Former employee..in my experience, the approach to "treatment" is about power. The program takes a very "military-like" approach. When staff comes in with a "IM the boss now and you'll do as I say" attitude the child is immediatelu defiant and begins a power struggle. The kids generally hate staff. If they don't even like staff (who is supposed to support and gain their trust) how can it be expected for the chilf to trust enough to share their feelings and get to the root of whatever issues they may be having? ? They also "restrain" quite a bit. Its to be expected that kids don't wanna be there so they're gonna be defiant. These kids have been exposed to trauma. They need help processing that. This facility doesn't offer that as they say they do. The focus for staff from the very start of training is making sure those kids know whose in charge now. How is that helpful??
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