Yearly Archives: 2015

Lego Based Therapy Works, and It’s Fun!

A couple of months ago, a friend shared a Facebook link for Lego Based Therapy by LeGoff, Gomez de la Cuesta, Krauss and Baron-Cohen, which describes how to use cooperative Lego-building to help teach social and communication skills to youth who are on the Autism spectrum. Over the past year or so, I had been having discussions with co-workers about … Continue

A Look at Family Services and Supervised Visitation Awareness

Although Supervised Visitation Awareness Month, which is May, is drawing to a close, its significance carries through all year long. The Supervised Visitation Network (SVN), an organization of over 500 visitation providers worldwide, adopted the Orange Ribbon Campaign in honor of supervised visitation in May of 2001. The ribbon is meant to raise awareness of the need and impact of … Continue

Our Trauma-Informed Star, From Beginning to End

Most people in the agency have had some interaction with Ron Klemp, the occupational therapist for SaintA. He has worked directly with the staff and boys in our Residential Treatment, Care Coordination and Treatment Foster Care programs. He has been an ever present smiling face, entertaining staff and residents with his magic tricks, his beautiful garden (which he created as … Continue

Agency Expanding Treatment Foster Care Statewide

I am very excited to share with you that SaintA has made the strategic decision to expand treatment foster care and case management services statewide. We are hiring additional staff in the western and central regions of the state to support our recruitment, licensing and case management efforts. As you might imagine, the demand for high-quality, trauma-informed treatment foster care … Continue

Sex Trafficking Victims Need Support, Encouragement

A group of co-workers and I recently attended the second bi-annual conference “Not for Sale,” Wisconsin’s Response to Human Trafficking. This two-day conference had presenters from across the country and from Mexico discussing the prominent issue of girls and boys, of all ages, being purchased for sex and options on how to support them outside of this way of life. … Continue

Carnival Exemplifies Trauma Informed Goals and Practices

I would like to share with everyone how impressed I was with the R/R (rhythmic/repetitive) Carnival that Residential youth counselor Blair Grover and the staff of our Endeavor unit staff put on March 26. R/R activities are part of SaintA’s focus on trauma informed care; this type of activity helps to calm a child’s brain and promotes self-regulation in children … Continue

Play Promotes Parent/Child Interaction

Given that we at SaintA are committed to providing trauma informed care and leading efforts on spreading awareness of the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), it naturally follows that we are exploring opportunities to prevent ACEs. Children under the age of 5 are most at risk for various forms of child maltreatment, and children under 3 are especially vulnerable. … Continue

New Family Therapy Program Bringing Results

What is the answer to the violence and crime that is going on in our city right now? I think that is the million-dollar question that many key figures in the community, various organizations, churches and concerned citizens are striving to answer. Our secretary of the Department of Children and Families, Eloise Anderson, did some research on the Functional Family … Continue

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