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Psychoeducational Treatment Model

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $134,152)

Holy Family Institute will implement the 'Psychoeducational Treatment Model' (PEM), which is an intervention program. PEM, developed by Girls and Boys Town, is an intense behavior-modification system that engages staff and youth in constant, consistent positive reinforcement. The goal is to reduce juvenile delinquency by addressing the problems that lead to delinquent behavior, such as poor family functioning, lack of social competency, substance abuse and aggressive behavior as a result of abuse, neglect, and psychiatric problems. Residents come to the program by means of referrals from the child's welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice system. PEM provides a structured framework to help staff teach youth to manage their behavior, reinforce appropriate behavior and correct inappropriate behavior. PEM empowers youth by enabling them to monitor their thoughts, feelings and behaviors, control their impulses, delay gratification, and empathize and build relationships. The data collection process begins at intake and continues throughout the child's length of stay. Holy Family will track the number of youth exhibiting change in targeted behaviors, with a focus on social competence, substance use, family functioning, the number of youth who re-offend and are re-victimized while in care. NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 17, 2008