Yearly Archives: 2014

Sharing Stories on Why We Do This Work

Each month when the Clinical Services Department (staff working with training, trauma informed care/Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics™, School Based Services and Clinical Services) gets together, we kick off our meetings with a caregiver capacity activity chosen by a different member of the team. So far we have explored mandalas, sympathetic breathing and inspiring quotes – each activity working different pathways … Continue

Spreading the Word on Functional Family Therapy

On June 23, SaintA, in a partnership with Department of Child and Family Services, had the great pleasure of introducing the Functional Family Therapy program (FFT) to Milwaukee. Understanding the need to provide support and encouragement for Milwaukee’s at-risk youth and their families, FFT aims to provide strength-based and solutions-focused therapy that not only supports the identified youth but engages … Continue

A Memorable Evening for Treatment Foster Care Families

A picnic, a training, an award ceremony, and fun, therapeutic activities….what a great evening for our treatment foster families! On Tuesday, July 29, our Treatment Foster Care (TFC) Program hosted the TFC Picnic and Training at the SaintA main campus, an event that we hope was memorable for families and staff. TFC is out-of-home care by foster parents who have … Continue

Student Showcases Highlight Talents, Pride

In an effort to make learning more interactive and fun for the students in our Transitions Therapeutic School, we started student showcases during the 2013-14 school year, and we will continue them in the upcoming 2014-15 year. At the end of each month of the school year, our students and staff hosted a “gallery” where they displayed their work, be … Continue

International Experience Brings Lots of Pride

As I sat on my long flight home from Canada recently, I reflected back on all of the presentations and knowledge learned from a week at the ChildTrauma Academy conference. I couldn’t help but compare my discussions with other agencies with our work at SaintA, and specifically within our Treatment Foster Care program. I felt pride that SaintA has been … Continue

How to Reach the Top of the Mountain

In June I was one of eight representatives from our agency who attended the inaugural NMT Symposium, hosted by Dr. Bruce Perry, ChildTrauma Academy staff, and Hull Services, an agency in Alberta, Canada, that provides mental health and behavioral services to children and families. This trip allowed me ample opportunity for new experiences, and I was eager to get in … Continue

Incarceration and Healing Trauma

I recently heard a segment on National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air” about the incarceration of juveniles, and it really got me thinking. The show featured Nell Bernstein, who wrote “Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison.” So, I bought the book and shared some concepts with a SaintA group of staff members who meet regularly to discuss trauma … Continue

Kinship Stability, Caregiver Support Benefit Families

Since October of 2012, SaintA Caregiver Support specialists have been working to help ensure stability in out-of-home placements with relatives. The Caregiver Support Program is voluntary, but we understand that the first 30 days of having a child placed in someone’s home can be a challenging experience. So, our team (Allison Curtiss-Jaworski, Nikeyah Flagg, April Lowther, Michelle Lim, and Abigail … Continue

The Power of Exercise: Lessons From the Inaugural NMT Symposium

Thanks to the support of our Board of Directors, a team of staff from SaintA had the opportunity to attend the inaugural Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics™ (NMT) symposium recently in Banff, Canada. It was a remarkable event bringing together 450 people from nine countries, six Canadian provinces, and 24 U.S. states to share practice ideas, research and lessons learned about … Continue

Award Highlights Success of Interactive Therapy

SaintA and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin recently received an Agency Research Award from the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for our collaboration with UWM on Project Connect. This research project helped foster children ages 3-6 with behavioral challenges and their caregivers develop behavior management techniques using what is called Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). We … Continue

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