Pressley Ridge International
Pressley Ridge International works with non-governmental organizations, government agencies, and the international charitable community to make Pressley Ridge services available outside the United States. Over the years, Pressley Ridge has trained over 100 treatment specialists from more than 23 countries.
Thanks to Pressley Ridge International, our organization’s mission is being fulfilled around the globe. Programs in Portugal and Hungary are growing and successful. In addition, Pressley Ridge continues to develop an international reputation as a model of excellence in children’s services as evidenced by invitations to prestigious conferences worldwide.
Pressley Ridge PORTUGAL, highlights of 2010
Our community-based programs served nearly 600 children and their families.
- Pressley Ridge Portugal has gained a new NGO (non-governmental organization) status with the recognition of public utility IPSS (Private Institutions of Social Solidarity). This will allow Pressley Ridge Portugal to contract with the government (Social Security) to provide services.
- The first Pressley Ridge House in Europe is under construction! The City Hall of Amadora has provided space to build our office from which to deliver services. Construction started in July and will be finished by the end of the year.
- Katia Almeida participated in the EfEct (European Federation of Conflict Management and treatment in Education and Care) conference. At the conference Katia presented a program on bullying.
- The family preservation and parenting program, funded by the Gulbenkian Foundation, has successfully discharged 10 of 15 families over the last two and a half years. On average, interventions lasted eight months.
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Pressley Ridge HUNGARY, highlights of 2010
2010 was a year of growth and expansion of our services throughout Hungary.
- Financial support from the Budapest City Council and the Raiffeisen Bank allowed Pressley Ridge Hungary to start direct services in three new agencies. Staff ran experiential education classes for five different groups in a children’s home, a juvenile justice facility for girls, and a day school for troubled children.
- Programs based on the Pressley Ridge model are now utilized in seven Hungarian educational agencies.
- Two staff members earned trainer certification in Response Ability Pathways, a treatment approach used with children and families who have experienced trauma.
- Four educators from Donetsk, Ukraine visited our programs in Hungary and received training on the behavior management system. They are exploring ways to implement the program in their schools.
- Staff from Hungary and Portugal attended a “Project Venture” replication training in Budapest with the goal of developing this model into an intervention program with the region’s Roma children.
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