Behavioral Health Training to Support Children

Behavioral health training helps people working with children to better understand and support their emotional needs and behaviors. Making sure staff is trauma-informed in order to provide a safe place while a child is in the hospital.

Philanthropic support has allowed a group of Golisano Children’s Hospital and Lee Health staff to be trained by Cornell University in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI). Behavioral health training allows people to understand and de-escalate children’s aggressive behavior while providing a safe environment. This investment in care will ensure a culture of caring and allow other Lee Health employees to be trained.

“The purpose of this training is to prepare our medical staff to better support our children with their mental health needs,” said Vanessa Ruiz, Child Advocacy Program Manager at Golisano Children’s Hospital. “We want them to feel supported in the environment we create when they come to the hospital seeking care.”

The five-day training included lectures, demonstrations and a hands-on activity. Participants trained were from different backgrounds, including child advocacy, social work and outpatient and inpatient care.

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training allows adults to respond to aggressive behaviors in ways that empower children. The training is centered on the knowledge that injurious behavior in children may be the result of past trauma.

Benefits of Behavioral Health Training

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training allows adults to respond to aggressive behaviors in ways that empower children. The training is centered on the knowledge that injurious behavior in children may be the result of past trauma.

The training allows staff to:

  • Create a trauma-sensitive environment
  • Prevent, identify or de-escalate crisis situations
  • Manage children’s crisis in a therapeutic manner
  • Learn physical interventions that reduce the risk of harm to children and staff, if necessary
  • Help children improve coping strategies after a crisis
  • Promote the dignity and well-being of children

Cornell University has developed its behavioral health training over more than 40 years.

“TCI has increased the ability of staff to manage and prevent crisis, thus often reducing the use of high-risk interventions such as physical restraints,” wrote Martha J. Holden director of the program for Cornell University.

The goal of the program is to help adults create a trauma-sensitive environment where children and staff feel safe. Behavioral health training also creates a culture where children and adults can learn from experience.

“Our training is important because it ensures patients are receiving the most appropriate, up-to-date, and adequate care we can provide to them at Golisano Children’s Hospital,” said Anna Maria Cichielo, NICU Social Worker.

Learn more: Helping Children Respond to Traumatic Experiences

 

Behavioral Health Training ensures the involvement and participation of the child and family, respecting their right to autonomy.

The goal of the program is to train care workers to help children develop new responses to their environment, changing old habits, destructive responses, and maladaptive behavior.

How You Can Support Staff Training

Training like the evidence-based TCI training helps improve the environment for our staff and our patients.

Programs like the TCI training for staff would not be possible without philanthropic support. Donors who support programs like this make an investment in our community and make other training/educational opportunities possible.

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