Photo courtesy of http://q2learning.com/blog/?p=441
Photo courtesy of http://q2learning.com/blog/?p=441

In order to be continue to be relevant in your field, no matter what that field is, you have to continue to train and educate yourself. At Grace Landing, we have been doing just that recently. Friday, March 13th, is week three of UCF’s School of Social Work Case Management Academy. This academy is an intense 6 week cohort where the necessary skills and knowledge to be effective in a case management setting are taught. Juda and Eli have been attending this academy to sharpen their skills and to increase Grace Landing’s overall awareness of the issue in case management. Grace Landing offers some case management to the young men living in our independent living transitional home and will offer more in depth case management services to the young men who will be living in our group home, we plan to open this summer. In our independent living transitional home, the case management we offer is along the lines of budgeting, schoolwork completion, time management, job application skills, interviewing techniques, cooking and cleaning and other basic independent living skills. Even though Grace Landing doesn’t offer ‘case management’ services we still offer case management to our clients.

 Additionally, on March 5th, all three of us had an opportunity to attend a verbal de-escalation training. this training was very informative and insightful on the skills and methods needed to assist in de-escalating an individual when they become angry and agitated. As we were in the training, we realized many of the techniques described are techniques utilized by Trust-Based Relationship Intervention or TBRI. At Grace Landing, we are firm believers of the TBRI methods and seek to employ them with our clients. TBRI at its core is positive parenting where the maladaptive behaviors are addressed and the child is never demeaned or put down. The behavior is constructively corrected as the strengths of the child are built upon. There was lots of good information at the verbal de-escalation training we will share with you in an upcoming post on Monday.