Structured Intervention Treatment Foster Care®
Also known as SITFC® and the SI Model®
Training and implementation of the revised Structured Intervention Treatment Foster Care® model continues throughout the year. The National Service Model Trainer & Consultant (NSMTC) is conducting readiness assessments in each state. The NSMTC then works closely with the State Director to define a service model implementation plan. By the end of 2020, all states will be trained and in the process of implementing the components of the model.
The model was enhanced this year with the addition of Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). TBRI is an attachment-based, trauma-informed caregiver model specifically designed for children from hard places. Due to the investment of TBF in which the National Director of PQA became a TBRI Practitioner, we are able to hold internal training for all staff. This intense training involved three days of virtual training, followed by an in-person, one-day workshop conducted in each office to complete the TBRI Caregiver Training requirements.
Structured Intervention Treatment Foster Care® includes the following core components:
Service Model Preparation (Pre-Service Training) – All foster parents will participate in the The Bair Foundation’s pre-service training curriculum which includes the following trainings, along with any state specific training requirements: Orientation, Promoting Placement Stability/No Moves!, Fostering Teens & Siblings, Child & Adolescent Development, Fostering the Survivor of Sexual Abuse, Opportunities in Crisis, Trauma and Foster Parent Essentials.
Treatment Planning – The Treatment Team will gain an understanding of the needs of the child through the utilization of the Child & Youth Resilience Measure (CYRM) and conducting Case Conceptualizations. The results of these assessments will drive treatment planning and will be seen in the treatment goals and coaching sessions during home visits.
Support – When it is safe to gather in large groups, each office will hold monthly Foster Parent Support Groups (FPSG) which will include a meal/fellowship time, training and support. Until that time, offices wil conduct virtual support groups and training.
Together Facing the Challenge (TFTC) – Each state will achieve full certification in this evidence-based model. Foster Parents will participate in each of the seven sessions of TFTC training within six-months of certification. Staff will use the TFTC model to coach foster parents during home visits.
Trust-Based Relational Interventions (TBRI) – Staff will be trained on the principles of TBRI (Connecting, Empowering, and Correcting). This training will equip staff to coach our foster parents on the components of this attachment-based, trauma-informed model to ensure that we are providing the best care and environment for the children we serve.