How Kennedy Home care for children and families in our care

OUR MODEL OF CARE

Continual training and development are essential characteristics of Kennedy Home and Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina. Our staff are continually trained in a variety of topics, but below are the two essential training methods used in daily interactions with children and families.

Child and Resdential Experiences: Creating Conditions for Change

CARE MODEL

Certified by Cornell University

Child And Residential Experiences (CARE): Creating Conditions for Change is designed to support safe environments, strong programmatic elements and a wide-variety of treatment programs and interventions that are trauma-sensitive and developmentally appropriate. It is designed with a child's best interests in mind. CARE is based on the following six principles:



 

1

DEVELOPMENTALLY

FOCUSED

4

COMPETENCE

CENTERED

2

FAMILY

INVOLVED

5

TRAUMA

INFORMED

3

RELATIONSHIP

BASED

6

ECOLOGICALLY

ORIENTED

THERAPEUTIC CRISIS INTERVENTION (TCI)

Certified by Cornell University

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) presents a crisis prevention and intervention model designed to teach staff how to help children learn constructive ways to handle crisis. The TCI model for behavior modification strives to help a child learn to manage their emotions and physical outbursts in order to make mature healthy decisions. We have briefly summarized the 5 primary steps in crisis management.



 

identifying the level of crisis a child is experiencing

STEP 4: ISOLATE THE SITUATION



By removing other people from the crisis situation, it will help the child feel safe and more willing to solve

the problem.

STEP 3: CRISIS MANAGEMENT



As a problem escalates it is important to know your own feelings and assess what is best for the child.



Ask yourself four questions:

1) What do I feel now?

2) What does the young person feel, need or want?

3) How is the environment affecting the child?

4) How should I best respond?



Know yourself & your triggers.

 

STEP 2: DE-ESCALATION



Utilize active listening by asking questions, connecting feelings to the actions that are causing the problems. 

STEP 5: LIFE SPACE INTERVIEW



Once the problem is solved, help the child connect their feelings to their actions and what to do better next time. 

STEP 1: CRISIS PREVENTION



 Encourage and help teach the child to talk out their emotions instead of acting them out when experiencing a problem.