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Motivational Interviewing: Relationship in Action

Motivational Interviewing: Relationship in Action –  Richard Armstrong Chief Clinical Officer   “We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know”. Carl Rogers (1980, p.129). A way of being. New…

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The Development of Routines, Anchor Points, and Outside Limits (Outside Limits – Part 3 of 3)

– Alvin Weaver Regional Administrator of Residential Services    Outside limits are rules on which there can be no negotiation because they concern areas in which the safety or well-being of the child is at stake. An outside limit is involved if a child is either endangering himself, another, or property, in a way that will have lasting…

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The Development of Routines, Anchor Points, and Outside Limits (Anchor Points – Part 2 of 3)

– Alvin Weaver Regional Administrator of Residential Services    Anchor points represent areas that are negotiable between the client and staff. The anchor point is the name given to a method of handling a child’s repressed anger, destructive or violent impulses, or deviant behavior, at times and in places selected by the staff. An anchor point is founded upon…

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The Development of Routines, Anchor Points, and Outside Limits (Routines – Part 1 of 3)

– Alvin Weaver Regional Administrator of Residential Services    There are certain times during the day that are particularly important in the development of an adolescent. Certain routines must be established before the adolescent feels comfortable and secure enough to take the risk of changing behaviors that are a part of his patterned way of life. Once a…

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Positive Solutions for Families Workshop

    Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) – Positive Solutions for Families Workshop Kristie Hartzel – DTAC Mental Health Professional Positive Solutions for Families is an evidence-based parent training that provides information for families on how to promote children’s social and emotional skills, understand their problem behavior, and use positive approaches to help children learn appropriate behavior.…

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Achieving Success in Treatment

Achieving Success in Treatment – Richard B. Armstrong, MSW, LCSW, QCSW, Director of Clinical Operations DTAC has enjoyed a long history of achievement in regard to successful outcomes for children, adolescents, and families served across their multiple service lines. Anecdotal reports from clients and families, agency referral sources and various stakeholders frequently highlight the vast…

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