White’s Residential & Family Services has officially launched the Teaching- Family Model (TFM), an evidence-based, trauma informed model of care for treating children and teens in out-of-home therapeutic services.
The TFM will be used within foster care and residential programs by adding resources for staff and foster parent training. TFM trains staff to teach youth social skills and uses a motivation system that is positive, strength- based, while still holding youth accountable for their choices. In addition, it assists foster parents and direct care providers in parenting skills and strategies aimed at quality care for children and teens.
“We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care and treatment to the students and families we serve. This means ensuring we are offering superior training and resources to the individuals who provide care for our youth every day,” said Matt Riggle, Vice President and Executive Director of Residential Services. “With the implementation of TFM, we are equipping our houseparents to become practitioners trained to provide effective and individualized treatment that will impact the lives of our youth long after placement.”
White’s philosophy of care is rooted in Christian values, its 170-year history, and in proven expertise. The TFM brings White’s core principles (value-based, holistic method, Christian + Clinical, Family Life Model) together and provides a common language, a unified approach to quality care, and the highest level of training and support. For White’s, the TFM is an investment that will execute their mission and solidify their philosophy of care.
“We care for the children in our residential and foster homes like we would our own,” said Kurt Gard, Vice President of Family Services. “This initiative will equip foster parents and families with the resources and training needed best care for children and their families. We are incredibly excited to implement this program and bring it into the lives of our staff, foster parents, and children.”
As part of the TFM, foster care parents are provided evidence-based resources to effectively support the child in their home, while staff are provided a framework to support foster families through training. The skills will then translate to better parent-child interaction, improved school behavior following placement, and promote better work readiness.
In the United States, the TFM is used by some of the most prominent residential treatment facilities. It is also used in various other countries worldwide. TFM was just approved as an accreditation that will be recognized by the FFPSA (Family First Prevention Services Act) to meet the requirement to be a QRTP (Qualified Residential Treatment Program).
Currently, 88 White’s staff members have been trained, alongside eight foster families, with the intent to have 50 staff members and 16 foster families trained by the end of 2020. Implementation and training of the TFM has begun with White’s Fort Wayne and Wabash locations and will be completed by the end of 2020. Indianapolis, Columbus, South Bend and Crown Point offices will be trained and implemented in the TFM in 2021.