Pressley Ridge integrates a trauma-informed perspective into all of our services, which provides the foundation for a basic understanding of the psychological, neurological, biological, and social impact that trauma and violence has on individuals. This mindset leads our staff to ask "What happened to that child?" rather than "What's wrong with that child?". Learn more about Pressley Ridge's Trauma-Informed Care practices here.
We believe that a trauma-informed perspective needs to be supported by specific trauma-informed practices. To this end, Pressley Ridge’s clinical leadership is in the process of becoming certified in the The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) through the ChildTrauma Academy.
NMT is a developmentally sensitive, neurobiology informed approach to clinical problem solving. NMT is not a specific therapeutic technique or intervention. It is an approach that integrates core principles of neurodevelopment and traumatology to inform work with children, families and the communities in which they live.
The Neurosequential Approach has three key components – training/capacity building, assessment and then, the specific recommendations for the selection and sequencing of therapeutic, educational and enrichment activities that match the needs and strengths of the individual. The catalyst for this process is the creation of a “Brain Map”. This map is a metric of brain development that is complete by a skilled NMT clinician. This map is not a visual of the actual brain itself but, a heuristic tool that guides quality treatment. As a result, NMT will allow our programs to better serve those who have experienced trauma and adversity, as well as, support caregivers, the child protective system and the judicial system to make decisions are in the child and families best interest.
Pressley Ridge is excited to announce plans to build a new School for Autism and Deaf on our main campus in Pittsburgh, PA. This $12 million project, slated to break ground in the spring, has been designed through the help of autism and deaf experts to serve our unique population of students with enhanced learning experiences that include:
Follow our progress and get involved with PR2020: A Campaign For Successful Futures here.
Pressley Ridge's ability to deliver our critical mission is dependent upon our partners who provide us not only with monetary support but also with the items and services our kids and families need. With countless individuals, companies and groups aiding 55 programs in six states, we can’t possibly mention all of the good will being done on our behalf, but we can highlight just a few of our strongest supporters.
On Friday, January 19th, seven youth and five staff from the Pressley Ridge Home Places program had the opportunity to attend Cirque Du Soleil Crystal in a beautiful suite at PPG Paints Arena thanks to Tickets for Kids. The privacy of a suite allowed youth with sensory issues or difficulty being in crowded places to enjoy an evening out.
For many years, Tickets for Kids has generously provided opportunities that spark interest and excitement in our kids and families, sending them to events that they would otherwise not have the means to attend. In just the past year, more than 300 Pressley Ridge youth and families enjoyed over 100 different events and activities.
Pressley Ridge Social Research & Innovation Center Publishes Article on Using Feedback to Improve Working Alliances with Families of Youth in Residential Treatment
The Pressley Ridge Social Research & Innovation Center is excited to announce the publication of a new article that discusses the results of a study examining alliances between families and residential treatment family workers. Published in the Children and Youth Services Review Journal, this article demonstrates that sharing working alliance feedback with residential treatment staff can be effective in improving working alliances with families. This study adds to our knowledge about the working alliance and helped to build the foundation for our Alliance Building: Learning to Engage (ABLE) model.
The article can be downloaded for free before March 11th, 2018 using this link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0190740917303596
Dec. 31 will mark one year since a Putnam County couple’s foster child was declared drug-free for the first time in his entire life.
“It’s just been a roller coaster ride,” said Chris Crytzer, a nurse and resident of Hurricane.
“We’ve got a child who we can really make a difference in his life and I think we just cling to that.”
Crytzer and his wife, Mary, a mathematics instructor at Marshall University, will find out in the coming months if they’ll be able to adopt the boy they first met at age 10 months.
Now two years old, the boy is free of the drugs he was addicted to at birth.
“He had been in the hospital for life and never got to leave until he finally came to our house,” said Crytzer.
Listen to the news story and read the full WVMetroNews article here.
A recent WOWK-TV news story featured Pressley Ridge foster family The Crytzers and highlighted the great need for foster families to care for children affected by the opioid epidemic.
Check out the story here: http://www.wowktv.com/news/local-news/pressley-ridge-center-helps-foster-families/878787202
The Pressley Ridge Homebuilders program in Western Maryland received a Maryland General Assembly Official Citation of Recognition from MD Delegate, Aruna Miller. Delegate Miller spent time visiting with staff and learning about the program and the needs of our clients.
The Homebuilders program, located in Allegany County, MD is an intensive in-home program designed to assist children at risk of out of home placement, including families affected by parental substance use. Pictured from left to right are Amy Crowley, therapist, Delegate Aruna Miller, Mary Beth DeMartino, Program Director and Wendy McKenzie, Program Supervisor.
Laura O’Hara, Clinical Liaison at the Laurel Park program has a passion for running. Luckily for the youth at Laurel Park, she is sharing her passion for this sport with them. As a Therapist, Laura often teaches self-regulation skills to the youth on her therapy caseload and for the past three months she has incorporated a twice per week Running Group with several of the young men at Laurel Park.
Over the course of twelve weeks, Laura entered the group of five young men into several races and ran right alongside them. The races included the Ritchie Regional Health Care 5K, Cooper's Rock Stump Jump 10K and the Salem Apple Butter Festival 5K.
Laura is proud of how invested these young men were and how they continued to improve their individual race times. One young man improved his 10K time from 57:37 to 50:04, ending the season with a fourth overall finish in the Test the Watters race.
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