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1 3-5-7 Model © Building parenting capacity and emotional family well-being through the relational practice of the 3-5-7 Model © Darla L. Henry PhD, MSW,MRS Panel Members: Honorable Jolene Kopriva, - Blair County Honorable John Kuhn, - Adams County Sue Cohick, Administrator – Adams County CYA Proprietary: Darla L Henry & Associates, Inc.

2 Objectives Highlight the integral practice concepts for working with traumatized families through the lens of grief using the 3-5-7 Model©. Explore the challenges for families who experience trauma from separation and losses. Empower professionals to successfully engage and empower families in enhancing their parenting capacities. Enhance opportunities for public and private child welfare professionals to experience hope and success in their work of building foundations of hope for families in renewing their relationships. Proprietary: Darla L Henry & Associates, Inc.

3 Family Finding Family Group Decision Making Teaming Engagement meetings of ALL types

4 To truly engage families we need to understand where they have been, where they are, and where they are going Proprietary: Darla L Henry & Associates, Inc.

5 EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING Achieving autonomy Mastery Growth Positive relationships Self-acceptance Sense of purpose Proprietary: Darla L Henry & Associates, Inc.

6 IMPACT of LOSSES on WELL-BEING FAMILIES History of life experiences-generational Resultant behaviors may be abuse/neglect Limitations in parenting capacity Feelings of failure as parent CHILDREN/ADOLESCENTS Primary losses-abandonment, rejection, opportunity Secondary losses-maize strangers PROFESSIONALS Secondary trauma Proprietary: Darla L Henry & Associates, Inc.

7 The FGDM process is often emotionally intense and anxiety-ridden Separation and loss are common themes Schmid, Harris, Hassabu, and Barnwell (2007) Proprietary: Darla L Henry & Associates, Inc.

8 Why pay attention to loss? Issues of grief and loss can have a substantial impact on the process of rebuilding family relationships If losses are acknowledged and recognized, the trust, security, and openness needed for a successful decision making conference will be more readily achieved Proprietary: Darla L Henry & Associates, Inc.

9 Pervasive and painful feelings of loss Threats to: Self-Esteem Parental and Family Identity Sense of Belonging/togetherness Security Lacking of a sense of purpose Criticism and Blame Field Guide to Child Welfare: Placement and Permanence, Child Welfare League of America, 1998 Proprietary: Darla L Henry & Associates, Inc.

10 Helplessness/frustration Concern for both the child and the parent Embarrassment Anger/Resentment Toward parent and/or child welfare system When relative becomes caregiver: Loss of future plans (retirement, etc) Move from one role to another Grandparent to Parent Aunt/Uncle to Parent Sibling to Parent Proprietary: Darla L Henry & Associates, Inc.

11 Themes of Loss (for Families with Child Welfare System Involvement) Loss of control Loss of dignity Loss of security Loss of identity Loss of belongingness in family Proprietary: Darla L Henry & Associates, Inc.

12 Evidence-informed relational practice approach that supports the work of children, youth, and their families To grieve losses resulting from their traumas To rebuild relationships established in the perception of safety To empower individuals Proprietary: Darla L Henry & Associates, Inc.

13 3 TASKS: frame engagement strategies to support the work of children, youth, and families 5 QUESTIONS: support the work of the 3 tasks and address the issues that are the results of relationship and family traumas 7 SKILLS: the abilities, knowledge and philosophical perspectives of professionals and caregivers who work with children, youth and families Proprietary: Darla L Henry & Associates, Inc.

14 TASKS CLARIFICATION: Events of one’s life are explored through activities, listening, support, conversation INTEGRATION: Relationships are identified and recognized for their ongoing place in one’s life. Meaning is given to each important relationship ACTUALIZATION: Permanency in relationship(s) is visualized based on perceptions of safety and belongingness Proprietary: Darla L Henry & Associates, Inc.

15 Questions C onceptual Questions Identity Who Am I?………………………Identity Loss What Happened To Me?………Loss Attachment Where Am I Going?……………Attachment Relationships How Will I Get There?………….Relationships Safety/Belonging When Will I Know I belong?... Permanency/Safety/Belonging Proprietary: Darla L Henry & Associates, Inc.

16 Skills * ENGAGING individuals & families in their work (3 tasks) * LISTENING to their stories & life experiences * BEING PRESENT & BRIEFLY SPEAKING in response to stories, questions, comments, reactions of child/youth/families * AFFIRMING current perspectives of their Life Stories * Establishing the perception of SAFETY through authentic listening, physical location and continuity of time spent with child/youth/family * EXPLORING past life events in present time building on strengths * RECOGNIZING and ACCEPTING that current BEHAVIORS reflect GRIEF RESPONSES from past traumas and current events Proprietary: Darla L Henry & Associates, Inc.

17 : Clarification : Supporting the Work of Grieving and Identity Formation Continuity of time with individual “Normalizing” the grief work Knowledge of and use of activities Development of Life Book Awareness of self – Own losses Skills and ability to comfort another Supportive relationships Proprietary: Darla L Henry & Associates, Inc.

18 Integration: Supporting the Work of Relationship Building Recognizing the loyalty within families Recognizing the most children and youth love their birth parents; and, parents love their children Accept the human need to be in relationship with another Proprietary: Darla L Henry & Associates, Inc.

19 Actualization: Supporting the Work of Relational Permanency & Belongingness “permanency begins at home” Exploring all possible relationships Future view of a caring connection and/or relationship that is secure Proprietary: Darla L Henry & Associates, Inc.

20 OUTCOMES 1.ENCOURAGE EXPRESSION of FEELINGS 2.EMBRACE PAST LIFE EVENTS, RELATIONSHIPS, CULTURE 3.CLARIFY CONFUSIONS, QUESTIONS 4.ESTABLISH SUPPORTIVE CONNECTIONS 5.VISUALIZE POSITIVE FUTURE

21 Impact of Grief & Loss Courts & County CYS System Honorable Jolene Kopriva – Blair County Honorable John Kuhn – Adams County Sue Cohick – Adams County Proprietary: Darla L Henry & Associates, Inc.

22 References Henry, D. L. (2005). 3-5-7 Model: Preparing children for permanency. Children and Youth Services Review, 27, 197-211. Rycus, J. & Hughes, R. (1998). Field Guide to Child Welfare: Placement and Permanence, CWLA Press: Washington D.C. Schmid, J., Harris, C., Hassabu, I., & Barnwell, L. (2007). Using family group conferencing in the context of death and dying. Protecting Children, 22, 51-60. Proprietary: Darla L Henry & Associates, Inc.

23 For more information on the 3-5-7 Model: Darla L. Henry darla@darlahenry.org Proprietary: Darla L Henry & Associates, Inc.


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