We Provide An Integrated Approach To Trauma Informed Care
Teaching and guiding youth toward independent, productive lives helps drive our focus on traumatized youth at The Village Network. Our goal is to help youth develop the ability to self-regulate by learning to control their impulses, emotions, thoughts and have healthy relationships.
NMT & CPS
We’ve integrated the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics™ (NMT) and Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) to provide the highest level of assessment and intervention for traumatized youth. While NMT helps our caregivers identify the neurocognitive skills that have been arrested due to trauma, CPS helps build those lagging skills in a trauma–informed way. This integration:
- Avoids the use of power and control, which can cause negative arousal, dysregulation or disassociation
- Teaches the adult/family to be appropriately responsive to the child’s level of arousal
- Helps children confront triggering situations safely to detoxify/desensitize them slowly over time
What Are Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)?
Adverse childhood experiences are a significant risk factor for substance use disorders and can impact prevention efforts.
Trauma Informed Care
Centered around our trauma-informed care approach, we acknowledge the high prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and its short and long term effects that these have on our youth. We use 6 core trauma healing elements to promote positive and therapeutic experiences that help our youth overcome the effects of ACEs. With these, we believe each child can improve and reach a brighter future. To be truly effective, trauma healing must always be:
- Relational (safe)
- Relevant (developmentally-matched to the individual)
- Repetitive (patterned)
- Rewarding (pleasurable)
- Rhythmic (resonant with neural patterns)
- Respectful (of the child, family, and culture)
The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics™ (NMT)
NMT uses a trauma informed and neuro-developmentally informed approach to assessing the specific effects of trauma on an individual child’s brain. NMT helps our care teams to plan and sequence therapeutic, educational and enrichment activities that match a child’s needs and strengths. This approach is used to build lagging neurocognitive skills while helping children to meet adult expectations, while decreasing the frequency of challenging behaviors, revolutionizing the way abused and neglected children are treated.
Collaborative Problem Solving
CPS, an approach to understanding and intervening with children and adolescents who have social, emotional and behavioral challenges, is guided by the philosophy of “Kids do well if they can”. Children who are often thought of as disruptive, oppositional and challenging are re-conceptualized as lacking the skill, not the will, to behave well – in areas of language, communications, working memory, self-regulation, cognitive flexibility and/or social thinking.
The Village Network Continuum of Care
Our Continuum of Care allows us to provide services to youth and their families who are on the verge of crisis. We can deliver the right care at the right time through our many service levels in order to preserve the family unit and help it improve.
Services at the top of our Continuum provide more intensive care and interventions to youth with serious emotional or behavioral issues. Our intensive services are provided outside of the home, so reunifying with families, when possible, is always our top priority.
Services toward the bottom of our continuum are focused helping families stay together, preventing youth from being removed from the home and helping parents through counseling, training and other resources.
- Residential Treatment
- Crisis Stabilization/Intervention & Assessment Services
- Treatment Foster Care
- Respite Care
- Outpatient Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse Services
- Intensive Home Based Treatment (IHBT)
- School-based Mental Health & Prevention Services
Our Five Essential Beliefs
Our approaches and practices must be humane and respectful to everyone involved.
2. Environment of Care
Our treatment environments must be free of violence and coercive interventions.
3. Person Centered
Our clients are our focus. We believe that they want to do well and will do so when they can.
4. Strengths Based
We believe people do better when they learn to be flexible, problem solve and regulate their emotions.
5. Mission Driven
Together we can do our best to create partnerships for brighter futures.
Five Areas Of Clinical Focus
- Sensory Integration
The brain’s ability to integrate certain information received from the body’s five basic sensory systems.
Children who have difficulty self-regulating may have stress response systems that are poorly organized and hyper-reactive. They are likely to be impulsive, have difficulties transitioning from one activity to another, and may overreact to even minor stressors or challenges. Children in this category require structure and predictability provided consistently by safe, nurturing adults across settings.
Children who have a history of disrupted early care giving, whose earliest experiences were characterized as chaotic, neglectful, and/or unpredictable often have difficulties forming and maintaining relationships. In order to make sufficient gains in relational functioning, essential activities must include interactions with multiple positive healthy adults who are invested in the child’s life and in their treatment. It is critical, whenever possible, to engage the child’s family and other important people in the child’s life.
As in other areas of focus, essential cognitive activities must take place in the context of safe, nurturing relationships with invested adults. It is in the context of safe, relationally enriched environments that essential healing and growth can occur. Examples of essential cognitive activities include: speech and language therapy, insight oriented psychodynamic treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, and family therapy.
- Health & Wellness
We believe that a person’s mental health and physical health are intrinsically connected. We believe that impactful mental health services must go beyond the typical and consider the persons in their entirety, including the environment in which they live and the quality lifestyle they have adopted.
Four Phases Of Treatment
The establishment of safe and trusting relationships early in treatment is critical to the creation of the therapeutic web that will come to encompass our clients. The extent to which our clients become engaged in treatment and embrace the recovery process is everyone’s responsibility: from administrative assistants, childcare workers, foster parents to mental health therapists. The engagement activities conducted by our staff during Phase I continue throughout the client’s time with The Village Network.
An accurate assessment is absolutely essential to the successful implementation of the neurobiological and trauma informed approach of NMT. The professional helper trained in NMT has a unique understanding and respect for the foundational and developmental activities that are essential to a regulated and healthy stress response system. As such, NMT holds the critical developmental activities that occur during the intrauterine, perinatal, infancy, early childhood and subsequent developmental stages. We are especially interested in the relational health of the infant and any adverse experiences that may have occurred during these critical developmental stages.
The treatment plan that is developed during this phase is based upon the accurate and neurobiologically informed assessment (NMT) and is the foundation of the therapeutic matrix that surround our clients during the treatment phase. The development of the treatment plan includes aspects of the “whole” person and seeks input from a variety of sources. Among these sources, the most import is the consumer themselves.
The activities engaged in during the Treatment Phase are laid out in the treatment plan. The therapeutic activities offered to our clients are varied and encompassing. They range from music and movement therapy, art therapy, group therapy, cognitive, social skills building, family therapy and insight oriented individual therapy.
Discharge planning begins the day the client enters into treatment and continues throughout treatment. We recognize the importance of discharge planning and, whenever possible, we include the client’s family and other significant people in the discharge planning process.