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Strength-Based Interventions for Children and Youth: Improving Outcomes through Evidence-Based Practice (Workshop 129)
The Home for Little Wanderers is one of the oldest and largest child and family service agencies in New England, serving 10,000 children and families each year. The Home is uniquely positioned as a service provider because it has a research, program evaluation, and policy capacity that enables it to work closely with practitioners.
The Home informs its direct practice work with up-to-date research gathered through Evidence-Based Practice Projects. This workshop gives one example of how researchers and practitioners worked together to shift treatment for children at a residential treatment center to a skills- and strength-based model. The presenters discuss research findings about strength-based treatment for youth; describe the process of using this research information to shift the therapeutic milieu from consequence-based to skills development based, with a particular focus on increasing positive adaptive skills and the use of sensory integration techniques; and report outcomes reflective of the change, including restraint reduction and functional improvement indicators.
John Kelty, Ph.D.
Susan Gardner, R.N.
Kara Sabalauskas, M.S.W.
Angela Miklaszewski, C.O.T.A./L.
Lisa Jackson, Ph.D.
The Home for Little Wanderers
271 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
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