Family workshop brings out CARE principles

Family workshop brings out CARE principles

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Whats-new | 0 comments

Ensuring treatment remains family centered was top of mind for caseworker Angela Montano when she planned a workshop for the families of MacKay House youth.

“In terms of CARE principles, one of them is ensuring treatment is family centered, so we’ve been really trying to bring in the families and involve them in treatment as much as possible,” Angela explained.

“It reminds them that they are an important part of their child’s treatment,” she continued.

The agency has recently begun implementing the CARE (Children And Residential Experiences: Creating Conditions for Change), residential program model developed by Cornell University to our existing framework to improve our services for clients.

The workshop, held June 12th, was an opportunity for parents to come together to learn more about their child’s treatment, including learning about the CARE model and how it impacts the way staff work with youth.

“Bringing parents together like this also provides them an opportunity to realize that they aren’t alone – there are other parents who are struggling with these issues as well,” Angela added. “But it’s also a very practical way of providing information to all the parents at one time.”

“It’s important to build a sense of community with the parents, as well as providing them with important information in regard to their children’s treatment. I think it also reminds them they are an important member of their child’s treatment.”

The day also included a presentation on attachment which provided an opportunity for parents to learn more about improving their relationships with their children both now and in the future.

In keeping with CARE principles, employees from the Ministry of Social Services were also included in the afternoon, ensuring that everyone involved in each client’s treatment remains on the same page and working toward the common good of each youth.

Families who attended the day had positive feedback for Angela, with one parent stating, “The information was great and so helpful.”

MacKay House’s last family workshop was held in December 2016, but Angela hopes to make them an annual or semi-annual event.

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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in Our blog | 1 comment

Carole Bryant

Guest blog by Carole Bryant, director of governance and corporate services

Ever wonder where the Hudson Administration Building got its name– why the education program in Regina is referred to as Schaller–or why the Ranch’s group homes have names attached to them like Mitchell, Wilson, Welke, or Alex Guy?  The answer is that these are all the names of former board chairs.

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Family Treatment Program in the news

Family Treatment Program in the news

Posted by on Jun 12, 2018 in Whats-new | 0 comments

Ranch Ehrlo Society’s Family Treatment Program (FTP) has been a staple of our community programming for many years, but recently CBC radio has highlighted the great work done by director Patti Petrucka and her staff of dedicated therapists, social workers, and support staff to help families from across the country.

The article and radio excerpts explained the program from Patti’s point of view – from the number of families served to the unique one-on-one pairing with a dedicated therapist and the staff’s 24-hour-a-day availability, to the group sessions offered to all families – and also allowed former and current families to describe their experiences in the program.

The stories

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CARE at work: leaders in action

CARE at work: leaders in action

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Whats-new | 0 comments

Youth care leaders (YCL) Scott Waters and Kiel Smith have very recently completed CARE training (Children And Residential Experiences: Creating Conditions for Change), but they may have a head start – they’ve already been incorporating the CARE principles in the roles for many years at the agency. Especially when it comes to relationships.

The agency has recently begun implementing the residential program model developed by Cornell University to our existing framework to improves our services for clients.

“I wanted to work at Ranch Ehrlo because I wanted to help kids,” said Kiel simply.

Scott, too, has always wanted a hands-on role with the youth. Scott spent just over a year in the role of unit manager but returned to YCL position due to wanting to work more closely with the kids.

The two of them are of course different but it’s the ways in which they are similar that stand out. The two of them are well-known in in the agency for putting focus on relationship building between themselves and the youth they work with.

“CARE is a bigger picture philosophy that focuses on relationships and building positive attachments with youth. I’ve always believed that’s an important staple when dealing with any children,” Scott said.

Simply put, Scott said, “I just always treat the kids like I would want someone to treat my kids.”

Kiel, too, focuses on letting relationships build naturally by letting the youth in his charge know that he and other staff are safe, and want the best for each youth in their care. Because talking isn’t always the easiest, Kiel and Scott allow the youth to get to know them (and vice versa) by engaging in day-to-day activities, first.

“I don’t push the relationship, obviously I want that to happen naturally. Once I gain some of their trust, they start sharing some of their past with me. I let them know I understand where they come from and what they’ve been through. This way, there’s a trust level built,” Kiel said.

But it doesn’t end there. Once a youth is comfortable with them, Scott and Kiel continue to focus on ensuring the relationship, and a youth’s individual needs, are prioritized in every situation.

“If we flow to them and their needs … then things go a lot smoother on the day-to-day stuff, especially with routines or expectations,” Kiel explained.

Humour, too, is an important tool.

“I subscribe to the idea that I should do anything I possibly can – as long as it’s safe – to make the kids laugh or be happy,” Scott said. “I think that keeping kids happy and content allows them to be more receptive to learning opportunities, which can come up organically if you have a good relationship.”

And while the feedback may not be immediate, a supportive relationship such as the ones Kiel and Scott build with the youth in the programs can have a positive impact far down the line in their lives.

“You may not make a difference in ten years – maybe some of them will be in their 20s and 30s by the time something that you’ve said, or done, or shown, is actually going to make a difference for them,” Kiel said. “But that’s the reward – knowing that at some point in time, something may click. The more we show these positives, the better the chances are that we can change someone’s life.”

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