At the July All Staff meeting, Angela Nickell, CEO explained that Pomegranate Health Systems would soon be introducing training by professional trainer/s from the Risking Connection Program from the Sidran Institute, as an outgrowth of the ongoing Trauma Informed Care sessions. The website explains that, “Risking Connection® teaches a relational framework and skills for working with survivors of traumatic experiences. Our mission is to help people recover from traumatic experiences through RICH® relationships—those hallmarked by Respect, Information Sharing, Connection, and Hope, and in so doing to reduce the time, trauma, and costs of healing for all involved.”
What the program teaches can be tailored to adolescent psychiatric treatment needs with contact hours ranging from six to twenty. The goal is to manage and prevent trauma-related crises without re-traumatization and manage symptoms such as dissociation and/or flashbacks. Specific topics address what people in emotional pain need, as well as specific distress signals and responses. The program supports therapeutic interventions such as CBT, DBT and EMDR which inform Pomegranate Health System’s therapeutic model.
SAMHSA says (in its overview of several models), that “Risking Connection emphasizes concepts of empowerment, connection, and collaboration. The model addresses issues like understanding how trauma hurts, using the relationship and connection as a treatment tool, keeping a trauma framework when responding to crises such as self-injury and suicidal depression, working with dissociation and self-awareness, and transforming vicarious traumatization.”
Pomegranate’s Clinical Director, Demetra Taylor says, “Our patient population has experienced a high degree of trauma, and this model is a logical extension of the trauma-informed care that underlies our existing programs. Our team overall, has learned a great deal and continually works to improve and fine-tune the quality and focus of our programming. We’ve seen several improved outcomes with many of the measures we track internally since the introduction of enhanced evidence-based team training.”
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