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The Restorative Approach

Scientific Rating:
NR
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
High
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. The Restorative Approach has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Trauma Treatment (Child & Adolescent), but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Youth-serving professionals working with groups of youth exposed to trauma in the mental health, juvenile justice, and education fields.

Brief Description

The Restorative Approach™ is a trauma-informed alternative to traditional “point and level” systems for child congregate care. Based on brain science, attachment theory, and restorative justice, it answers the question, “Now that I understand how trauma affects children, what should I do on Monday?” The Restorative Approach translates knowledge about trauma, the brain, and healing into suggestions for all program treatment providers. It includes a system for responding when children hurt others, using restorative tasks to teach children skills and to make amends. It includes taking care of the staff that do this difficult work.

The Restorative Approach includes strategies for:

  • Interacting in an attuned manner.
  • Using and understanding the adaptive role of behavior to create change.
  • Individually responding to problem behaviors based on this understanding.
  • Defining the role of the clinician within the team.
  • Designing unit structure and programming to promote healing relationships.

Program Goals:

Goals of the Restorative Approach include:

  • Agencies will utilize a trauma-informed lens when reacting to problem behaviors.
  • Before reacting to a behavior, agency staff will ask why is the child doing this, what problem are they solving, how is this adaptive for the child?
  • In a crisis staff will be flexible, patient, and collaborative, and will focus on helping the child to calm down.
  • Responses to problem behaviors will be flexible, collaborative, and based on building skills and restoring relationships.
  • Staff will be given time off the floor for supervision and team meetings.
  • Attention to Vicarious Traumatization will be embedded in the agency and staff will have ample opportunity to examine and discuss the way that the work is affecting them.
  • Staff will demonstrate self-awareness of their own reactions to various children and families.
  • Administration will pay attention to staff development and personal transformation.

Expected outcomes include:

  • Decreased use of restraint and seclusion.
  • Decrease in negative discharges.
  • Decrease in staff injuries through client misbehavior.
  • Decrease in staff turnover.
  • Greater expressed job satisfaction by staff.
  • Increased progress by children and families.

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Essential Components, Published Relevant Peer-Reviewed Research, Education and Training Resources, etc.

Contact Information

Name: Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSW
Agency/Affiliation: Klingberg Family Centers
Website: traumaticstressinstitute.org/services/restorative-approach-training
Email:
Phone: (860) 832-5507
Fax: (860) 832-8221

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2012

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: June 2014

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: October 2012