young people in a consistent and therapeutic manner, residential environments must provide an ethos of respect, caring, and trust, creating a safe place for children and staff to live and learn together. This paper describes the Children and Residential Experiences (CARE) model, its implementation, and evidence for its effectiveness. The article is open access and can be found at: http://journals.uvic.ca/index.php/ijcyfs/index, in case you wish to view other articles as well, or you can download our article by clicking the following link.

Click here to download the article

 

Waterford Country School is our first certfied CARE Agency!

Waterford Country School has become our first certified Children and Residential Experiences (CARE) agency!

CARE Agency certification and an on-going partnership with Cornell University is designed to assist organizations to sustain the CARE model, avoid program drift and adaptations, and, in partnership with Cornell, develop program innovations that can be included in the model to keep pace with changing influences. This status is also to encourage contribution to the field through publications, translational research efforts, presentations, and communities of practice. Waterford Country School has demonstrated all of these objectives and maintained a long-term commitment to improving the lives of children and families that it serves. CARE agency certification is for a three-year period.Waterford Country School has been an integral partner in the on-going development the CARE model as well as how agencies implement and sustain it. Professionals from all over the world have visited WCS to learn more about how an organization can implement and embed an evidence-based program model that focuses on relationships and builds on the strengths of children, families and staff. WCS has been an inspiration to other organizations that have taken up this challenge. Not only have the children and families at WCS benefitted from the efforts of WCS, but the lives of children and families all over the world have improved as a result of the generosity and commitment of WCS.

 

Congratulations are in order for Oak Hill Boy's Ranch, the first TCI Registered agency in Canada!

Oak Hill Boy's Ranch has become our first Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) Registered Agency in Canada. As of January 2019, the organization is formally recognized for its ongoing commitment to fidelity with the implementation of the TCI System. Oak Hill Boy's Ranch, located in Edmonton, Alberta is a therapeutic campus-based program that is being recognized not only for its high standard of implementation of TCI, but also for its role in building a community of practice within the Province. The community of practice is creating opportunities for organizations to share ideas, collaborate together and improve services for young people in their communities. The Residential Child Care Project (RCCP) has shared a long history with Oak Hill Boy's Ranch through our work together with TCI, Children and Residential Experiences (CARE), conference presentations and special projects such as our work together on Simple Interactions through the Fred Roger's Institute. Achieving TCI Agency Registration marks a high standard and is a reflection of the commitment that Oak Hill Boy’s Ranch has to maintain best practice in the service of young people and their families.

 

Using Run Away Behavior to Examine The Importance of Responding to Crisis with Purpose

The field of residential care is one that is filled with many caring and supportive individuals and facilities who truly desire to do good work with children and young people. There are certainly variations in overall quality of care, yet a common thread of perceived “good intentions” is likely woven into the fabric of most who provide services to our youth. And there is little doubt that well-intended agencies and individuals are able to achieve some degree of positive, healing outcomes. Yet, a stark and sad reality exists – for despite the best of our intentions in our practice, tragic events still occur.

Click here to download the full article in pdf format

 

Is Proudly Hosting

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Families (TCIF) Training of Trainers (TxT)      

May 6-10, 2019

 

Please click here to download the brochure

 



QuickTRIP (Translating Research Into Practice)
March 2019

Overcoming Challenges with the Life Space Interview

Implementation of the Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) System includes use of the Life Space Interview (LSI) after a young person experiences a crisis. In the LSI, staff follow a series of seven steps to help young people process and learn from the experience. This QuickTRIP shares: 1) TCI trainer reported challenges and successes when implementing the LSI in residential or school settings; and 2) solutions for addressing these challenges.

Please click here to download the pdf of this QuickTRIP document

QuickTRIPs are summaries of research related to the Residential Child Care Project (RCCP) located at Cornell University in the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research. Research topics are inspired by and for practitioners at the RCCP. If you have comments, suggestions, or an idea for a research topic related to the work of RCCP, contact Eugene Saville, eas20@cornell.edu. We’d love to hear from you!

 

 

 

 

Martha Holden invited to reflect on “The Other 23 Hours”

Martha Holden, Director of the Residential Child Care Project was recently invited to write a commentary of the book “The Other 23 Hours: Child-care work with emotionally disturbed children in a therapeutic milieu” by Albert E. Trieschman, James Whittaker, and Larry Brendtro. In exploring the therapeutic milieu in working with children, the book remains transformative and relevant for those who work with children in group settings even 50 years after it was first published.

