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This is by far the final project I am most proud of. This is an example of one of the kinds of programs I hope to introduce to an organization in the future. It was also a final for one of my human service classes

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  1. 1. Child Abuse Rehabilitation CenterAxia at University of PhoenixJocelyn Besse9/11/2009<br /> Child abuse and neglect are still among America’s leading social problems. In 2007, nearly 794,000 children were reported victims of child abuse and neglect (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2007). As a nation and community, we need to raise awareness and provide families with that intervention to break the cycle of abuse and allow our children to grow and thrive in loving environments.<br /> Adults who were abused as children are more likely to abuse their own children (Narang and Contreras, 2005). Though the adult may not have suffered any long-term effects of their abuse, it is not certain that their children will not develop complications resulting from abuse. Children who are abused often develop emotional, physical, mental, behavioral, and neurological complications. Children who are exposed to prolonged abusive situations are likely to develop anxiety, depression, suicidal tendencies, impulsivity, hyperactivity, hyper arousal, interpersonal problems, intrusive thoughts, and disassociation (Lawson, 2009). Extremely abusive situations may also lead to disorders such as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PSD) and have also been associated as the one cause of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Without timely intervention, these effects could last well into their adult years. Though the list of effects of child abuse is extensive, there are children who do not seem to suffer lasting complications from abuse. It has thus far been undetermined exactly why some children are better able to cope with the effects of abuse, though research has found leading factors that may increase a child’s resilience to abuse. Children who have access to emotionally supportive adults, cognitive and self-regulation skills, positive self-concept, and peer support (Lawson, 2009). The coping skills that a child learns to implement in the face of abuse often plays a role in their ability to be rehabilitated from the effects of abuse as well. Children who cope with abuse using humor, optimism, intelligence, suppression, and altruism are often less traumatized than children who use disassociation, projection, passive aggression, and hypochrondriasis to cope (Lawson, 2009). <br /> Here at the Child Abuse Rehabilitation Center (CARC) we are dedicated to the rehabilitation of parents who have continued the cycle of abuse with their children. Our Mission at CARC is: “To reunite children into safe, emotionally stable homes where they will be able to grow into healthy, loving adults and break the cycle of abuse.” CARC believes that every parent has the ability to be rehabilitated and overcome the damage of abuse done to them as children. Every parent has the right to a second chance to raise their children in a safe and loving environment. Often times, abuse continues simply because the parent was raised in an abusive home and does not realize that there is damage being inflicted. With our program, parents will be educated in appropriate ways to display high impact emotions such as anger. CARC’s program theory is as follows:<br /><ul><li>Program Theory-Rehabilitation for abusive or neglectful parents.
  2. 2. Parent takes out feelings of anguish or stress on child in the form of abuse or neglect.
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  4. 4. Parent blames child for situations beyond either parent or child’s control.
  5. 5. Program Design
  6. 6. Counsel the parent on appropriate targets and displays of anger
  7. 7. Instill that though the parents feels helpless, the child feels helpless even more.
  8. 8. Teaching the parent calming strategies such as breathing and taking time out.
  9. 9. Counselors practice breathing and coping exercises with parent.
  10. 10. Parent re-enacting stressful situation with child putting exercises in place of abusive actions.
  11. 11. Program Specifications
  12. 12. Content to be taught and learned by parent to redirect and deal with stressful situations in a safe and healthy way for both parent and child.
  13. 13. Accepting that not everything will go smoothly; expect stress
  14. 14. That it is normal to feel anger, but recognize the need to express it adequately.
  15. 15. Realize and cope with the effects abuse and neglect have on a child
  16. 16. Learn and Take steps to rebuild a healthy, loving, and trusting relationship with child.
  17. 17. Recognizing triggers for abusive actions and steps to defuse the situation.
  18. 18. The ability to ask for help when they feel they need it.
  19. 19. Recognize that physical displays of anger to the child are harmful, mentally, physically, and emotionally.
  20. 20. Educational process must include:
  21. 21. Video demonstrations of both healthy and unhealthy displays of anger, as well as the after effects of both.
