New Lionheart Program: EQ2 for Direct Care Staff

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EQ2Empowering Direct Care Staff to Build Trauma-Informed Communities for Youth

Using the term, emotion coaching, Lionheart’s EQ2 program begins by increasing staffs’ awareness of youth trauma behavior, helping staff build relationship-focused competencies and expanding crisis intervention knowledge. What is unique about the EQ2 approach, however, is the focus on building staff’s own social and emotional skills including increased awareness of their emotional state when working with youth to prevent crisis, learning personalized cognitive-behavioral strategies to help staff co-regulate with youth, learning how to return to “emotional baseline” after stressful incidents, and building stress management and resiliency skills to handle the emotional fallout that is common when working with trauma-impacted youth.

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Coming soon! EQ2: A Program for Direct Care Staff working with at-risk Youth.

20/01/20 0

EQ2: Empowering Direct Care Staff to Build Trauma-Informed Communities for Youth

Using the term, emotion coaching, Lionheart’s EQ2 program begins by increasing staffs’ awareness of youth trauma behavior, helping staff build relationship-focused competencies and expanding crisis intervention knowledge. What is unique about the EQ2 approach, however, is the focus on building staff’s own social and emotional skills including increased awareness of their emotional state when working with youth to prevent crisis, learning personalized cognitive-behavioral strategies to help staff co-regulate with youth, learning how to return to “emotional baseline” after stressful incidents, and building stress management and resiliency skills to handle the emotional fallout that is common when working with trauma-impacted youth.

Coming Soon: EQ2 a program to empower direct-care staff to build trauma informed communities for youth.

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LEARN MORE/SIGN UP FOR NOTIFICATION OF PROGRAM RELEASE/VIEW EQ2 INFORMATIONAL VIDEO: https://lionheart.org/eq2/

EQ2 is a program designed to support direct-care staff working with high-risk, trauma-impacted youth, particularly those who are involved in the child welfare and juvenile detention systems. Experts increasingly understand that managing the traumatic stress reactions that system-involved youth often present with can take a profound toll on the well-being of residential staff and result in trauma symptoms which permeate the larger organization. Secondary trauma has been shown to lead to increased levels of staff stress, burnout, and turnover, as well as lowered quality of care for youth. Recently, calls for “trauma-informed systemic approaches” have been issued to help agencies respond to youth and staff trauma-related needs. Using the term, emotion coaching,

Using the term, emotion coaching, Lionheart’s EQ2 program begins by increasing staffs’ awareness of youth trauma behavior, helping staff build relationship focused competencies and expanding crisis intervention knowledge. What is unique about the EQ2 approach, however, is the focus on building staff’s own social and emotional skills including increased awareness of their emotional state when working with youth to prevent crisis, learning personalized cognitive behavioral strategies to help staff co-regulate with youth, learning how to return to “emotional baseline” after stressful incidents, and building stress management and resiliency skills to handle the emotional fallout that is common when working with trauma-impacted youth.

Agencies who sign up for the EQ2 Program will receive access to the EQ2 online learning platform; multiple copies of the printed version of the EQ2 Participant Handbook and annotated Facilitators Guide; the EQ2 app for staff, and a range of supportive materials to help build trauma-sensitive environments including posters and wristbands.

Lionheart’s Program for At-Risk Youth, Power Source, Distributed to Native American Tribes

18/12/19 0

Power Source: Lionheart’s evidence-based program for highly at-risk adolescents and young adults delivered to Native American tribes through donor-directed support.

As a result of two targeted donations, Lionheart has completed the second Power Source outreach to Native American tribes. Most had very little relevant programming and after seeing the review copy, there was enthusiastic interest in the program. As one program director responded, “it was a unanimous vote of WOW and yes, we need this.”  While another commented, “I think it will be perfect for our youth.”  Tribes and programs included Yankton Sioux Tribe – Child Welfare, SD; Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate – Dakotah Pride Center, SD; Crow Nation Recovery Center, MT; Tipi/Rosebud Juvenile Detention Center, SD; Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, WI; and the Kaw Nation, OK.

For more information about the Power Source Program:  Click Here

EQ2: Empowering Direct Care Staff to Build Trauma-Informed Communities for Youth

16/12/19 0

A new offering from the Lionheart Foundation, EQ2, is a program designed to support direct-care staff working with high-risk, trauma-impacted youth, particularly those who have been involved in the child welfare or juvenile detention systems. Experts increasingly understand that managing the traumatic stress reactions that system-involved youth often present with can take a profound toll on the well-being of residential staff and result in trauma symptoms which permeate the larger organization. Secondary trauma has been shown to lead to increased levels of staff stress, burnout, and turnover, as well as lowered quality of care for youth. Recently, calls for “trauma-informed systemic approaches” have been issued to help agencies respond to youth and staff trauma-related needs.

Using the term, emotion coaching, Lionheart’s EQ2 program begins by increasing staffs’ awareness of youth trauma behavior, helping staff build relationship-focused competencies and expanding crisis intervention knowledge. What is unique about the EQ2 approach, however, is the focus on building staff’s own social and emotional skills including increased awareness of their emotional state when working with youth to prevent crisis, learning personalized cognitive-behavioral strategies to help staff co-regulate with youth, learning how to return to “emotional baseline” after stressful incidents, and building stress management and resiliency skills to handle the emotional fallout that is common when working with trauma-impacted youth.

