Webinar: The Power and Impact of Authentic Youth Voice in Residential Interventions
Youth Voice is now a term in our professional lexicon, used to describe the concept of and commitment to encouraging, supporting, hearing, and learning from individuals with lived experience in our organizations and systems of care. Gone are the days of adults and professionals ‘knowing what’s best’ for the young people we serve without first hearing and considering the experiences and thoughts of those at the receiving end of assessments, diagnoses, treatment plans, and placement decisions. ACRC has published position papers that delve into the development of the voice of lived experience that provides suggestions for best practices and implementation, and our membership commits to strive toward the vision within.
As one anchor of the Family-Driven Youth-Guided movement, youth voice is often incorporated into the milieu in increasingly organic and unique ways. At Hathaway Sycamores Child & Family Services in CA, youth advocates are employed and work side by side with milieu staff. They serve as a support and a liaison for the young people served on campus and in the community. Youth advocates are often able to empathize with a young person’s perspective and develop meaningful relationships early on. Webinar participants will learn about Hathaway Sycamores journey in the realm of activating the youth voice and will share policies, procedures, and staffing structures currently in place.
At Youth Development Institute in AZ, a robust youth advisory council is in place, offering young people the opportunity to be the voice of the young people served in this organization. They participate in interviewing applicants, training new staff, suggesting and approving some policies, and reviewing complaints amongst the youth in the program. This empowerment offers young people not only a voice, but an opportunity to learn and practice leadership skills.
Presenters: Gina Peck-Sobolewski, MA, LMFT, Vice President, Service Area 3 / Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, Los Angeles, CA and Trish Cocoros, Co-Executive Director & Co-Founder Youth Development Institute, Phoenix, AZ
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