The Joan Sherman Program for Resilient Children

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The Joan Sherman Program for Resilient Children currently has a provisional rating for the 60 days between: June 26, 2018 and August 25, 2018. If you would like to respond to the Scientific Rating, please submit feedback via the Contact Us page.

About This Program

Target Population: Families involved in the child welfare system, receiving supervised visitation services following the child/children's removal from the parent/guardian's care due to abuse and/or neglect

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 18

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 18

Brief Description

The Joan Sherman Program for Resilient Children was developed as a trauma-informed, manualized program to be followed during family supervised visitation sessions. The program focuses on three core components. First, a staff member delivers coaching supports using coaching techniques with families as they engage in resilience-building routines and activities during supervised visits. Second, the parents learn key parenting strategies to better support positive interactions with their children. Third, the children’s within-child internal strengths or protective factors, including attachment/relationships, initiative, and self-regulation, are promoted during resilience-building activities, routines, and interactions occurring during supervised visits.

Program Goals:

The goals of The Joan Sherman Program for Resilient Children are:

  • Build within-child protective factors in children who have experienced abuse and neglect that will help them succeed in life
  • Develop new parenting strategies with the parents of children who have experienced abuse and neglect, to help parents build their child’s resilience
  • Improve the likelihood of successful family reunification
  • Increase knowledge of the importance of resilience by child welfare staff and parents participating in the program
  • Reduce incidents of abuse and/or neglect in the next generation (i.e., children who participated in the program)
  • Increase foster parent and child engagement and satisfaction in visitation services

Contact Information

Deanna L. Szyndrowski, MS, MBA, LMHC
Agency/Affiliation: SCAN, Inc.
Phone: (260) 421-5006

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: April 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2018