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An organization of state and regional associations, agencies, and professionals committed to improving the field of child and youth care.
Promotes experiential education through professional standards, accreditation, networking, resources, training.
Identifies promising programs and practice, promotes the exchange of useful and useable information, and facilitates collaboration among professionals and programs.
Educational and professional development organization promoting social and emotional learning.
Promotes the improvement of services to children and youth in Texas through individual certification, accreditation, and research.
Promotes residential education for youth whose homes or communities cannot meet their needs, and works to strengthen both individual programs and the field of residential education.
Promotes coordinated, evidence-based social, emotional, and academic learning as an essential part of education from preschool though high school.
Supports the professional development and expertise of those who work on behalf of children with challenging behavior and their families.
Advocacy, lobbying, education, training, technical assistance and providing opportunities for networking.
Useful information, practical tools, professional training, and the promotion of positive youth development for Indiana youth workers.
Supports the child and youth care work field worldwide.
The oldest and one of the largest special education organizations for professionals in the U.S.
Program development, training, networking, and personal and professional growth serving the entire Mid-Atlantic region of the country, which includes Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.
National Association of Special Education Teachers ~ National professional association of special education teachers, undergraduate and graduate education faculty, college students majoring in special education, and inclusion classroom teachers, NASET provides information, resources, member benefits and an extensive special education database.
Christian organization linking youth workers for encouragement, spiritual growth, and sharing resources.
Training and technical assistance to programs in Oklahoma and nationally.
Training and research organization that works with child- and youth-serving agencies in New England to strengthen social services and promote best practices.
Professional growth and development of individual child and youth care practitioners so that they can better serve the children and youth of Ohio.
Professional association representing child and youth workers in Ontario, Canada.
Helps educators improve classroom management, school discipline and school climate through restorative practices, and offers training, print materials and videos to teach new ways of responding to problem behavior.
Information, resources, training, and networking.
The US Federal Government's premiere source of information about mental health services, substance abuse prevention, and addiction treatment.
Promotes quality child and youth care practices
in Wyoming, and develops and supports projects that enhance the professional
status of youthwork.
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If you work with youth
in a residential or treatment program
— whether as direct care staff,
in education or administration —
you will find information and resources on this page to support you in empowering and caring for the youth in your care
and in your continuing professional development.
10 Principles of Management ~ Personnel are the most important resource in residential treatment. They provide all of the care and treatment and account for most of the budget. Effective management of this most important resource is critical.
77 Ways to Motivate Your Workers ~ This guide explains the different ways people are motivated and suggests strategies leaders can use to get the best performance from their staff.
Adolescent Heart and Soul: Achieving Spiritual Competence in Youth-Serving Agencies (pdf) ~ This study is indispensable for professionals interested in incorporating spiritual activities into their own practice with young people.
Bad Milieu, Good Milieu: Restoring a Culture of Hope (pdf) ~ This article is about a program that became corrupted -- what went wrong and how things got fixed.
Battling Burnout (pdf) ~ It is up to you to do something for yourself.
Behavior Management Advice Site ~ Tips on managing student behavior, and step-by-step directions for implementing a great number of standard interventions. The site also contains a bulletin board on which you can post your disciplinary concerns and receive suggestions. Visit Behavior Problems and Behavioral Disorders.
Behavioral Management and Children in Residential Care ~ Fact sheet from the Child Welfare League.
Case Management That Supports the Family ~ How the case manager develops personal expertise and puts together and trains the treatment team to be supportive of the parents and effective in dealing with the child is key to the child's success and maintenance in the family.
Casey Life Skills ~ This site provides resources to help prepare youths for living on their own. Free online resources include the Life Skills Guidebook and interactive life skills evaluation. Visit Teaching and Learning.
Changing the Culture of Care: From Restraints to Relationships (pdf) ~ A program that moved from strict behavioral modification treatment to focusing on building relationships.
