Focus on emotional regulation:
The Skills System
Children and Adults who have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences tend to have significant difficulties managing emotions, which impacts their abilities to effectively form and maintain relationships, display pro-social behaviors, and often results in impulsive behaviors placing them at risk of further adverse experiences. The Skills System® created by Dr. Julie Brown is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy-informed emotion regulation skills training curriculum consisting of nine core skills and three System Tools that help people be effective at all levels of emotion. The Skills System is taught in the context of group therapy (or individual if needed) and is inclusive of the primary caretaker, such as a parent or DSP. The primary caretaker is also provided with an opportunity to participate in weekly consultation with the LifeConnect Health team to receive support in being effective in helping the individuals to practice and master the skills in their daily environment.
Who can benefit?
LifeConnect Health's goal is to provide necessary, appropriate, and accessible services to those who are either underserved or in need of innovative interventions. Therefore, our focus has been to support:
- Adults and Children with I/DD who experience behavioral challenges and for whom traditional interventions have not been effective.
- Children, adolescents and transitional age youth who have experienced adverse childhood experiences.
- Children and Adults who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, specifically those who have been exposed to language deprivation or have experienced trauma driven by the absence of linguistically competent supports.
What to expect from the service
Our service is defined by the integration of evidenced-based and theoretical models, including:
- Julie Brown’s Emotion Regulation Skills System®,
- Biopsychosocial approach,
- Systems of Care model,
- Person First approach, Trauma Informed, and Positive Psychology,
- Peer Support recovery-oriented approach
- Neuropsychiatric cognitive capacity measures
Each individual served receives a comprehensive assessment to help define an individualized appropriate treatment plan. We recognize individuals referred may have diverse needs therefore we offer an array of services to create a comprehensive treatment delivery.
Services offered include:
- Emotional Regulation Skills training group
- Daily Morning Meetup group therapy
- Peer Support Services
- Psychiatric Advocacy, including pharmacology review and coordination of physical and behavioral health.
- Collaboration of care with existing caretakers and treatment teams.
- Administration of specialized testing when needed, such as evidenced-based service intensity scales and cognitive assessment.
- Although group therapy is the main treatment modality, trauma-focused team based individual therapy is provided when necessary.
Telehealth offers significant benefits in our model and has proven to be a very successful delivery model:
1- Telehealth allows us to bring practitioners from multiple states who have unique expertise in supporting our members, including psychiatrists and therapists who are Deaf and able to deliver the services in ASL.
2- Telehealth removes the transportation barriers for our members, their families, or residential providers.
3- Telehealth also promotes self-direction and accountability as the member has ownership over his/her level of participation in his/her own treatment.
4- Most importantly, as we work with individuals who experience frequent placement disruptions, it allows for the relationships that they have formed with our providers and their peers to move with them, reducing the experience of relationship loss they are so frequently affected by.
5- With the portability of the services provided goes along the treatment history and critical information which can be communicated effectively to new treatment settings, minimizing the risk of repeating unsuccessful interventions.