Communities That Care (CTC) is an "operating system" that takes communities through a well-defined and structured process to prevent adolescent problem behaviors and promote positive youth development. CTC communities form a broad-based coalition and then collect local data on risk and protective factors shown by research to be associated with delinquency, violence, substance use, and school failure and dropout. After collecting this data the communities identifies 3-5 specific risk and protective factors to focus on, and then seeks evidence-based programs and strategies to address those priorities. After 2-3 years of implementing these strategies, the community re-assesses their risk and protective factors to measure impact and identify new emerging priorities.
First-time pregnant women living in the Harrisburg area are offered the opportunity to have their own bilingual, bicultural social worker with specialized training in prenatal and early childhood education. Healthy Families Dauphin County is both free and voluntary. Home Visitors assist a pregnant woman and her family with many issues that may include: providing the mother with information that will lead to a successful pregnancy and delivery, helping the mother find necessary resources and teaching about the care, development, health and safety of infants and toddlers, teaching the mother to engage in activities that help her baby grow and develop, and performing ongoing screenings that can let everyone know if there are matters that needs special attention or referrals.
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Located 100% in the community, Hempfield Hubs strives to reduce hunger in the community, promote alternative transportation, support the arts community, and encourage sustainable practice (reduce, reuse, recycle, & re-purpose). Addressing these causes creates an avenue for adults with disabilities to engage in meaningful and inclusive community activities, develop & sustain valued social roles, increase independence, and increase potential for employment. Hempfield Hubs facilitates meaningful participation and valued roles, giving participants a sense of purpose and responsibility within their community.
PAX teaches students self-regulation, self-control, and self-management while collaborating with others for peace, productivity, health & happiness. PAX is not a classroom management program per se or about consequences and control, yet it does make classrooms joyful again for learning. PAX combines the science from PeaceBuilders®, Good Behavior Game (GBG) & other studies. PAX nurtures self-regulation in peer-contexts in order to improve attention and reduce impulsivity, thus wiring the brain during any school activity for long-term gain.
Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive family- and community-based treatment program that focuses on addressing all environmental systems that impact chronic and violent juvenile offenders -- their homes and families, schools and teachers, neighborhoods and friends. MST recognizes that each system plays a critical role in a youth's world and each system requires attention when effective change is needed to improve the quality of life for youth and their families. MST works with the toughest offenders ages 12 through 17 who have a very long history of arrests.
The Child Welfare Stability Program was developed to address the need in Child Welfare Services to improve the stability of placements for children in out of home care and to contribute to the goal of permanence. Families who act as foster or adoptive parents often experience additional demands, responsibilities, and difficulties resulting from this new or expanded caregiver role. Research shows that reducing caregiver strain impacts effectiveness in the caregiver role and ultimate child outcomes.
(presented at the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) 2017 National Conference Presentation)
Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies (PATHS) is a comprehensive program for promoting emotional and social competencies and reducing aggression and behavior problems in elementary school-aged children while simultaneously enhancing the educational process in the classroom. The curriculum is designed to be used by educators and counselors in a multi-year, universal prevention model. The curriculum provides teachers with systematic, developmentally-based lessons, materials, and instructions for teaching their students emotional literacy, self-control, social competence, positive peer relations, and interpersonal problem-solving skills.
The Incredible Years® is a series of interlocking, evidence-based programs for parents, children, and teachers, supported by over 30 years of research. The goal is to prevent and treat young children's behavior problems and promote their social, emotional, and academic competence. The programs are used worldwide in schools and mental health centers, and have been shown to work across cultures and socioeconomic groups.
Aggression Replacement Training® is a cognitive behavioral intervention program to help children and adolescents improve social skill competence and moral reasoning, better manage anger, and reduce aggressive behavior. The program specifically targets chronically aggressive children and adolescents ages 12-17. The program consists of 10 weeks (30 sessions) of intervention training, and is divided into three components—social skills training, anger-control training, and training in moral reasoning. Incremental learning, reinforcement techniques, and guided group discussions enhance skill acquisition and reinforce the lessons in the curriculum.
The aim of Red Tomato Farm & Inn is to provide adults with intellectual disabilities meaningful work rooted in farm tasks that create opportunities to interact with the general public and community. With day and pre-vocational programming, we are able to serve a wide population of participants. Our 5-acre parcel of farm land, includes a program building with kitchen and woodworking area, barn and pastures, a greenhouse and raised garden beds and a farm house, which serves as our bed and breakfast and is open to the public. Participants interact with our farm animals, work in our gardens, participate in grounds maintenance, cook in our kitchen and complete various woodworking projects daily on our farm.