In reflecting on this book, via a personal journey through her career, Martha shows its impact and relevance to both her individual career and the field of residential child care. She also shares the influence the authors themselves had on her life throughout this personal journey. In doing so, combined with what we know today through recent translational research and implementation work, Martha shows just how foundational “The Other 23 Hours” is for those working with children on a daily basis.

You can read Martha’s reflections on “The 23 Hours” by clicking on the link below: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wrtc20/36/1?nav=tocList

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

Special Issue of Residential Treatment for Children and Youth Safety Perceptions of Children and Youth in Out-Of-Home Care

This special issue seeks to examine children’s perceptions of safety who reside in out-of-home care. Details on this Call for papers can be found by CLICKING HERE.

 

Brief statement regarding Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI)

Dear colleagues,

It has come to our attention at the Residential Child Care Project (RCCP), Cornell University, that there are individuals who may be offering our Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) training to organizations for a fee even though they are not certified to do so.

Please be aware that if an organization obtains TCI training for their staff from an individual who is not properly certified, then RCCP does not recognize or acknowledge the training.

The RCCP’s recommendation to organizations is to send someone to the TCI training of trainers (TCI TxT) to become certified to train TCI within your organization, but we realize that is not always possible.

If you are planning to have staff trained in TCI by hiring someone to come in and provide the training, please contact RCCP prior to engaging these services so that we can verify if the individual is properly certified to provide the training to your organization.

RCCP contact information can be found on this site at: http://rccp.cornell.edu/contactus/contactus.html

Exploration of the youth-adult relationship in residential care

This study examined the perceptions of youth living in residential care about their relationships with the youth care workers who care for them. The data come from an open-ended survey question asking youth to describe the qualities they like about their favorite youth care worker. A total of 738 youth from across 16 agencies participated, and a wide range of topics were described. Using the constant comparative method, we developed a scheme for categorizing care worker qualities and coded all responses to identify the primary themes reported by youth. Eighteen categories emerged including qualities mostly related to interactional style such as engagement, genuineness, flexibility, understanding, respect, and structure. The categories endorsed by youth differed based on their gender, age, and tenure at the agency. Findings from this work can support residential care agencies’ efforts to maximize their fit with the needs, preferences, and best interests of the youth they serve.

Click here to view a pdf of the study

 

Residential Child Care Project guest lecturers at the seminar "Perspectives of International Social Work" was carried out at the ZHAW School of Social Work in collaboration with FICE Switzerland

Residential Child Care Project director, Martha Holden, and Cornell consultant Jack Holden joined nine students in the seminar "Perspectives of International Social Work" on October 10-12, 2018 in Switzerland at the ZHAW School of Social Work. The goal of the seminar was to inform students about the CARE model, and to analyze its success as a research and practice informed program model. Full articles can be viewed at:

https://www.ficeinter.net/single-post/2018/10/23/Seminar-Perspectives-of-International-Social-Work-was-carried-out-at-the-ZHAW-School-of-Social-Work-in-collaboration-with-FICE-Switzerland

https://www.zhaw.ch/de/sozialearbeit/institute-zentren/ism/news-ism-detail/news-single/international-inspiration-for-child-and-youth-care/

 

Residential Child Care Project receives $2.8M grant



The Residential Child Care Project – a longtime Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research program designed to improve the quality of care for children living in group care settings – received a $2.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish the Center for Creating Trauma-Informed Residential Settings and share two of its programs with residential care centers across the country.The grant is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, a federal effort to develop a national network of services for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma.

Click here for the link to the full article: https://www.bctr.cornell.edu/residential-child-care-project-receives-2-8m-grant/


Innovative RCCP conference puts attendees in charge



The Residential Child Care Project (RCCP) hosted an event this fall to provide leaders from residential child care agencies a forum to share experiences and improve practices at their agencies.A total of 36 leaders from 22 residential care agencies in three countries attended the conference, which took place from September 18 to 20 on Cornell’s campus. Each of the agencies who participated in the conference is in the process of implementing or using the Children and Residential Experiences: Creating Conditions for Change, or CARE, model – an evidence-based program developed by the RCCP to improve the social dynamics in residential care settings.

