Participants will receive instruction in the use of Life Space Crisis Intervention techniques and processes with children in out of home care. Life Space Crisis Intervention is a strength-based approach to conflict resolution that promotes growth and change in children and adolescents. Focusing on six common behavior patterns, participants will learn strategies to use as alternatives to coercion and punishment that make a positive difference in the lives of others. Course format will be didactic lecture, seminar discussion, and role-plays. Staff will receive training regarding the quality assurance and improvement processes and procedures of the agency, including service documentation systems, standards, timetables, and protocols. Staff will also receive a review of incident reporting policies and procedures. Incident Report forms will be introduced. Guidelines for using accurate and descriptive language in reporting will be presented. Staff will also receive an overview of current statistics on child abuse, including information regarding types, ages, victims, and perpetrators of abuse. The impact of various forms of abuse upon child behaviors and presentations for care will be presented and discussed. Types of reportable child abuse will be reviewed, as will obligations of care providers of children in out of home care as mandated reporters.
Trainer: Walid Assef, Program Supervisor for Intensive Classroom Enrichment