When Chelsey Beres, a caseworker at Ranch Ehrlo, first heard about Ukeru and the plan to implement it at the Ranch she was a bit skeptical.

“I think that is how most people are when they hear about new programs and not knowing how staff or youth will react to it,” she explained. “I was like, OK, this is a really cool idea, but I don't know if it's something that could be successfully implemented in all the homes.”

Chelsey put her skepticism aside and decided to become a Ukeru trainer. She decided to be an educator because she loves leading and being a positive force to create excitement when a new tool is being implemented.

She added, “I also like to teach people good skills and to help them feel more confident and competent in their position.”

Since being immersed in the Ukeru program, she is finding it amazing and the tools that are being taught are practical, easy to implement, and a great addition to the staff’s toolbox.

“When we're working with children and youth, it just makes sense,” Chelsey stated.

Many of the things being taught in Ukeru are comparable to teachings staff are already familiar with from CARE and TCI. Take comfort vs control, one of the main themes in Ukeru, which encourages staff to focus on the immediate needs of the youth versus expectations from staff.

“I think it's a concept that the Ranch has always used,” Chelsey elaborated. “It doesn't mean that the child or youth gets whatever they want. Instead, what do youth need at the moment to kind of help them settle, to help them return to baseline?”

“I think 100 per cent both staff and youth will be as equally excited once it's fully implemented,” Chelsey added.

She added that she is proud to be part of the training group at the agency which includes trainers from all areas of the Ranch.