The key to any successful program providing services to consumers who present with cognitive and behavioral/mental health challenges is a behavior modification program that is designed to be forward focused, investing staff and students energies toward increasing the frequency of desired behaviors rather than decreasing the frequency of challenging behaviors.
Consumers referred to our programs may have experienced loss and lack of success in many life areas including multiple school placements, hospitalizations, inability to successfully participate in group or team activities. Our behavior modification program will form a process that maintains a culture and individual plan that is dedicated to building the life skills that the student will need to successfully reside in an IRA upon completion of their academic programming.
At the time of placement, staff will observe each consumer for a period of two weeks. The goal of this process will be to develop an inventory of challenging behaviors to be addressed by the behavior modification program. Working closely with the PHD Behaviorist three behaviors will be selected. The team will then review the selected behaviors and write a plan that focuses on increasing the frequency of the positive behavioral alternative. If getting out to program on time is the selected behavior, then “I was on time for school” might be the selected targeted behavior.
Once this process is completed a meeting with the consumer and the circle of support is held to discuss the behaviors selected, the criteria for success, and the consequences for achieving agreed upon goals. At the meeting the consumer will have the opportunity to comment on the behaviors selected and the team may change the targeted behaviors based on the consumers input.
A chart will then be created that includes a frequency for success by the CRP Psychologist. At the end of each week the checks (number of successes) will be counted and a reinforcement delivered. These reinforcements will include both a social and nonsocial component [staff taking the consumer for slice of pizza, staff taking the consumer shopping] with the goal of increasing prosocial relationship between the consumers and staff that then will allow for the staff to successfully intervene at the antecedent phase of an emerging behavior. Once there is mastery of a selected behavior a new behavior will be selected by the youth and the team.