Restorative Options for SED Children
The Restorative Options for Seriously Emotionally Disturbed (SED) Children (ROC) is a respite program funded by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Youth Empowerment Services (YES), through a collaborative effort with ProActive Behavioral Health. This program provides many valuable services to SED youth including psychoeducation, socialization, mentoring, behavioral supports, problem solving skills, prevention workshops, homework assistance, and supervision, while offering respite time for caregivers. This is an overview of the services that children may receive while attending ROC, and an explanation of the academic, behavioral interventions, and skills-building aspects of the program.
ROC is based on the principles of Restorative Practices, which embraces the philosophy that “human beings are happier, more cooperative, productive, and more likely to make positive changes in their behavior when those in positions of authority do things with them rather than to them or for them. Restorative Practices also offers a supportive network of relationships and a sense of community, along with behavioral interventions, to help with socialization skills. Youth are held accountable for their behavior and their progress, while at the same time, helped to understand the impact their behavior has on others, and their responsibilities in maintaining healthy relationships with family members and peers.
Restorative focused interventions will be used throughout the program, along with skill building and behavioral supports, which encourage accountability, build relationships, promote emotional self-regulation, improve self-esteem, foster empathy, enhance social skills, and provide tools for healthy decision making and problem solving.
Restorative practices is a social science that studies how to build social capital and achieve social discipline through participatory learning and decision making. The use of restorative practices helps to: reduce crime, violence, and bullying. Thereby improving human behavior.
A restorative circle is a technique that builds and restores relationships through equal opportunity sharing and listening. These talking circles proactively build the skills individuals need when conflicts arise because they give every individual the opportunity to speak and be heard.
Images below show some examples of circles and where they can be used.