EQ2: Lionheart’s Newest Program for Direct Care Staff

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Empowering Direct Care Staff to Build Trauma-Informed Communities for Youth.

What is EQ2?

The time youth spend in our care offers a window of opportunity to help build the social, emotional, and self-regulation skills needed to lead healthy and productive lives. Together, these skills create what we call Emotional Intelligence or EQ. (It’s like IQ. But instead of referring to your cognitive intelligence, EQ refers to your ability to understand and manage emotions.) These EQ skills don’t develop in a vacuum. They are cultivated through relationships with invested and consistent caregivers. For youth, EQ skills such as developing the capacity for trust, managing strong emotions, increasing impulse control, and learning responsible decision making, take place through the transformative relationships created with us. Each caring contact with youth, each genuine interaction, becomes an opportunity to learn and heal.  That’s why the fundamental belief of EQ2 is that what is hurt through relationships can be healed through relationships. EQ2 refers to the healing experience that happens when we bring our own EQ to help youth build their EQ.

EQ2 = Staff EQ + Youth EQ

To learn more about EQ2:  Click Here

Prison Project: Emotional Literacy Project for Prisoners: Lionheart Foundation

03/08/20 0

The National Emotional Literacy Project for Prisoners

At the core of The Lionheart Foundation’s National Emotional Literacy Project for Prisoners is the Houses of Healing Program, a powerful 13-session rehabilitation curriculum (book, facilitator manual, and video series) created specifically for prisoners and the formerly incarcerated. The centerpiece of this program is the book Houses of Healing: A Prisoners Guide to Inner Power and Freedom. Houses of Healing (HOH) is a research driven, trauma-informed, cognitive-behavioral, emotional literacy (re)habilitation curriculum designed to offer skillful guidance and equip prisoners with the tools to effectively manage emotions, take stock of and heal the unresolved trauma that often plays a role in propelling criminal behavior, take responsibility for offending behavior, and change life-long patterns of violence and addiction in order to build productive lives.

Learn more: https://lionheart.org/prison/project/

Empower Direct Care Staff Build Trauma-Informed Communities

20/07/20 0

Lionheart’s newest program, EQ2, supports staff working with trauma-impacted youth to:

  • Increase their own self-regulation skills to more effectively co-regulate with youth
  • Model and transmit effective social and emotional skills to youth
  • Build more attuned and reparative relationships with youth
  • Manage the stress and conflict that often arises between staff when working with high-need populations to build a trauma-sensitive environment
  • Increase staff understanding of trauma’s impact on youth’s behavior and development
  • Develop resiliency practices that help reduce burnout, secondary-traumatic stress, and turnovers

To view an overview video of the EQ2 Program Click Here.

To learn more about EQ2 on our website, Click Here.

Empower Direct Care Staff to Build Trauma-Informed Communities for Youth

13/07/20 0

Lionheart’s Newest Program

Empowering Direct Care Staff to Build Trauma-Informed Communities for Youth

Using Circles, mindfulness-based practices, and cognitive-behavioral approaches, EQ2 supports staff working with trauma-impacted youth to:

  • Increase their own self-regulation skills to more effectively co-regulate with youth
  • Model and transmit effective social and emotional skills to youth
  • Build more attuned and reparative relationships with youth
  • Manage the stress and conflict that often arises between staff when working with high-need populations to build a trauma-sensitive environment
  • Increase staff understanding of trauma’s impact on youth’s behavior and development
  • Develop resiliency practices that help reduce burnout, secondary-traumatic stress, and turnovers

Learn More About EQ2

 

Empowering Direct Care Staff

29/06/20 0

To build trauma-informed communities for trauma impacted youth.  EQ2 Lionheart’s newest program for direct care staff working with at-risk youth.

Using Circles, mindfulness-based practices, and cognitive-behavioral approaches, EQ2 supports staff working with trauma-impacted youth to:

  • Increase their own self-regulation skills to more effectively co-regulate with youth
  • Model and transmit effective social and emotional skills to youth
  • Build more attuned and reparative relationships with youth
  • Manage the stress and conflict that often arises between staff when working with high-need populations to build a trauma-sensitive environment
  • Increase staff understanding of trauma’s impact on youth’s behavior and development
  • Develop resiliency practices that help reduce burnout, secondary-traumatic stress, and turnovers

Click Here to Learn More about Lionheart’s EQ2 Program.

 

A Powerful New Resource for Direct Care Staff Working with At-Risk Youth

24/06/20 0

Reduce Burnout and Increase Staff Resilience

Build Staff Regulation and Relationship Skills

Create Trauma Responsive Communities for Youth and Staff

For over 20 years, The Lionheart Foundation has developed evidence-based social and emotional learning programs for some of our country’s most vulnerable and underserved populations.
Our newest program, EQ2, reflects what we’ve learned from decades of research and clinical work: in order to effectively help youth heal, we need to support the people who care for them.
EQ2 has been uniquely designed to build a trauma-informed community by addressing the social and emotional needs of direct care staff. EQ2 empowers staff to learn and practice the self-regulation skills and competencies needed to create reparative relationships with youth and with fellow staff.
Click Here to read additional information about EQ2. And please, feel free to reach out to us if we can answer any questions.   The Lionheart Foundation.   781-444-6667.

 

 

Houses of Healing Course for Prisoners offered in Solitary Confinement Units

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Houses of Healing (Bulk Orders)In 2016, Lionheart was awarded an “Innovative Grant” from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to design and bring the Houses of Healing Self-Study Course to prisoners in the CA Special Housing Units (SHUs) in Pelican Bay, CA State Prison – Corcoran, and the CA Correctional Institution (CCI) – all prisons with large isolation units. (In the past year the SHU in CCI has closed and the number of prisoners in the other SHUs is decreasing.) During the grant period (1/2016-6/2017), 464 prisoners voluntarily registered and participated in The Houses of Healing Self-study Course for Prisoners in the SHU. Course evaluations from 160 participants showed significant positive change and progress.

