Benefits of Collaborative Partnerships
We know how important it is to work with experts from other fields and industries to confront complex issues within our youth social services organization. Children gain access to more resources and receive a wider range of support when we collaborate with other programs. Additionally, they are better able to overcome obstacles to completing a task when we share responsibility and pool our knowledge. Children's safety is improved overall when teams share responsibility for identifying issues and providing treatment. At QYS our agency brings together programs, partnerships, and state resources.
Healthy relationships are the key to their success. We guide our volunteers, mentors, and foster parents on strategies when working with high-risk kids:
Appreciate young people and believe they are worthy of the effort. Commit to being imaginative and adaptable in order to ensure that their voices are heard.
Be accessible. When high-risk youth are ready to work on improving their situation, you need to be physically and emotionally available to them.
Go above and beyond. Being thoughtful and caring changes the way they feel about their place in the world in a positive way.
Be sincere and self-aware. Most of the time, these young people can easily tell when someone is sincere, honest, and trustworthy because of their life experiences.
Be consistent in what you do and how you do it. High-risk adolescents have known people who gave up on them before, so they won't expect a different relationship with you unless you show them one.
Prepare to be tested. Teens at high risk have a right to be skeptical and suspicious because of their past experiences. You need to be careful not to validate their beliefs and to reinforce the message that adults cannot be trusted.
Find out what drives young people to change. Sometimes the fear of change can disguise itself in what looks like a lack of motivation. This can be made worse by labels that teach us to feel helpless. You need to make sure they feel safe.
Show patience. This will take time because high-risk children may not know how to build healthy relationships. A lot of young people think they will fail and don't deserve help.
Let trust grow organically. Getting them to the point where they know you won't harm them can be significant and allow for progress because some may not develop the ability to trust on their own.
Foster optimism. You should give these youngsters the freedom to define success as the experts of their own lives and celebrate even the smallest successes.
Interact with intent. It is important to conduct every conversation and action with purpose, consideration, and respect.
Programs and Partnerships
Our Programs and Partnership Collaborations within our Youth Social Service Organization include:
DBT: We offer a comprehensive DBT program for individuals and families. DBT arms clients with important practical skills to practice mindfulness, regulate emotion, tolerate distress, and improve relationships. DBT is considered the gold standard treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD) and chronic suicidality, but it has also been shown to be effective in treating various other mental health stressors.
State Services: We work closely with the Utah Department of Human Services' Child and Family Services (DCFS) and the Utah Department of Juvenile Justice (JJS). We work hard to improve the lives of the children and the families that we work with.
TAL: The QYS Transition to Adult Living (TAL) program is designed with your young adult in mind. The programming is designed for male and female adolescents ages 17-21 who are transitioning out of a residential care setting. The ones who work best in the program have the desire to move out on their own or have the desire to continue their educational success.
ETC: As a basic guideline, ETC-1 they will receive weekly individual/family psychoeducational sessions based on healthy lifestyles over the course of six to eight weeks. ETC is a program that is designed to help your child learn how to engage in healthy thoughts and behaviors while reducing unhealthy thoughts and behaviors, teach you how to help them stay focused and when to intervene, and change behaviors that lead to intervention.
Treatment Foster Parent: Treatment foster care (TFC), also known as therapeutic foster care, is out-of-home care by foster parents for children and adolescents with significant emotional, behavioral, medical, or social needs. Therapeutic foster/proctor parents provide a highly structured home environment as an alternative to residential treatment facilities.
Respite Care Provider: Respite programs provide planned short-term and time-limited breaks for families.
Respite care providers follow the same certification process as Foster/Proctor parents.
Day One: Day One is Quality Youth Services' sister organization. Through Day One, we support mental health for high-risk individuals and families. Operated out of our Harrisville Office, Day One provides support and donations to individuals, children, and families in need, without regard to race, religion, or background.
Through The Maze: Through The Maze is a digital mentoring company focused on building resilience skills for all. Created as an answer to the world's growing digital population, Through The Maze strives to connect mentors and mentees through our social platform.
To find out more details about our social service organization and the programs we work closely with, contact us today.