Texas Model Training Resume for Caregivers and Families

Weekly sessions will share Texas Model techniques with families and caregivers

by John McGreevy, TJJD Communications

On the evening of Tuesday, January 11 at 6 p.m., a small group of parents and caregivers of teens from across Texas got together on Zoom. They didn’t know each other, but they all had one thing in common: they wanted to learn the skills that would help their child succeed at home after leaving TJJD care.

This virtual gathering was for a session for TJJD’s new Texas Model Training for TJJD Young Caregivers and Families. The program is a six-week interactive series that provides parents and caregivers with a holistic approach to understanding the Texas model and how it helps young people progress while at a TJJD facility. The aim of the training is to help parents and guardians learn skills and techniques they can use in their daily lives to reduce conflict and facilitate communication so they can better guide and support their adolescent. .

Training can equip families to deal with situations and questions that may arise when welcoming their young TJJD into their home. Questions such as: What is the best way to react to a stressful situation? How do you talk about your feelings and impulses in a healthy way? Who do you turn to when you feel angry or out of control?

Sessions include information on Texas Model topics such as healthy coping skills, emotional and behavioral regulation, the importance of connection, behavioral correction strategies, and principles of trauma-informed care. Each session is facilitated by a TJJD staff member who has expertise in a certain area. For example, Desiree Cortinas, who is a Family Enrichment Specialist, leads a conversation on “Creating a Trauma-Informed Lens.” All of this is designed to give family members a better idea of ​​the strategies and skills the youngsters have learned during their time at the facility. There is also time at the end of each session for questions or to share experiences. Each time a parent, caregiver or family member attends one of these six sessions, the youth’s record is updated accordingly.

“As parents progress through the sessions, staff members can reach out to them to schedule a virtual meeting with them and their youth to discuss how the Texas Model’s strategies impacted them,” says Lisa Broussard. , Director of Texas Model Leadership Development at TJJD. “Young people can share the regulatory tools that work and the parts of Texas Model programming that might be useful when they get home.” »

This first series of trainings ended in mid-February and, following the positive response, the training will be offered four times a year. The current session will start on April 12, 2022 and will continue until May 17 on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Subsequent sessions will take place from July 12 to August 16 and from October 11 to November 15. Any parent or guardian who wishes to attend one of the free training sessions is encouraged to contact their case manager to register. To learn more, visit the Texas Model Training page.

It is TJJD’s goal that every young person involved in the agency’s temporary care will leave with a fresh perspective and a solid plan for future success, and that these training sessions will go a long way in helping young people achieve that goal. This will in turn lead to safer communities.

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