Pilot Data

Summary of evaluation feedback from 160 participants in the 14-session Houses of Healing Self-Study Course for Prisoners in the SHU. 464 men registered and received the course. The evaluation response rate = 34.4%.

93% of respondents reported being able to remain in control of their behavior when upset (“most of the time” or “almost always”), since taking the course, compared to 18% before the course, with 90% of individual respondents reporting improvement.
86% of respondents reported being able to handle anger in a positive way, (“most of the time” or “almost always”), since taking the course, compared to 15% before the course, with 93% of individual respondents reporting improvement.
91% of respondents reported using healthy ways to make themselves feel better when upset, (“most of the time” or “almost always”), since taking the course, compared to 13% before the course, with 89% of individual respondents reporting improvement.
91% of respondents reported being aware of their “triggers” (people and circumstances that trigger an emotional reaction in oneself), (“most of the time” or “almost always”), since taking the course, compared to 18% before the course, with 89% of individual respondents reporting improvement.
95% of respondents reported feeling hopeful about life (“most of the time” or “almost always”), since taking the course, compared to 29% before the course, with 83% of individual respondents reporting improvement.
95% of respondents reported the ability to take responsibility for their actions, (“most of the time” or “almost always”), since taking the course, compared to 30% before the course, with 86% of individual respondents reporting improvement.
Among the emotional regulation techniques taught in the course are meditation and yoga. 78% reported that they meditated at least 3 times a week to almost every day. 50% reported that they practiced yoga from 3 times a week to almost every day.
98% of respondents answered positively when asked how they would rate the course (with 90% rating the course as “very good” or “excellent”).
100% of respondents stated that they would recommend the Houses of Healing Self-study Program to others.

Program Goals/Outcomes include:

Recognizing the importance of using time in segregation in a disciplined, constructive way
Learning and practicing mindfulness meditation, emotional self-regulation, and stress-management techniques
Nurturing a fundamental shift in self-identity to one that is strength-based
Learning cognitive reframing from cognitive-behavioral therapy
Acknowledging, working with, and healing childhood trauma
Transforming anger, resentment, and unhealthy guilt and shame
Understanding and practicing forgiveness
Acknowledging and healing grief
Acknowledging guilt and the impact of crime – taking responsibility for offending behavior – and increasing victim awareness
Learning/practicing some basics of physical exercise and yoga
Nurturing spiritual growth

Power Source Parenting: Program for At-Risk Teen Parents

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Power Source Parenting: Growing Up Strong and Raising Healthy Kids is a practical, accessible, and innovative book/curriculum written for teen and young adult parents and the professionals who support them. It can be can be read by young parents on their own, or the concepts, exercises, and numerous firsthand stories by young parents can be introduced and explored in facilitated parenting groups or during individual home visits or counseling sessions.

Lionheart is committed to securing a loving start for children at risk and has donated 18,000 free copies of the book to more than 7,000 programs nationwide.

Among the topics included are:

  • Creating a healthy attachment to one’s child
  • Coping with the stress of parenting in adaptive ways
  • Implementing positive discipline practices
  • Managing three generational living
  • Establishing healthy relationships with partners
  • Breaking cycles of domestic violence
  • Bringing greater awareness to patterns of high-risk behavior and its effects on one’s children
  • A section for young fathers that addresses becoming a father in the wake of a fatherless   upbringing and helping young fathers identify possible contributions not contingent upon finances.

“I am very impressed with how genuine this book is. It is difficult to find reading material that connects with youth. Either the author tries too hard to connect making the book disingenuous. Or they alienate the young reader with a writing style they cannot relate to. Thank you for supporting us with this book that gets to the heart and soul of being a young parent in these times.”  TEENWORKS TEACHER,  CROSSROADS PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER

Bethany Casarjian, Ph.D., Clinical Director of Lionheart’s youth project, is the author of Power Source Parenting and the Power Source Parenting Facilitator’a Manual.  A Power Source Parenting Video Series will be available in the future.

Learn more:

Power Source Parenting Teen Parent Program

Power Source Parenting Research

 

The Lionheart Foundation’s State by State List of Reentry Support for Prisoners

29/01/20 0

Thousands of inmates are released each year without access to, or knowledge of, the support networks to help them transition back into society.  The Lionheart Foundation has compiled a list of reentry programs, listed by state, to help people connect with the services or contacts they might need.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE LIST OF REENTRY PROGRAMS

Lionheart’s Program for At-Risk Teen Parents: Power Source Parenting: Growing Up Strong and Raising Healthy Children

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Power Source Parenting is a theory-driven  intervention impacting the lives of thousands of teen parents as well as their children and future generations.

LEARN MORE ABOUT POWER SOURCE PARENTING

 

“At our monthly staff meeting yesterday, Power Source Parenting received rave reviews.  With no exceptions, all staff members had positive things to say about it.  Thank you and your organization (Lionheart) for this breath of”At our monthly staff meeting yesterday, Power Source Parenting Received rave reviews.  With no exceptions, all staff me fresh air!”  Executive Director, Teen Parenting Program

Lionheart’s  National Emotional Literacy Project for Youth-At-Risk consists of two major programs, Power Source (for at-risk and adjudicated youth) and Power Source Parenting (for at-risk teen parents.)

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR YOUTH PROJECT

 

 

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