Choices and Consequences ~ Resource guides for teaching real-life issues such as diversity, peer pressure, violence, substance abuse, self-esteem and hate crimes to 10 to 15 year-olds. Visit Teaching and Learning.
The Coach's Playbook Against Drugs ~ Athletic coaches have a special relationship with athletes and other students, but often underestimate their influence on these young people. Visit Alcohol and Teen Drinking.
Communicating in a Crisis ~ This manual describes basic skills and techniques for clear, effective crisis communications and information dissemination, and provides some of the tools of the trade for media relations. It can help you prepare for meeting the important responsibility of communicating with the public both directly and successfully during a crisis.
Coping with Stress and Burnout in Youth Ministry ~ Youth worker and writer Jeanette Gardner talks about how stress affects you — and what you can do to get help before the stress burns you out. Visit Helping Teenagers with Stress.
Death: Dealing with Crisis at School, Practical Suggestions for Educators ~ Prepare in advance so that you can respond in a timely and supportive manner that leads to constructive resolution for all students and staff. Visit Grief and Bereavement.
Developmental Stages of Child and Youth Care Workers: An Interactional Perspective ~ Following a review of the literature, and based on the author’s experience, this paper offers a description of the developmental stages of workers which takes into consideration characteristics of the interactions between workers and clients.
The Direct Support Workforce ~ Attracting, retaining and recognizing qualified direct support staff is becoming a national crisis in the human service field.
Educating Children-At-Risk (pdf) ~ A handbook for caseworkers, probation officers, and families, published by the Education Law Center and Pennsylvania School Reform Network.
Educator's Guide to Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats (pdf) ~ This guide provides information about cyberbullying and cyberthreats for educators and other professionals who focus on youth safety and well-being. The guide sets forth recommendations for a comprehensive school and community-based approach to address these concerns
Educator's Guide to Asperger Syndrome (pdf) ~ This guide orients educators to the challenges and skills of students with AS and outlines easily implemented classroom strategies. Visit Asperger Syndrome.
Educator's Resource Manual on Child Abuse (pdf) ~ This manual, prepared by the state of Alabama, supports teachers in child abuse prevention, identification, and reporting.
Effective Behavior Management ~ When needs for security, belonging, and recognition are being met, acting out and misbehavior will less likely occur.
Glossary of Children's Mental Health Terms ~ This glossary contains terms used frequently when dealing with the mental health needs of children. Visit Personality Disorders and Counseling and Therapy.
Holding Kids Accountable: Shaming with Compassion ~ Although the public demands that the young offenders accept responsibility for their actions, how can they do so when they do not understand the consequences of what they have done?
The Human Services Worker ~ A generic job description.
The Imperative for Professionals To Be Knowledgeable About Sexual Child Abuse ~ Professionals must be knowledgeable about treatment needs, strategies and approaches, and the theoretical underpinnings of the therapy. They must also understand and be able to process transference and counter-transference issues and expect to be personally affected by stories of human selfishness and cruelty. Visit Abuse: Physical, Sexual, Emotional, Neglect.
The Importance of Helping the Helper ~ Frequent and prolonged exposure to traumatized individuals, families, and communities inevitably creates secondary traumatic stress for the helper. This article discusses the common sources and signs of secondary traumatic stress and how individuals and agencies can more successfully cope with these challenges.
Lessons from the Ranch: Wisdom from 30 years of Work with Seriously Emotionally Disturbed Youth ~ Describes some key characteristics of at-risk youth and important principles in ministering to them.
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect ~ A summary of the important features of statutes mandating persons to report child abuse and neglect. References to statutes, articles and resources in all 50 states. Visit Abuse: Physical, Emotional, Sexual, Neglect.
Manipulation ~ Individuals manipulate others to achieve change or to resist change. Why then do residential workers become so apprehensive, even fearful, of individuals in care, particularly children, who they describe as manipulative?
