At the center of the Universe is a loving heart that continues to beat and that wants the best for every person. Anything that we can do to help foster the intellect and spirit and emotional growth of our fellow human beings, that is our job. Those of us who have this particular vision must continue against all odds. Life is for service.
~ Fred Rogers
When putting your trust in an agency to provide quality services, it is important to know what standards and philosophies guide that organization.
Openness, acceptance and caring is evident in each of PLEA’s programs, while meeting the families and individuals at whatever place they are on their journey. It is the job of each individual at PLEA to provide the interventions, support and caring based on the needs and wants of the individual, child or family.
Underlying the treatment and support is the concept of developing flexibility or agility. There is an effort across all program areas to find ways to increase flexibility and enjoyment of life for all those we serve, whether it is in living life, being a learner or building skills in advocating for themselves or those around them. With this ultimate goal, it is the purpose of all PLEA staff to help find ways for each individual and family to develop the agility to move through their life.
To stay focused on value driven work for the staff and individuals, PLEA has put much efforts into the development of psychological flexibility. The use of Acceptance Commitment training (ACT) helps staff to remain present and focus on the ways to enhance their teaching or work in support. In each program, the team looks to develop ways to help the individuals and families move toward identified values, no matter what the obstacles.
There are very specific threads that weave among all the programs. The very fiber of the agency is based on what we call staying close. (Latham principles) At the School-Based Partial Hospital (SBPH), In-home Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Program (BHRS) and Summer Camp staying close means being present and involved with the child at all times. It means being accessible to families to discuss progress issues or give support. It means collaborating with all those involved in the treatment of the child. In COMPEER, Lifefriends and PAL it means total involvement in activities of the staff and volunteers, as well as development of plans with the individuals in the program.
The principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) are the basis for both therapeutic intervention and teaching techniques in the SBPH and BHRS programs. Staff have benefitted from training at Princeton Child Development Center in New Jersey and the Morningside Academy in Seattle. Ongoing supervision and training is provided in ABA from within the agency expertise and outside consultants. The precision teaching model is specifically used to develop learning and skill acquisition for the children.
PLEA staff and board are keenly aware that intervention programs alone do not meet the needs for families and individuals. COMPEER, Lifefriends, PAL Respite and Summer Camp are all support programs that are crucial in enhancing the success of intervention programs. PLEA’s support programs are based on a recovery/resiliency framework. These programs give respite, friendship, opportunities and caring relationships to build strength and confidence to move through life.
All of the PLEA Programs were developed with thoughtful planning to provide help and hope for individuals and families facing difficulties in their lives. Our logo of a heart symbolizing help and a butterfly symbolizing hope visually encompasses the passion of the people working at PLEA to work together to provide help and instill hope for a productive and fulfilled life.
No matter how difficult the journey, it’s good to remember there are butterfly moments waiting at the end.