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  1. 1. Sarah Flanagan, MSW, MPA, PLMHP Ted E. Bear Hollow, A Center for Grieving Children and Teens
  2. 2. Learning Objectives • Explain the benefits of social programming for those experiencing grief and loss. • Identify tools useful for recruiting and screening participants, developing safety guidelines and policies, and evaluating the effectiveness of your program. • Develop a list of activity ideas and/or themes that could be used.
  3. 3. What is social programming? • Organized, informal activities that provide opportunities for socializing with others of a similar group or cohort. • May incorporate or address an issue without necessarily focusing on providing support or therapy. • Fun! Also reinforce appropriate social interactions, positive decision-making and critical thinking skills.
  4. 4. Examples of Social Programming • Bingo or Bunco games in a retirement community • Trips to the zoo for children with special needs • Pool parties for a Girl Scout/Boy Scout troop • Friday night dinners for a widows/widowers group • Movie outings for at-risk teens
  5. 5. Let’s try one out!
  6. 6. Research: Social Implications • Mutual aid self-help groups are in and of themselves small communities in which members make friends and gain a sense of connectedness to others (Humphreys, 1997). • Involvement in supportive human relationships have been thought to protect stressed individuals against depression (Belle ,1982; Brown, Bhrolchain, & Harris 1975; Pearlin & Johnson, 1977). • Social networks can provide us with social support resources such as assistance in problem solving and reassurance of worth, and can support many positive social identities that are critical to self-concept and self-esteem (Hirsch, 1981).
  7. 7. Research: Support After a Loss • Following a significant death or loss, taking care of oneself, acknowledging the feelings, seeking support and surrounding oneself with positive people will help (Russell, n.d.). • There is increasing evidence that spending money on programs for people in need or at risk can yield long-term returns for individuals, society, and the economy (MacArthur Foundation, 2009). • Resilience entails responding to trauma with active, task- oriented, purposeful action in concert with others, while consciously preserving one’s calm, one’s judgment, one’s connection with others, a sense of meaning, and a high degree of responsibility for others and for self (Kopp, 1997).
  8. 8. Research: Adolescent Needs • Adolescent needs: feeling valued as a person, forming close and lasting human relationships, establishing a place in a productive group, being useful to others, making use of support systems, making informed choices, and believing in a future with real opportunities (Carnegie Corporation of New York, 1995). • As a society, our role is to find the factors that protect youth from adversity and that can promote their positive development…to translate this knowledge into programs that engage much of the breadth and resources of the system of influences affecting a youth’s life, and to design activities that will effectively enable him or her to move forward in a healthy manner (Lerner & Galambos, 1998).
  9. 9. Research: Adolescent Programs • Protective factors decrease the likelihood of an adolescent’s engaging in problem behaviors by providing for the youth personal and social controls against the occurrence of problem behaviors. As the presence of protective factors increases, there are decreases in adolescents’ involvement not only in alcohol and drug abuse but in delinquency and sexual precocity (Jessor, 1995). • Well-designed programs promote positive developments in knowledge, abilities and skills, self-esteem, social relationships, and the opportunity to contribute productively to self, family, community and society (Dryfoos, 1994).
  10. 10. What about grief & loss? Organizations can assess the needs of the populations you serve. You can develop social programming by any of the following categories: • Age/Developmental Level  little ones, elementary, preteens, teens, adults • Types of Death  illness (cancer, diabetes, ALS, COPD), suicide, homicide, accident, etc. • Relationship to Deceased  parent, child, sibling, grandparent, spouse/partner, friend, etc. • Special Events  annual birthday party or memorial ceremony, summer picnics, sporting events, guest speakers, horseback riding, adventure/challenge course)
  11. 11. What are the benefits? • Why would you implement this kind of program? • What have you already seen or do you anticipate to see based on your population? • What can you identify as benefits of offering social programming?
