September, 2021: In memoriam
RCCP bids farewell to our dear colleague and friend, Tom Endres

It is with a deep, profound sadness that we mourn the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Tom Endres.  Tom passed away on September 14, 2021 while vacationing at Pike’s Peak in CO.

Tom dedicated his life to the field of residential child care for more than 40 years.  His unwavering commitment to enriching the lives of children in care was extraordinary.  Tom always knew that this was his true purpose in life.  His Master’s degree from an Educateur program at Ohio State University was specifically designed for work in residential care.  Tom was a foster and adoptive parent, and he worked for organizations in Ohio, Kentucky, and Florida before joining us at the Residential Child Care Project in 2001, where his impact on the field of residential care evolved to a more global scale. 

Through his work with the RCCP, Tom helped improve the lives of many children and residential and school staff across the United States, Canada, Bermuda, Australia, and Europe.  He embodied the principles that govern our work every day.  His commitment to helping young people and his love of life was inspirational.

“Our hearts are breaking over the loss of our dear friend and colleague.   We will miss his gentle kindness, unwavering commitment, and enduring drive to stay the course.  We are all better for having worked (and played) with him.  We love you Tom.  You will always live in our hearts and minds.

                        - The RCCP Team”

Obituary and services information can be found at:

Perspectives of International Social Work

University of Zurich, Switzerland | October 10-12, 2018

Hosted by: 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:


ZHAW School of Social Work

Ithaca, NY | September, 18-20, 2018

Hosted by: The Residential Child Care Project

The Residential Child Care Project (RCCP) hosted an event 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.

Dublin, Ireland | November 6-7, 2017 & Doncaster, UK | November 9-10, 2017

Hosted by: The Residential Child Care Project

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

TCI Fidelity UK and

LSI UK Ireland.11 2017.pdf

NWD TCIF findings.UK Ireland 2017.pdf

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.

This report from 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.

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. Click here to get the article.

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.

The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) listed CARE ias a Promising Research Evidence-based model. We want to extend our heartfe lt thanks to our colleagues around the world for their hard work and dedication, and to our CARE agencies for their amazing contributions to this process. Click here to learn more.

QuickTRIPS | Translating Research Into Practice

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, We’d love to hear from you! Below is a listing of QuickTRIPS published since 2017.


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.

THE LIFE SPACE INTERVIEW (Published April 2018)

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.


College of Human Ecology, Cornell University

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