  22. 22. Group counseling with other abusive parents that offer help and support
  23. 23. Parents to role play healthy ways to display anger with counselor and child
  24. 24. One on one counseling with parent and counselor, child and counselor, and parent and child together.</li></ul>Using these programs, the CARC hopes to pass our values from our clients into the community. As each client is reunited with their families into loving, healthy environments, our values will be displayed through the families’ rehabilitation. Our values are as follows:<br /><ul><li>Every child deserves to be loved.</li></ul>In an abusive relationship with a parent, a child that yearns for the parent’s love and approval often blames themselves. It is our organizations goal to eradicate the child of these feelings and rehabilitate the parent to give the child the love and attention every child deserves.<br /><ul><li>Every child needs safety and security.</li></ul>When a parent is violent towards a child, their security in being protected from the world vanishes. This can lead children to develop emotional and physical, as well as mental disorders as they try to find ways of coping with their fear of those who are supposed to protect them. This organization desires to rehabilitate the parent in order to provide their child with the safety and security that will allow the child to grow into a confident and healthy adult.<br /><ul><li>Every parent has the ability to be redeemed.
  25. 25. It is the hope of this organization to instill the parent with the confidence and desire to change. Each parent will be provided with the tools to better cope with their issues in the hopes of the organization that with these tools and our support each parent finds that they deserve a second chance to raise their children in loving homes.
  26. 26. Anyone can overcome their past.
  27. 27. While adults who suffered abuse as children are more susceptible to abusing their own children, they have the ability to choose not to (Narang and Contreras, 2005). With support, hard work, and therapy, a parent can break the cycle of abuse. Simply because an adult suffered abuse as a child does not automatically condemn them to abusing their children.
  28. 28. Within our organization we hope to offer a supportive and communicative culture through stewardship. Our organization’s leaders not only protect and support the clients and employees, but lead by example. Each of our leaders maintains open lines of communication with employees and clients. We take an active interest in all aspects of a client’s treatment and are dedicated to resolving any barriers employees or clientele may encounter. As stewards of our organization, our leaders shall act as role models of ethical delivery and upholding our mission and values. No leader shall ever dismiss a client as beyond help, nor place fault at any regression. Our leaders will promote an optimistic atmosphere towards clients and employees. Leaving open lines of communication for all concerns, both large and small, will ensure the integrity and values of our organization. Likewise, all leaders shall work diligently to resolve any conflicts among staff or clients to the satisfaction of all without promoting ill feelings between the quarrelling parties.</li></ul> In this organization the very safety and life of the client may depend on one of my employee’s commitment to the moral responsibility of obeying the laws. As a leader in this organization, I would have to ensure the lawful and ethical behavior of my staff in order to help those who need our services. I would have a moral responsibility to ensure that all of my employees will obey the law regardless of their personal opinions and drive to help the children. Under transformational leadership, and a hands on approach in teaching my employees the kind of ethical behavior I wish them to provide, I will be better able to maintain the lawful and ethical behavior of my employees. In upholding the organizations code of ethics myself, the example I set for my employees to uphold the same code of ethics will be better received and more efficiently executed. Our organizations Code of Ethics is as follows:<br /><ul><li>All employees shall meticulously and consciously uphold every client’s right to privacy. No employee shall discuss details of any case with other employees, clients, or outside sources. Should an employee feel they need assistance with a case they shall either ask permission of the client to divulge personal information, or contact one of the organization’s leaders.
  29. 29. All employees will regard each client and case equally. Each case and client deserves the same care and consideration from our employees. No case is more or less important. Nor shall any employee treat the clients with disrespect on the merits of the case they are working. Despite the issues that have brought the client to our organization, each person shall be treated as a worthwhile person in need of assistance.
  30. 30. No client shall be refused service based on race, gender, religion, ethnicity, age, or need. Our organization is dedicated to helping every individual cope with the tribulations of an abusive or possibly abusive environment. No client shall be passed over simply because the abuse has not yet taken place. Any individual feeling that they may become abusive towards their children will receive as intense rehabilitation as any other client.
  31. 31. No client shall be refused service based on prior enrollment in program. All clients are to receive treatment whether this is their first time entering the program, or they have already completed the program and relapsed.