Measuring Competence in Physical Restraint Skills in Residential Child Care ~ This study suggests that improvements could be made in the training of trainers and in training practitioners in restraint skills and therapeutic crisis intervention (TCI).
The Non-Verbal Dictionary of Gestures, Signs, and Body Language Cues ~ Body language has become an all too familiar term when judging an individual's reactions to situations. This online dictionary explains some of the more common nonverbal cues and can help you understand what your clients are really saying. It will also be helpful to know the kind of cues you are sending to others.
Practice Hints ~ A collection of weekly practice pointers for work with children, youth and families.
Practice Unbound: A Study of Secular Spiritual and Religious Activities in Work with Adolescents (pdf) ~ This report provides one of the first comprehensive looks at the ways human service agencies are introducing secular spiritual and religious programming in work with troubled adolescents.
A Psychological First-Aid Kit for School Professionals ~ An online first aid kit with basic guidance for educators, school psychologists and counselors on working with children after a tragedy.
Put Down the Chart, Pick Up the Questions (pdf) ~ This guide to working with survivors of sexual violence is a tool for healthcare providers to screen patients for sexual assault histories. This book, which adapts the SAVE method from the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, includes special considerations for immediate victims, comorbid conditions, pregnancy/gynecological care, patients with disabilities, males, adolescents and children.
Reaching and Serving Teen Victims: A Practical Handbook (pdf) ~ This handbook discusses adolescent development; the unique impact of victimization on teens; and strategies for assessing local teen victimization, creating effective outreach activities, making service environments teen-friendly, and interacting with teens in helpful and productive ways. The guide also includes guidance on parent and family involvement and mandatory reporting.
Safe and Sound: An Education Leader's Guide to Evidence-Based Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Programs ~ This guide provides a road map for schools and districts that are launching or adding social, emotional, and academic learning programs. Visit Emotional Health.
Standards for Staffed Children's Residential Services ~ The standards in this document, published by the Government of British Columbia, are well-researched and establish a structured, useable and effective approach to providing staffed residential services to children.
State Laws Allowing a Minor to Consent to Medical Treatment ~ Visit your state's Family Help page.
Taking Care of Ourselves So We Can Care For Others ~ Keynote address from the 2000 Annual Convening of Crisis Intervention Personnel.
The Therapeutic Power of Kindness ~ Staff kindness as an important therapeutic value has been neglected or disregarded in reclaiming troubled students. The author defines kindness in practical terms and describes it potency in changing troubled youth.
Training Manual: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Related Conditions ~ Trainers who use this manual will be able to develop presentations for various types of audiences, i.e., parents, teachers, social service professionals, medical and treatment providers, as well as community groups. Visit Alcohol and Teen Drinking.
Training Manual for Mental Health and Human Service Workers in Major Disasters ~ An overview of essential information including: how disasters affect children, adults and older adults, the importance of tailoring the program to fit the community, descriptions of effective disaster mental health interventions, and strategies for preventing and managing worker stress. This information is useful for all human service workers.
Transitioning from Residential Treatment: Family Involvement and Helpful Supports ~ Family and service community must work together during planning for discharge and transitioning back into family care.
The Use of Restraints and Seclusion in Residential Care Facilities for Children ~ Restraints and seclusion must only be used in emergency situations to ensure the physical safety of the child and all others and should never be used for purposes of discipline, retaliation and convenience. Visit Abuse: Physical, Emotional, Sexual, Neglect.
What is Behavior Modification? ~ Behavior modification encourages children to experience the consequences of their actions in order to increase independence and self-discipline. Visit Teen Behavior Problems and Behavioral Disorders.
What Makes Change So Difficult? ~ Introduces and defines the concept of 'resistance', explains the reasons for resistance, explores possible means of dealing with a person's resistance, and gives intervention strategies that help people move beyond their reluctance to change.
Working with Grieving Children After Violent Death ~ A guidebook from the National Association for Victim Assistance. Visit Grief and Bereavement.
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