Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $500,000)
The Bethesda Family Services Foundation will implement the 'Training in the Bethesda Model.' The goals are: to prevent and reduce delinquent behavior by training a variety of agencies in a comprehensive approach to address behavioral and therapeutic needs of clients; promote public safety by comprehensively teaching accountability and emotional healing to other providers; and support effective programs through an ongoing relationship between Bethesda (trainers) and other programs (trainees). This program was formed to heal the hearts and change the lives of troubled individuals and distressed families. In an effort to achieve this mission, Bethesda works to replicate their methods by establishing Bethesda affiliates and disseminating their treatment methods to other program providers. Bethesda's emphasis is on partnering with others and training their staff so that others can experience victory, restoration and emotional healing. The Bethesda two-system approach is a perfect fit for those programs, which are successful at many levels but not able to sustain a cohesive team approach among all staff members. The Bethesda approach will expand the knowledge base of other providers as well as the clients and family members affiliated with those programs by training staff and certifying programs in two systems, 'Relational Healing Counseling' and 'Peer Governance Behavior Management.' This addresses the risk factors associated with juvenile delinquency (Relational Healing) and supports positive youth development at the same time (Peer Governance), which can enhance the juvenile justice system overall. Bethesda's unique methodology addresses the risk factors of youth and families by providing a comprehensive and integrated approach. Bethesda's Peer Governance and Relational Healing Systems are designed to work together to influence permanent positive change within the intellect, emotion, and well (behavior) of the client. To assist in measuring the success of the programs, they have developed the Bethesda Frequency and Intensity Behavioral (BFIB) Scale. The direct impact of Bethesda's Relational Healing and Peer Governance Models can be measured through the use of this tool.