  32. 32. No employee shall be made to suffer abuse from the client. While our organization is dedicated to help break the cycle of abuse, our employees shall not be forced to suffer mental, physical, emotional, or verbal abuse from any client. Clients are entering our program to learn how to deal with high-impact emotions, however, no employee should be made to suffer at the hands of a client while they are in the process of learning strategies of managing their emotions.
  33. 33. No employee shall be held accountable for client’s failure to be rehabilitated after every effort has been made. Our organization is dedicated to changing the families’ lives. Should a client prove to need more intensity than our organization can provide, the employee handling their case shall not be penalized, nor held responsible provided every possible effort was made.
  34. 34. No employee shall advance a client prematurely. Each client is entering our program to change themselves and grow into better people. It would be ineffective and cause more harm should an employee advance a client beyond their improvement. Our goal is not to see how many families we can graduate from our program, but how well we can rehabilitate them. Our organization promotes quality over quantity.
  35. 35. No employee shall have romantic, inappropriate, or less than professional relationships with other employees or clients. All relationships shall remain strictly professional. Clients who enter our programs are already vulnerable and needing support. It would be unethical for any employee to form a relationship during this stressful time. Likewise employees shall refrain from entering into relationships among themselves. Our clients must be first in our thoughts and motivations.
  36. 36. Every leader within this organization shall take each complaint or idea under serious consideration. No employee shall be made to feel inferior or unappreciated within our organization. No complaint is too small for the organization to resolve. Our organization is dedicated to helping clients resolve their issues, and provide employees with a supportive environment.
  37. 37. No employee or client shall use organization, property, or funds for personal gain. No employee or client shall use organization for illicit or non work related functions. No funds shall be used or entrusted to any other than the respected employee for any purpose. No property or equipment shall be taken off organization grounds by any client or employee under any circumstances other than work related issues previously discussed with leaders.
  38. 38. No employee shall work any field other than that which they hold the proper qualifications for. No employee shall substitute, be asked to, or volunteer to provide services they are not properly and legally qualified to offer. No employee shall provide diagnosis or treatment unless qualified. No employee shall diverge from treatment recommended by clients care provider, unless previously agreed to by leaders and case manager.</li></ul> Following our code of ethics will ensure that each employee not only maintain legal compliance, but also ensure that each client and employee are treated with the respect and courtesy every person deserves. In supporting our code of ethics, each employee will find that they are reinforcing our values and mission to help every client to the best of the organization’s ability, and ensure that each client receives the treatment and support that they need. In maintaining our organization’s code of ethics, each client shall receive the proper care and treatment needed to assure them of success. With each client rehabilitated and reunited with their families our progress can be monitored for the whole community to witness. Our progress will be defined by the rate of success our programs encounter and contribute too. Should any ethical oversight be found, our code of ethics will be amended to allow a set standard of action and clearly defined protocol to incorporate the situation. Our code of ethics is by no means unable to be improved on, and as the need arises, leaders of the organization shall confer and amend the code to set standards in all instances.<br /> The CARC is open and willing to help any person who needs support and guidance to become a better parent and raise their children in a loving, nurturing, and safe environment. As we rehabilitate clients one by one, the whole community will be able to recognize the importance and dedication that drives this organization. As each child is reunited to a safe and loving environment, the community will be able to flourish and take satisfaction in the fact that the next generation of the community will be able to grow into healthy, confident adults that will realize the CARC mission and break the cycle of abuse.<br />References<br />Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2007). National and State Statistics. Retrieved on <br /> September 5, 2009 from<br />Lawson, D M (Spring 2009). Understanding and treating children who experience interpersonal <br /> maltreatment: empirical findings.(Practice & Theory)(Clinical report). Journal of Counseling<br /> and Development, 87, 2. p.204(12). Retrieved September 5, 2009, from General <br /> OneFile via Gale:<br />Narang, D. S., & Contreras, J M (June 2005). The relationships of dissociation and affective <br /> Family environment with the intergenerational cycle of child abuse. Child Abuse and <br /> Neglect, 29, 6. p.683(17). Retrieved September 5, 2009, from General OneFile via Gale:<br />