Copyright 2017 - County of Lancaster, PA -- LCYIC, Drew Fredericks

About P.U.L.S.E.

Providing Uplifting Learning Skills to Excel The      mission      of      the      P.U.L.S.E      program      is      to      provide      short-term, research/evidence-based     treatment     heavily     reliant     on     Cognitive     Behavioral Therapy   and   Motivational   Interviewing   to   male   adjudicated   youth   in   Lancaster County.   Youth   court-ordered   to   the   program   are   identified   as   low   to   moderate risk    based    on    the    Youth    Level    of    Service/Case    Management    Inventory (YLS/CMI).   The   instrument   identifies   risk,   need,   and   responsivity   factors   as   well as   strengths   and   protective   factors.   The   Program   Coordinator   will   work   with Juvenile   Probation,   the   client,   and   the   family   to   incorporate   the   data   from   the YLS/CMI   into   a   holistic   plan   that   builds   upon   strengths   and   addresses   areas related    to    recidivism    thereby    enhancing    success    and    prevention    of    future delinquent/criminal behavior. P.U.L.S.E    participants    will    receive    treatment    on    a    weekend-long    basis    for    5 consecutive   weekends   that   will   foster   repairing   harm   to   victims,   restoring   the health   and   welfare   of   communities,   and   enable   juveniles   to   become   productive and   law-abiding   members   of   their   communities,   consistent   with   BARJ   Principles already    in    existence.    Comprehensive    Case    Plans    will    link    assessments    with services    aimed    to    improve    competencies    and    reduce    the    risk    to    re-offend. Participants   will   be   allotted   time   for   school   work   and   community   service   projects. The   schedule   will   be   highly   structured,   while   allowing   flexibility   to   meet   each participant’s needs. The   parents/guardians   of   the   P.U.L.S.E   participants   are   encouraged   to   participate in   the   program   to   ensure   a   continuity   of   care.   The   parent/guardian   and   the participant    will    attend    a    Family    Intake    Meeting    in    order    to    establish    a    clear understanding    of    the    dynamics    surrounding    the    participant’s    behaviors.    In addition,   the   parent   will   briefly   speak   to   the   Program   Coordinator   every   Friday and   Sunday   to   discuss   progress   and   concerns.   The   family   will   participate   in   a family   program   during   one   of   the   weekends.   This   will   give   the   parents/guardians and   the   child   an   opportunity   to   examine   the   child’s   behavior   and   have   an   open conversation   about   the   changes   that   need   to   occur   in   order   to   promote   healthy growth.   Finally,   the   parents/guardians   will   attend   a   Graduation   Ceremony   at   on the   last   Sunday   to   acknowledge   the   participant’s   accomplishments   throughout   the program. Many   youth   involved   in   the   juvenile   justice   system   are   lacking   in   pro-social   skills. P.U.L.S.E   participants   will   complete   the   Forward   Thinking   Curriculum   from   The Change   Companies .   They   will   focus   on   What   Got   Me   Here?,   Handling   Difficult Feelings,   Relationships   and   Communication,   Responsible   Behavior,   and   Victim Awareness.   In   addition,   they   will   create   an   Individual   Change   Plan   that   will   guide them throughout the five weeks.  
Youth Intervention Center
Week 1 “What Got Me Here?” module and parts of the “Individual Change Plan” module Week 2 “Handling Difficult Feelings” module and parts of the “Individual Change Plan” module Week 3 “Responsible Behavior” module and parts of the “Individual Change Plan” module Week 4 “Relationships and Communication” module and parts of the “Individual Change Plan” module Week 5 “Victim Awareness” module and parts of the “Individual Change Plan” module
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