Workshop Sessions IV, Session B5: The Main Course: Two Residential Journeys with Youth-guided Care and Preventing Aggression and Restraint and Seclusion
Astra Garner, LCPC, LPC, President, Niles, (MO)
David Cocoros, MS, Co-Executive Director, Youth Development Institute (AZ);
Trish Cocoros, BS, Co-Executive Director, Youth Development Institute (AZ);
Maria Lopez-Smith, LCSW, LASAC, Executive Clinical Director, Youth Development Institute (AZ);
Charles David Molina, MS, Instructor & Student Advisory Board Liaison, Youth Development Institute (AZ);
Ken Lewter, MSW, Director of Residential Treatment Facility, Hillside Children’s Center (NY)
Many residential leaders share their concerns about supporting the needs of what they view as an increasing number of youth with challenges with aggression being referred for a residential intervention. Despite a focus on different trauma-informed practices, many leaders share that challenges with aggression and use of restraints and other undesired incidents (e.g., seclusion; AWOLs; police calls) are still a major issue for them. The Building Bridges Initiative has found that residential programs that utilize the evidence-based Six Core Strategies©, with a strong emphasis on the strategy of youth-guided and trauma-informed care, have realized sustained reductions with incidents of aggression, restraint, and other undesired events. This session will highlight the journeys of two residential programs towards implementing youth-guided and trauma-informed care, and preventing aggression, restraints and other incidents. Their use of strategies/practices in each of the different Six Core Strategies© (e.g., leadership; using data to inform practice; debriefing; workforce development; use of prevention tools; and family-driven/youth-guided care), with a special emphasis on youth-guided care, will be shared. Youth feedback on how best to support them in self-regulation and meeting with success will be intertwined throughout this training session. Attendees will take back both a deeper understanding regarding the administrative structure and strategies needed in their programs, and practices, to prevent aggression, restraints and other incidents, and most importantly, to increase youth voice, choice, skills and long-term sustained success in the community.