Click here for the link to the full article: https://www.bctr.cornell.edu/innovative-rccp-conference-puts-attendees-in-charge/

 

RCCP welcomes Zachary Barry as our newest full-time field instructor!!

We at RCCP are pleased to announce the appointment of Zachary Barry as our newest field instructor. Zachary has been working with children and families for 10 years and as a TCI trainer since 2013. His initial experience stems from hunger advocacy where he developed and implemented the “Snack Pack Program”, which screened for at risk youth and provided those identified with meals over extended school breaks. Zachary has worked in the Residential setting both as a direct care professional and a social worker as well as multiple roles in Therapeutic Foster Care. Zachary has also assisted in developing agency policy and implementing trackers which enrich evidenced based practices and improve outcomes. Zachary’s research interests are the effects of stress and trauma on the brain and how Child Welfare professionals can help achieve resiliency for families.

 

Congratulations Waterford Country School!

Congratulations to Waterford Country School for becoming the first TCI Registered Agency.  Achieving this high standard of fidelity to the TCI System is a major accomplishment.  Waterford Country School provides quality care and services to children and families and has consistently demonstrated a commitment to best practice and continuous quality improvement.  They have been a valued partner with Cornell University in implementing, sustaining and evaluating both our TCI System and CARE program model.  In recent years they have contributed to the field through presenting at conferences, hosting community of practice events, opening up their campus to curious visitors, and publishing research results in journals.

 

RCCP welcomes Richard Heresniak as our newest full-time field instructor!!

We at RCCP are pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Heresniak as our newest field instructor. Rich has worked in the field of residential care since 1985, beginning his career at Astor Services for Children and Families in NY. Rich was Cornell's first Professionally certified TCI trainer, and has been a consultant with the Residential Child Care Project since 2003. Rich will continue to provide training and technical assistance in TCI and CARE, as well as curriculum design and development, along with many other contributions to the RCCP. We look forward to working with Rich in his new role!

 



QuickTRIP (Translating Research Into Practice)
April 2018

The Life Space Interview

The Life Space Interview is a verbal strategy for providing active intervention in young people’s lives. Referred to as “the clinical exploitation of life events”, staff can use the LSI to help children move from impulse to self-regulation to self-mastery. Trainers play a key role in helping staff understand the importance of implementing high quality LSIs.

Please click here to download the pdf of this QuickTRIP document

QuickTRIPs are summaries of research related to the Residential Child Care Project (RCCP) located at Cornell University in the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research. Research topics are inspired by and for practitioners at the RCCP. If you have comments, suggestions, or an idea for a research topic related to the work of RCCP, contact Eugene Saville, eas20@cornell.edu. We’d love to hear from you!

 

Sharing from RCCP's Regional TCI Events in the UK and Ireland

The recent regional TCI events in the UK and Ireland were a great success, and we would like to share some material from those events.

The pdf documents below are provided by Martha Holden. We hope that you find them informative and useful.

Brief CARE Model and Implementation ACWA-UK-IE.pdf

The pdf documents below are provided by Lisa McCabe. We hope that you find them informative and useful.

TCI Fidelity UK and Ireland.2017.final.pdf
LSI UK Ireland.11 2017.pdf
NWD TCIF findings.UK Ireland 2017.pdf

 

Continuing Education for TCI TxT courses

New York State Social Workers — LMSW Contact Hours: Cornell University / The Residential Child Care Project (RCCP) SW CPE is recognized by the NewYork State Education Department’s Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #309

NewYork State ContinuingTeacher and Leader Education – contact hours: Cornell University/Residential Child Care Project (RCCP) is approved by the NewYork State Education Department as a CTLE sponsor # 3460 pursuant to Section 80-6 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.

The above contact hours are currently only available in NYS, but we are currently exploring the possibilities of becomeing continuing education providers in other states.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 







CARE is now listed as a Promising Research Evidence-based model

RCCP is very pleased to announce that our Children And Residential Experiences (CARE) program is now listed as a Promising Research Evidence based model by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC). The link to the listing is:

http://www.cebc4cw.org/…/children-and-residential-…/detailed

We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to our colleagues around the world for their hard work and dedication, and to our CARE agenciesfor their amazing contributions to this process.

 

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".

 

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/