7 Key Principles of Balanced Parenting
The Abraxas Lehigh Valley Community-Based Program provides an in home parenting education/counseling service based on Abraxas’ 7 Key Principles for Family Life. The approach Abraxas Lehigh Valley Community-Based Program takes is to teach, adapt, role model, empower and motivate parents to make fundamental changes to create a strong family foundation. The core fundamentals of the education process are based on the 7 Key Principles: Parent Security, Family Security, Accountability, Responsibility and Expectations, Role Modeling, Teamwork and Communication, Effective Interventions and Environment of Care. Abraxas staff works hand in hand with the family on assessing the parenting needs and developing a plan to educate/support/reinforce those needs. The program is committed to strengthening family structure and cohesion, improving parental communication skills and increasing the parental skills for applying structure and appropriate discipline in the home.
Through the assessment process, the family, with the Abraxas team members can develop specific strategies/interventions to deal with at risk behaviors such as truancy, parent/child conflict or adolescent drug use. We can also utilize other components of the program, such as Family Brokering of Community Resources to work hand in hand in developing a long term plan for creating a strong family foundation.
Individual Adolescent Case Management
The Abraxas Lehigh Valley Community-Based Program works with adolescents by offering education and support in improving decision making skills, problem solving skills, coping mechanisms and substance abuse prevention strategies. To parallel the work being done with the parents, the Abraxas staff member will assist in developing a plan to help each adolescent obtain employment, improve education performance, get involved in positive extracurricular activities and obtain other services like drug and alcohol treatment. The Abraxas team works hand in hand with all other agencies to develop a comprehensive plan to best serve the needs of the adolescent. A major focus with the adolescent will be assisting them in understanding how their actions impact their family, their future and their community. A core values approach is utilized in educating each adolescent.
Family Brokering of Community Resources and Developing Self Sufficiency
Based on the needs of the family, the Abraxas Lehigh Valley team can assess then assist the family in Brokering Community Resources and Developing Self Sufficiency Skills. In order for families to be successful, assisting the family in partnering with other community programs is vital in helping the family to build a strong foundation.
While assisting families in Brokering Community Resources, the Abraxas team will assist the family in obtaining further mental health treatment, drug and alcohol treatment, welfare benefits, social security benefits, child care and housing.
To coincide with parenting and Brokering Community Resources the Abraxas team will also assist the family in Developing Self Sufficiency. This will include obtaining employment, developing a livable budget, creating positive support systems and utilizing community extracurricular activities.
The Abraxas Lehigh Valley Community-Based Program offers Visiting Coaching as part of a parent-child reunification process. The primary goal of Visiting Coaching is to help parents gain empathy about their child to fully understand what their child (ren) is going through during the separation process. Parents are empowered to plan visits based on their strengths and the plan can include the following: the child’s specific needs, how the parent can meet those needs and how parents are supported by the visiting coach to put their reactions aside to concentrate on the child.
During the visiting coach process, the Abraxas staff member will meet with the parent prior to a visit to create and/or review the plan. The goal is to have the visit in a natural, individualized, homelike setting preferably in the community. The visiting coach will then take part in the visit effectively communicating information relevant to the visit. After the visit there will also be a post debrief meeting to further discuss progress and plans for the next visit.
Community-Based Aggression Replacement Training (ART)
The Abraxas Lehigh Valley Community-Based Program offers an Aggression Replacement Training (ART) group in the community. The program is a 10 week flexible group. The three main integrated and coordinated components of ART are Skill Streaming, Moral Reasoning and Anger Control training, which are fully utilized in the community based setting. During this process parental involvement is highly encouraged to gain a full perspective of how the adolescent is applying skills learned in the home. We ask parents and/or guardians to come to the groups before or after to also be educated on the information the adolescent is receiving. Probation/Case Worker involvement is also highly encouraged.
Social Skills Training teaches participants what to do in replacing anti-social behaviors with positive behaviors. Anger Control teaches participants how to respond to anger in a non-aggressive manner and rethink anger provoking situations. Moral Reasoning helps raise participant’s levels of fairness, justice and concern for the needs and rights of others.