Intervention and Training Program Materials

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THERE ARE TWO DISTINCT PROGRAMS DESCRIBED HERE:

1. INTERVENTION FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE (THE KIDS’ CLUB AND MOMS’ EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMS)

2. THE KIDS’ EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM: A GROUP PROGRAM PROMOTING WELL-BEING AND RESILIENCE IN SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN IN CLASSROOMS AND IN COMMUNITY SETTINGS

 

1. INTERVENTION FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED IN INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE

The KIDS CLUB and MOMS’ EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM training consists of 3 manuals, a 6-session training on DVD and workbooks for the children’s programs. Additional, in person training is available by arrangement.

1] The 6-session DVD includes presentations on how domestic violence affects women and children, with a focus on traumatic stress, setting up the program and program requirements, a detailed description with examples of every session of both the children’s programs and the mothers’ program, including materials needed, an outline of sessions and plenty of examples. Ethical issues in working with women and children are covered as well as how the program was evaluated and the evidence to show that the programs are effective. This DVD training can be shown to all those at each site who will be conducting or supervising the programs.

2] Training manuals. There are three training manuals that provide step-by step instruction and give examples of each session of the program including a list of materials needed, an outline of the session, session goals and example process notes of the activities and experiences of several groups. One training manual is for older children (6 and up), one is for children 4-6 years old and the third is the training manual for the Moms’ Empowerment Program. These manuals are also available in Swedish.

3] There are workbooks for the children’s programs – one for preschoolers and one for school-age children.  These are used during the program to assure that the sessions cover the appropriate material and reflect what is in the training manual. Spanish versions of the workbooks are also available, as is a version for use with groups of siblings.  The Sibs’ Club Program is separate for the Kids’ Club Program in that it was designed to assist large groups of siblings in the same family – something that was developed with rural farm families in Iowa who did not live hear enough to a center or shelter to participate in group programs.

For further information on the Kids Club, the Preschool Kids Club and the Moms’ Empowerment Programs, please contact Dr. Sandra Graham-Bermann at sandragb@umich.edu.

 

2. THE KIDS’ EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM

Sandra A. Graham-Bermann, Ph.D. 2018

The Kids’ Empowerment Program is designed to enhance the well-being of school-age children.  There is a lot of evidence from research studies that children who are better at managing their emotions and use proven strategies to reduce stress and solve problems, have healthier lives, greater academic success, and more satisfying social relationships.  The twelve session Kids’ Empowerment Program is built on best practices derived from these empirical studies and from the results of the successful Kids’ Club Program for children exposed to violence (see above).  For this new program, session topics address issues related to identifying and managing emotions, successful problem-solving, stress reduction, identifying and using personal character strengths, positive relationships, resilient coping, and building confidence in one’s skills and abilities.  These are the building blocks of well-being that can be learned and practiced through The Kids’ Empowerment Program.

Program Process:

The Kids’ Empowerment Program relies on group activities that are presented by a trained group leader who leads children through a series of topics for one hour each week.  In each session the leader first presents the topic of the week by defining and describing it with examples.  Next, the children participate in previously planned fun activities to apply the topic or the lesson.  For example, this may take the form of thinking through and responding to difficulties posed by a fictional character with children collaborating to determine what is the best and the worst solution to the problem.  Children then are encouraged to think about how the topic applies to their lives.  Throughout the program children follow a workbook that outlines session topics and activities and includes plans to incorporate the lessons into their lives in the coming week.  A certificate of completion and celebration is held on the final day of the program to highlight everyone’s accomplishments and encourage children to continue to use the lessons learned in The Kids’ Empowerment Program throughout their life.

For information about the Kids’ Empowerment Program or the workbook contact: sandragb@umich.edu.