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ERIC Number: EJ869919
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
Science Discovers the Reclaiming Approach
Brown, Darren
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v17 n3 p13-16 Fall 2008
Pioneers in reclaiming youth sought to build relationships and environments that responded to the needs of "wayward youth." Now, neuroscience and trauma research show the primacy of human connections in assessment, treatment, and youth development. Interventions with challenging children and youth are now being evaluated against principles emerging from research in brain science. Relationship-based models like Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) and Response Ability Pathways (RAP) build connections with youth and help them overcome self-defeating patterns of behavior, thinking, and emotions. Likewise, the Developmental Audit[R] is a strength-based assessment involving young people as experts in understanding and resolving their problems. Such reclaiming methods are consistent with findings from neuroscience. Reclaiming methods are consistent with knowledge about relational trauma and the need for a customized individual intervention to create healing and lasting change. The contrast with traditional models of educational and residential interventions is becoming more vivid all of the time. Severely traumatized youth consistently fail to respond to environments that impose a generic approach to groups common in traditional classrooms and narrow treatment or correctional strategies. Programs such as LSCI and RAP allow for the best of both worlds--structured measurable programs that can be taught effectively to staff as well as tailored individualized approaches that best address the increasingly better understood needs of traumatized youth.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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