  12. 12. Ted E. Bear Hollow Model Teen Night Purpose • To provide a safe social environment for grieving teens to get together to meet new friends and engage in a variety of fun activities Meeting Dates and Times • 2nd Wednesday of each month from 6:30 – 8:00 pm Registration & Attendance Policies • All teens must have attended at least one of the following TEBH programs: one evening weekly/biweekly support group series, at least three monthly support groups, or Camp Hope
  13. 13. Teen Night Schedule 2010 Jan – Pet Therapy July – “Survivor” Games Feb – Creative Comfort Aug – Art Journaling Cooking Sept – Video Production Mar – Drumming Oct – Dia de los Muertos Apr – Dreaming Pots Nov – “So You Think You Can May – Movie Night & Pizza Dance” hip hop lessons Party Dec – White Elephant Holiday June – wii Night Party
  14. 14. Program Development • How TEBH developed its social programming: (Day Camps Support Groups Camp Hope Teen Night) • Considering the evolution of your agency: o How might you develop your program or build off what you already have in place? o Will this be a continuation, a restructuring or a new program?
  15. 15. Where do you begin? • What group(s) would you target first? • What types of activities would be a good fit at your organization in the next year? • What might be a better fit 2-5 years down the road, or would require more time and planning?
  16. 16. What works for you? • How could you incorporate experiential learning and expressive healing activities into your social programs? • What kinds of activities could you arrange that would expose your group to a new or different experience? • How could you tap into resources in your community? Are there people who may be willing to donate their services or offer you a reduced fee?
  17. 17. What’s in the blueprints? • Who’s support or buy-in do you need?  Administrator, Board of Directors, Community Partners • Who’s going to be in charge of program planning?  Agency staff? Volunteer? Individual or collaborative effort? • How do you secure funding?  Grants, Donations, Events, Corporate Sponsorships  Who is responsible for soliciting and/or securing program funding?
  18. 18. Building safe, effective programs • How do you develop safety guidelines, policies & procedures?  Can you piggy-back off current policies or do you need to write entirely new ones? What areas should be considered?  How do you communicate these with participants and/or guardians? • How do you recruit and screen participants?  What are your guidelines for participation? Who will be eligible to participate in your program?  How do screen for appropriate members? Who addresses problem behavior or concerns? • How do you measure outcomes or evaluate the program?
  19. 19. Don’t forget the details . . . • Why offer this program? • For Whom? For How Many? • What is going to happen? • Led by Whom? • What supplies do you • Supervised by Whom? need? • How much does it • Where will it be held? cost? • When will it occur? (Participants? Agency?) • How do people register?
  20. 20. Let’s hear from you! Brief Synopsis: • For whom? • How often? • What are 5 social programming activity ideas?
  21. 21. TEBH Forms • Consent to Participate • Information Form • Safety Guidelines, Policies & Procedures • Evaluation • Calendar
  22. 22. Questions?
  23. 23. References Balk, D.E. (2000). Adolescents, grief, and loss. In K.Doka (Ed.), Living with grief, 35-39. New York: Brunner/Mazel. Brown, G.W., Bhrolchain, M.N., and Harris, T. (1977). A study of depression in women. Sociology, 11(3), 527-532. Humphreys, K. (1997). Individual and social benefits of mutual aid self-help groups. Social Policy, 27, 12-19. Kandt, V.E. (1994). Adolescent bereavement: Turning a fragile time into acceptance peace. The School Counselor, 41, 203-211. Kopp, R.R. (1997). Healing community: An Adlerian approach. Individual Psychology, 53(1), 23-32. Lerner, R.M., & Galambos, N.L. (1998). Adolescent development: Challenges and opportunities for research, programs and policies. Annual Review of Psychology, 49, 413-446. Mills, J.C. Dreaming pots: A natural healing approach for helping children with fears and trauma. Expressive Art Techniques, 152-158. Ringler, L. & Hayden, D. (2000). Adolescent bereavement and social support: Peer loss compared to other losses. Journal of Adolescent Research, 15(2), 209-230. Russel, M. (n.d.) Loss and grieving: A healing process. Retrieved from http://www.articlesphere.com/Article/Loss-and-Grieving--A- Healing-Process/26627 Strengthening policy through research: Measuring social benefits. (2009). MacArthur Foundation.