Our program does not demand obedience to authority, but demands responsibility to one another and helps empower residents to discover their greatness. Residents go through Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, an evidence-based model of therapy that works well in young individuals that have severe PTSD. We train our staff and volunteers to be sensitive to trauma and give them a better understanding of PTSD. We conduct ongoing staff training; staff must receive at least 24-hours of continuing education per year.
We measure success with our residents in a variety of ways. Our residents set daily and weekly goals and are held accountable to them. Our program has 5 levels of achievement. After the resident completes the 4th level, she can remain in level 5 - leadership. In addition, our therapist uses pre-and post-therapy inventories to measure success which include:
UCLA PTSD Index-RI - This is a measure that determines whether a client meets the criteria to be diagnosed with PTSD and what symptoms are present.
Child Depression Inventory - Assesses depression.
Trauma Symptom Checklist - Assesses anxiety, depression, anger, posttraumatic stress, dissociation, sexual preoccupation, and sexual distress. It also assess suicidal ideation.
Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire - Assesses emotional symptoms, conduct problems, hyperactivity, peer problems, and pro-social behaviors.
We also have an assessment tool we use to evaluate the resident in the areas of safe housing, health, protection, support system, economic empowerment, and trauma recovery 30 days, 90 days, and 1 year after treatment.