Our model of treatment is supported by four “pillars”:
- Parent Implementation: RIP views each parent as his/her child’s primary therapist. Parents have been, and will be, with their children for much longer than they will be involved with us. Parents are the EXPERTs on their children. We see our role as both professional and para-professional staff, to be supporters – to teach what needs to be taught, encourage what needs to be encouraged, to empower - not enable. We strive to create an atmosphere where parents are more involved, and therefore feel more ownership of, and commitment to, the program.
This involvement helps parents build confidence and competency in their parental role and helps them be better prepared to deal with child behavior in a positive, constructive way. Guided by a small professional staff, Parent Case Managers, who graduated the program with their own children, work with enrolled families. By scheduling groups of families together, RIP creates an atmosphere of peer support we commonly refer to as “Parents Helping Parents Helping Children.” Newer families benefit from working with and observing “veteran” families further along in treatment which helps create a sense they are not alone.
- The science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): RIP uses the behavior theory principles of ABA in its intervention practices. This means using a systematic way to understand behavior and how to change those patterns of behavior over time.
- Data: Data is an objective way to measure change over time. RIP uses various pieces of data throughout the course of treatment for individual families to track their progress. Data is also used to evaluate overall program effectiveness.
- Management By Objectives (MBO) system: Because there are RIP sites across the state, we use a set of standard objectives to make sure that sites and families they serve reach consistently positive outcomes.