PERFECTING SAINTS HEART TO HEART MINISTRIES via Crowdrise
December 18, 2010
BENEFITING: PERFECTING SAINTS HEART TO HEART MINISTRIES
Although, The Peace and Resilience Parenting Program is a pilot program, it is one rooted within the constructs of the evidence based practices within the Parental Nurturing Program and Forgiveness Education. Additionally, it possesses the psychological foundations rooted within parental attachment theory and the positive psychology of resilience. The program stresses the concept of resilience, healing, and peace; through objectivity and accountability participants develop effective coping tools to move forward and enhance personal self-worth as well as that of their child(ren). The two major areas of behavioral change the program hopes to enhance within our participants are the social cognitive processing and actual parental skills.
Caregivers at risk for maltreatment often hold hostile attribution biases (that is, attribute hostile intent to the behavior of children) as well as expectations that children, as opposed to parents, will provide comfort and care. Parents’ that participate in effective programs that develop social cognitive processing express increases in age appropriate expectations, empathic understanding of children, changes in role reversal attitudes.
Parents’ actual skills in terms of the day-to-day care of children as well as parent management techniques, monitoring, and discipline of children often are the result of their own experiences as children. Specifically, maltreating parents often possess a limited repertoire of parenting skills and strategies; these limited strategies are often harsh, coercive and inconsistent.
Volunteer involvement in the planning and implementation of the program:
Volunteer involvement is an essential component of the program to give participants a variety of perspectives and insight from various professionals and lay persons in the community whom work to ensure family cohesiveness as well as child welfare. The program will host a range of volunteer speakers throughout the justice system and child welfare agencies in our community. Additionally, the input of mental health professionals from local agencies will enable participants the opportunity to seek behavioral specialist input in a nonclinical setting reducing the stigma some have traditionally felt associated with mental health specialists.
The program will serve parents involved in acrimonious juvenile/domestic relations custodial proceedings, parents of children housed in juvenile detention facilities, parents involved in criminal domestic violence, child abuse, or child endangerment proceedings, and the family reintegration component for the re-entry and ex-offender program participants. The cost of each workshop is $16.50 per participant, thus the cost for the entire 20 weeks is $330.00. If we are able to raise $25,000 it will afford 75 indigent parents to complete the program and begin the process of healing and peace in their lives and those of their children!