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Hope Academy S.T.A.R.R Program HOPE ACADEMY S.T.A.R.R. Supportive, Therapeutic, Action Focused, Recovery Room Mayor’s Sponsored Special Education Presentation.

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1 Hope Academy S.T.A.R.R Program HOPE ACADEMY S.T.A.R.R. Supportive, Therapeutic, Action Focused, Recovery Room Mayor’s Sponsored Special Education Presentation 2013

2 What is Hope Academy? Indiana’s First Recovery High School Tuition-free Public Charter School Safe, Sober, Supportive, School Environment Open to all students in grades Core 40/Academic Honors Diploma Credit Recovery Recovery Support Restorative Discipline Parent Education/Parent Support Relapse Support and Processing

3 S.T.A.R.R. Supportive Therapeutic Action-focused Recovery Room Rationale: The program was created to manage the contagion of deviant behavior associated with young alcoholics and addicts who struggle with school and recovery; so that the recovery focus and culture of Hope Academy might remain strong and supportive. (This is an evidence-based approach; c.f., Dodge et al., 2005, Deviant Peer Behavior in Intervention and Public Policy for Youth)

4 S.T.A.R.R. Supportive Therapeutic Action-focused Recovery Room Target Population: The target population includes students who manifest a cluster of behavioral, educational, and/or recovery markers that put them at-risk for classroom disruptions, suspensions, and academic and recovery failure.

5 Recovery Openly Negative About Recovery Sharing “War Stories” Minimizing Problems with Substances and Supporting Others in Doing the Same Contributing to Others Continued Use Not Taking Recovery Seriously Encouraging Relapse Conspiring to Use Disregard of Recovery Requirements Failure to Show Recovery Progress Academic Not Engaging in the Learning Process Expends Little Effort Does Not Care About Work Distracts Others From Their Work Fails to Turn in Work Does Not Consistently Finish Work Turns in Incomplete, Poor Quality Work Classroom Disruption Negative Attitude Unwillingness to Participate Chronic non-compliance Chronic Inappropriate Language and Behavior Chronic Off-task Behavior Engages Others Negatively Consistently Provocative Distracts Others From Their Work POTENTIAL MARKERS

6 S.T.A.R.R. Supportive Therapeutic Action-focused Recovery Room Objectives and Desired Outcomes: Program will: Address and redirect non-normative i.e., deviant behavior into appropriate and sufficient scaffolding through centered teacher- guided interaction Structure for each student’s individualized educational and recovery supports Students will: utilize recovery tools and support by meeting recovery requirements and making progress in recovery show improvement in academic engagement and academic success build emotional, social, academic, and behavioral skills display appropriate behaviors conducive to individuals actively engaged in recovery and learning improve their overall attitude toward school and recovery

7 S.T.A.R.R. Supportive Therapeutic Action-focused Recovery Room Learning Environment: Essential Frameworks: Schedule: Students will have a posted schedule of weekly/daily events and activities that will provide structure and consistency. Staff will guide transitions from one event/activity to the next by giving clear instructions as to have minimal disruptions and “down” time. Physical Environment: Computer Area Independent Learning Area Collaborative Learning/Group Processing Area Isolation Area Independent and Collaborative Rhythms Scaffolding Visual Expectations Posted = Visual Authority Emotional/Psychological Structure: Stress student problem solving: give students sufficient time and space Reduce personal battles: redirect to Expectations Poster as authority Conduct Quadrant Behavior Audits (Staff and Students) Explore student’s needs

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9 Weekly Student Performance Audit in 5 Areas: –Attitude –Behaviors –Skill Building –Academics –Recovery

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11 LEARN A NEW TOOL…. LET’S BEGIN.

12 S.T.A.R.R. Supportive Therapeutic Action-focused Recovery Room Node-Link Mapping—Source of Process. Node-link mapping is a simple technique for presenting verbal information in the form of a diagram. It has been shown to have positive benefits for counseling interactions with clients.

13 S.T.A.R.R. Supportive Therapeutic Action-focused Recovery Room Using “unpackings” for Relapse and Problematic Behavior

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16 Using “unpackings” for Relapse and Behavior Why Students Are Significantly Less Defensive About A Problem When Unpacking It Vs. Talking About It Zielke & Pontius, 2006; 2008 Version Some Hypothesis Unpacking creates a safe joining space and neutralizes power in helping. Unpacking distances self from the account which quiets defenses, as it objectifies behavior, thus freeing up the exploratory behavior system. Unpacking creates a holding space where material is held and factors connected. Unpacking changes repair motivation as it focuses on the immediate issue/problem and not self-deficits. Thus, separating shame (with it defensive covering) from guilt (taking action to “mend” what is broken). Behavior moves form the agnostic position of “I don’t know” to the existential position of having meaning as a decisive act of self.

17 S.T.A.R.R. Supportive Therapeutic Action-focused Recovery Room Goal of Unpacking: To facilitate a personal deconstruction (i.e., “to take apart or examine in order to reveal the basis or composition with the intention…of exposing biases, flaws, or inconsistencies”, Merriam-Webster, 2007) of a problematic event. To re-engage a youth with his or her memories of the specified event; To help the youth reconstruct the event as a flow of experiential units (“units of happenings”)— “What happened?” “And then what happened?” “And then what happened?” and so forth. To have the youth relate from memory thinking and feelings associated with each of the experiential units. To have the youth make “holistic” observations as to the direction, cohesiveness, and outcome of his or her behavior. To have the youth evaluate his/her behavior in the event to personal beliefs, values, goals, dreams and aspirations? Clarify the discrepancies. To clarify motivation for behavior change, points for possible change, and challenges to making changes.

18 S.T.A.R.R. Supportive Therapeutic Action-focused Recovery Room Process and Unpacking Steps Upper Left Corner—Student Demographics Precursors to the Event Balloon Bubble—Date of the Event Black—What happened?, What happened?, etc. Green—What were you thinking?, etc. Blue—What were you feeling?, etc. Red—Observations; what do you see? Repair/Action Plan; What do you need To do to repair the situation? ( * )—Where could you have done something different to change the outcome?

19 S.T.A.R.R. Supportive Therapeutic Action-focused Recovery Room I know “everyone” loves to role play so…… Here we go!

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