Southern Illinois University

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Mission

In all cases, the overarching mission of the Project reflects the cultural preference for preserving the family, whenever possible, even in cases of child maltreatment. Thus, Project 12-Ways' mission is to reduce the occurrence of child maltreatment and maintain the viability of the families we serve.

Strategies & Tactics

Services on Project 12-Ways are driven by "protocols", standardized methods for measuring and treating the problems that have compromised the children's welfare. We now have protocols to measure and address a vast number of problems including, but not limited to:

  • Environmental Neglect
  • Difficulties in Providing Adequate Supervision
  • Vulnerability to Domestic Violence
  • Self-Protection Against Sexual & other forms of Exploitation
  • Physical Maltreatment
  • Problems Associated with Atypical Development (e.g., encopresis, developmental disabilities)

Results

Every family served by the Project is a case study in evidence driven practice. A baseline is established on every aspect of the family's functioning that has led to its involvement in the child welfare system.

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Discussion

In 1992, we began a shift from a model of parent training that focused on:

  • a limited set of parenting skills
  • within the confines of a dyad (typically a mother and one of her children)
  • during a brief period (approximately 30 minutes) to CVFT™.

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Lagniappe

  • Products & Services
  • Dr. Brandon F. Greene on:
    • Project Beginnings
    • Puns & Protocols
    • Organizing sessions with families: The origin of "SAPI"
    • Contextual Validity & CVFT
    • Behavior Analysis & Child Welfare

Backround

Since its inception in 1979 Project 12-Ways has operated under the auspices of the Behavior Analysis & Therapy Program which is part of the Rehabilitation Institute at Southern Illinois University. Most families served by Project 12-Ways are involved with the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services because of a history or serious risk of child maltreatment. In other cases, families are seeking our help assistance to manage their children's challenging behavior or other family difficulties.