Restorative Approach™ Training

Based on the book Trauma-Informed Care: The Restorative Approach by Patricia Wilcox, the Restorative Approach™ (RA) is a trauma-informed alternative to traditional “token economy” or “point and level” systems for congregate care settings. Based on attachment theory and the principles of restorative justice, it answers the question: “now that I understand how trauma affects people, what should I actually do on Monday?”Pat Book Cover

The Restorative Approach translates what we know about trauma, the brain, and how people heal into specific strategies for all treatment providers within the organization.

When clients display behaviors that hurt others and the community, rather than “doing time” or dropping levels, staff assign learning and restorative tasks to help clients learn skills and make amends. Therefore, after clients lose control, they learn that all is not lost — they can handle emotions differently and take effective action to mend relationships. The model also includes a focus on taking care of the staff that do this difficult work.

The Restorative Approach includes practical strategies for:

  • Understanding the adaptive role of behavior and using the understanding to create change.
  • Responding to behaviors with concrete learning and restorative tasks.
  • Interacting with clients in an attuned manner.
  • Defining the role of the clinician within the team. This includes helping the clinician develop formulations, use them to guide daily life, and lead the team to consider the function of behavior.
  • Designing unit structure and programming to promote healing relationships.
  • Teaching clients that effective action is possible and that problems within relationships can be solved.
  • Individualizing treatment and examining the role of consistency
  • Structuring and strengthening self-aware, trauma-informed teams consisting of staff who care for themselves and each other.
The Restorative Approach training can be offered in one-day or two-day formats. Organizations that have adopted Risking Connection can train the Restorative Approach internally by having their Risking Connection Associate Trainers take the Restorative Approach Train-the-Trainer.
“The Restorative Approach has given us a concrete method to respond to the behaviors of our girls. Staff now have the tools they need to provide trauma-informed care.”
Jean Alberghini
Director of Residential Services
Noank, CT
Noank Group Homes and Support Services, Inc. 
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      The Restorative Approach® (RA) is a trauma-informed alternative to traditional "point and level" systems for child congregate care settings. Based on the principles of restorative justice, it translates what we know about trauma and how children heal into specific treatment strategies.

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