Approaches to Treatment
We believe in utilizing community resources, current technologies, and professional expertise to support our students in reaching their full potential. Our approach is cognitive-behavioral in nature and utilizes principles of applied behavior analysis within an active treatment model to serve our students and families. T.C. Harris programs are built upon Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Building off and supporting the principals of PBIS, our programs utilize Trauma-Informed Care and The Mandt System.
Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS)
Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based practice that blends behavioral science with durable system changes to emphasis socially important outcomes. PBIS always involves data-based decision making using functional behavioral assessment and ongoing monitoring of intervention impact. At T.C. Harris, PBIS focuses on supporting an individual student through changing environmental variables such as the physical setting, task demands, curriculum, instructional pace and individualized reinforcement.
Trauma Informed Care
T.C. Harris School recognizes that trauma can have broad and powerful effects on a student. These effects can range from sensory sensitivities stemming from a sensitized nervous system, to impaired internal processes, such as distrust of others, despair, a damaged sense of self or powerlessness. Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) is an organizational structure and treatment framework that emphasizes safety, trust, peer support, collaboration, empowerment, and responsiveness. Our treatment team uses evidence-based modalities such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) to help students heal from traumatic experiences.
The Mandt System
The focus of The Mandt System at T.C. Harris is on building healthy relationships between our students and their teams in order to facilitate the development of their emotional, psychological, and physical safety. The Mandt System provides our teams with de-escalation techniques that are individualized to each student’s crisis cycle and integrates knowledge about the neurobiological impact of childhood trauma with the principles of Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports.