Continuum Core Element: Providing Therapeutic Interventions
The Core Team engages youth and their family members in culturally informed therapeutic interventions (strategies, activities, and actions) that build autonomy and self-efficacy as well as strengthen permanency of relationships with caregiver(s)/parent(s), siblings and other family members, and important people in the youth’s life (including “chosen family”). Therapeutic interventions also build connection and relationship with peers and natural supports. Therapeutic interventions assist families in resolving conflicts, building and strengthening relationships, promoting healing, supporting lasting change, and enhancing and sustaining functioning in the community and home.
In-session actions and strategies and between-session activities (interventions and follow-up via phone, etc.) have a specific plan and purpose related to the goals in the established action/
treatment plan. Intensity, frequency, and duration of interventions are flexible, individualized, and build on youth/family strengths in real and tangible ways that help them address their needs toward
the goal of transitioning youth home or remaining at home and in their community. Youth’s and family’s report of both improvements and challenges inform next steps as do Family Team member/
collateral perspectives (including, but not limited, to occupational therapy (OT) and psychiatry consultation as clinically indicated and agreed upon by the consultants) and direct observation by the Core team. Therapeutic intervention is an active and ongoing process of discovering what works with a youth and family in this context and builds on their strengths. The Core Team effectively uses elements of evidence-based practice as well as practice-based evidence in
developing interventions. The youth’s peer mentor, parent/caregiver’s family partner, and natural supports are included in interventions with the youth and parent/caregiver as agreed upon with the
youth and parent/caregiver. The Core Team engages in ongoing coordination with OT and others around the interventions they are providing. Nontraditional and innovative interventions may be used.