Without equipping staff with critical emotional regulatory skills required to actively manage their own stress-responses to highly-charged emotional events, creating a truly trauma sensitive environment is unlikely.

EQ2 will be available in early 2020.  For more information click here:  questions@lionheart.org

or call the Lionheart Office  781-444-6667.

 

Making Time Count: Making the Most of Your Time Behind Bars

11/12/19 0

Making Time Count: Making the Most of Your Time Behind Bars  is currently being offered in the Reception Center in San Quentin. This program, for prisoners entering into the prison system, supports their  positive adjustment and addresses challenges unique to prison life and positive approaches to effectively deal with them. In the past 6 weeks, 99 inmates have registered and received the course. The Spanish version of the program will start to be offered by February 1, 2020, if not sooner. The first evaluations are just being received by Lionheart. Of the first few that we received in the past few weeks, paritipants wrote: “It was an absolute blessing and was life-changing. I have learned so much and will carry the lessons learned for the rest of my days. Thank you….” “This is a life-changer. Highly recommended.”

To learn more about Making Time Count contact The Lionheart Foundation at 781-444-6667 or questions@lionheart.org

Making Time Count is based on an adaptation of Lionheart’s Houses of Healing Program.

 

Lionheart Trains Lifers and Long-Term Prisoners to Facilitate Program to Younger Prisoners

09/12/19 0

The Power Source Training: A Program to Prepare Lifers and Long-term Prisoners to Facilitate a High Impact Social-Emotional (Re)habilitation Program for 18-24 Year-olds is a program offered by the Lionheart Foundation and supported by the CDCR (CA Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation).

This program trains and nurtures positive purpose in many long-term prisoners who are walking the walk of rehabilitation. When the young men and older prisoner-facilitators were asked, “Would you recommend the program to someone else?”ALL WERE AFFIRMATIVE.  Read more about the Power Source Program.

A small sampling of comments from prisoner-facilitators:

“I love this program!! It’s life changing. It’s one of the only programs that all the participants take seriously.”

“So many young people come up to me with smiles and thank me and tell me what the program means to them.”

“It gave me the opportunity to live the life I’ve always wanted. Today I treat everyone with respect.”

“The experience of being an inside facilitator made me want to change the direction of my life. I now want to become a mentor and facilitator when I get free. It has shown me that I can be more in my life.”

“It’s amazing how people can come into your life and change your whole outlook. Power Source provides the guidance to re-connect with your greater self so that you can live the sort of loving existance we are meant to live.”

“Being responsible is a blessing.”

“Words can’t explain how good it feels to be of service. I am no longer part of the problem. I am part of the solution.”

Lionheart received for 2019 Boston Award

25/11/19 0

Boston Award Program Honors the Lionheart’ Foundations Achievement 2019

BOSTON November 18, 2019 — Lionheart Foundation has been selected for the 2019 Boston Award in the Community Service & Non-Profit Organizations category by the Boston Award Program.

Each year, the Boston Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Boston area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2019 Boston Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Boston Award Program and data provided by third parties.

Lionheart’s Clinical Director to Keynote at Upcoming Conference (2020)

13/11/19 0

Dr. Bethany Casarjian, Lionheart’s Clinical Director, will be the keynote speaker at the William James College Conference to be held in Newton, MA in May 2020.  The conference will address the topic of trauma-informed practices to improve outcomes for children, adolescents, and families of underserved communities.  Dr. Casarjian was asked to address the deleterious impacts of trauma on youth from historically marginalized backgrounds and on best practices and trauma-informed interventions for at-risk youth and families. In addition, she will speaking about Lionheart’s newest program, EQ2,   designed to support direct-care staff working with high-risk, trauma-impacted youth, particularly those who have been involved in the child welfare or juvenile detention systems.

Lionheart’s EQ2 program begins by increasing staffs’ awareness of youth trauma behavior, helping staff build relationship-focused competencies and expanding crisis intervention knowledge. What is unique about the EQ2 approach, however, is the focus on building staff’s own social and emotional skills including increased awareness of their emotional state when working with youth to prevent crisis, learning personalized cognitive-behavioral strategies to help staff co-regulate with youth, learning how to return to “emotional baseline” after stressful incidents, and building stress management and resiliency skills to handle the emotional fallout that is common when working with trauma-impacted youth.

To learn more about the Lionheart Foundation’s programs.  Click here.

EQ2: Designed to support direct care staff to be delivered through a Learning Management System and an App.

11/11/19 0

Lionheart’s new program (EQ2) designed to support direct-care staff working with high-risk, trauma-impacted youth is expected to be available by the end of the year (2019).  The distribution of the program through a Learning Management System and an app is also new.

The app contains EQ2’s key self-regulation and psychoeducational skills which have been animated using the program’s unique and vibrant art. The app not only reinforces the skills learned in the groups, but makes the key content available to everyone in the youth-serving system, widening the program’s reach and increasing the transmission of trauma-informed practices. The LMS provides trainer assistance (an online train-the-trainer model), increasing the program’s fidelity.needs.

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