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National College Credit Recommendation Service
Youth and Family Training Institute
The Youth and Family Training Institute (YFTI), an NCCRS member since January 2015, was established in 2007 as a part of the University of Pittsburgh and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA. YFTI was formed to assist Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Children’s Bureau in bringing High Fidelity Wraparound (HFW) to the 67 counties within the Commonwealth. The Youth and Family Training Institute’s Advisory Board includes youth, family and system/provider representation. A director and staff of statewide coaches, trainers, and an evaluation team ensure fidelity to the HFW model.
The Youth and Family Training Institute staff train, coaches, credentials, evaluates and monitors the High Fidelity Wraparound workforce in Pennsylvania. Goals of High Fidelity Wraparound include supporting the youth and family as they work to meet the needs they have prioritized; improve their ability and confidence to manage their own services and supports; and develop or strengthen their own natural support system over time. In order to develop and evaluate HFW in Pennsylvania, the Youth and Family Training Institute utilizes the HFW Theory of Change, HFW Principles and Phases, and training and evaluation methods developed by the National Wraparound Initiative.
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4055 Monroeville Boulevard
Monroeville, PA 15146United States
Descriptions and credit recommendations for all evaluated learning experiences
Approved training venues throughout Pennsylvania
Upon completion of this training, students will be able to: identify how the High Fidelity Wraparound process can support the youth and family through discussion and activities; describe role responsibilities within the High Fidelity Wraparound team through large group and role discussions; develop a Crisis Prevention Plan that includes prevention, early intervention and intervention activities; and determine when a youth/family is ready to transition out of High Fidelity Wraparound.
This training is a skill-based, integrated learning experience that includes time to practice between days two and three, along with live and ongoing coaching. Teaching methods/strategies include: video cases; lecture; large and small group work; and behavioral rehearsals. The course assesses students’ knowledge via daily reflection questions based on learning objectives and reading assignments. The student’s answers are discussed in detail with a coach. The coach follows a grading rubric to determine if the student passes. Topics include: High Fidelity Wraparound Principles and the Theory of Change; High Fidelity Wraparound roles on team; skills of engagement; orienting the youth and family to High Fidelity Wraparound; developing a Crisis Stabilization Plan; Strength, Needs and Culture Discovery process (Discovery); engaging team members; the importance of natural supports; necessary logistics for arranging meetings; ethical issues in High Fidelity Wraparound; elements of the Discovery that meet credentialing requirements; differences between services, needs and prioritized needs; connecting needs with youth and family vision; measurement strategies and measurement goals; strategies for getting team members to meetings; skills that are addressed in team meetings; wellness, self-care and trauma; Crisis Prevention Plans; the Implementation Phase; working with the youth and family’s ongoing and emerging needs; addressing plans that don’t work; skills for identifying deeper needs; and helping youth and families transition out of the High Fidelity Wraparound process. Prerequisite: Students must be hired as a High Fidelity Wraparound workforce member by a Pennsylvania High Fidelity Wraparound provider. Other individuals can participate if approved by the Youth and Family Training Institute.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours as a social science elective (5/16).