Across research and findings, we have learned that poverty, and lack of safe and consistent humanly habitable shelter, incurs extensive and multifaceted implications on the human being and body. Benny Rahmah Foundation explored the social, psychological, behavioral and neurological impacts of homelessness to learn what barriers exist in regard to treatment and successful rehabilitation of chronic homelessness, and to derive methods which contribute in resolving those barriers. The specialized BRF Transformation Model offered at the [ Mariam Transformation Centers] draws in the excellency of methods from: Expressive Arts Therapy, Attachment Based Family Therapy (ABFT), BRF’s Crisis and Safety Resolution Protocol, and industry recommended evidence-based Behavior Therapies. The BRF Transformation Model also includes the employing and implementation of state-of-the-art software Behavior Agent, created by BRF consultant Dr. Lisa Keliher, Psy.Dr, Clinical Psychologist and Behavior Analyst. This exciting, cutting-edge software is specifically designed to aggregate real-time outcomes of the BRF Transformation Model interventions which could further support resource development for the unhoused population. We are currently working on building partnerships with entities across industries that support the social, psychological, behavioral, and neurological implications resulting from being unhoused, with the hope of providing the most optimal and customized care plan for all those served by Mariam Transformation Centers.
BRF is working to design a state-of-the-art therapy clinic that will foster an environment of reaching milestones, small and big. BRF recognizes the weight of the worries one carries, while living unhoused. The BRF Expressive Arts Therapy Clinic houses thousands of expressive arts therapy materials, artifacts, and essential items, used in cultivating a space of diverse representation and expression, with the goal of optimal processing and integration. It is also just plain fun, and delightfully pleasant, to with all of the human senses, to explore the uniquely designed expressive arts therapy spaces. The Expressive Arts Therapy Clinic works to disintegrate and dissipate the weights and worries that have resulted from having been unhoused, while also delivering therapeutic goals.
Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) is a standardized, empirically supported model that requires BRF’s already highly trained therapists to also obtain specialized ABFT training and certification from Drexel University Center for Family Intervention Science. This model is specifically designed to address individual and family processes associated with adolescent suicide and depression. ABFT emerges from interpersonal theories that suggest adolescent and young adult internalizing disorders (e.g., depression, suicide, trauma, anxiety) can be precipitated, exacerbated or buffered against by the quality of interpersonal relationships in families. It has also been used where family conflict is a contributor to the present problem. It is a trust-based, emotion-focused psychotherapy model that aims to repair interpersonal ruptures and rebuild an emotionally protective, secure-based parent–child relationship. Please visit https://drexel.edu/familyintervention/attachment-based-family-therapy/overview/ for more information on this therapeutic model.
The BRF Crisis and Safety Resolution Protocol is BRF’s manualized protocol for safely and effectively handling child, adolescent, and adult psychiatric and behavioral crisis. All BRF staff, including non-clinical staff, are trained and prepared to implement the BRF Crisis and Safety Resolution Protocol should the risk of a psychiatric or behavioral crisis emerge.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” is an empirical treatment model that, as part of many of the methods it entails, focuses on tracking and intervening somewhere within the sequence of behavior events. The ABC of CBT is “Antecedent,” “Behavior,” and “Consequence.” The clinician implements Cognitive Behavioral Therapy manualized training. tracking the sequence of behaviors, and patterns of behavior over time, BRF’s clinical care team can assist client’s alternative methods to problem behavior. The BRF partnering software Behavior Agent is used to aggregate real-time outcomes of interventions, which further supports Mariam Transformation Centers clients with the goals and outcomes they would like to achieve.
DBT therapy was developed by Marsha Linehan, for teenage and adolescent clients, and all other clients alike, who were experiencing emotional dysregulation. Born out of careful observations from her own practice, she developed a manualized treatment focused on 4 areas of skill building modules. Those are: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance and emotion regulation. By working with clients to effectively bridge any deficits within those categories, the client can adopt newly generated principles around maintaining safety, and learning coping skills to assist them in their day-to-day actions. When DBT is implemented by manual, and also is facilitated by a clinician skilled in recognizing signs of abuse and trauma, many mental health crises can be prevented by helping the client to adopt and integrate the new learned coping skills in a safe, contained BRF treatment space
Motivational Interviewing is a manualized treatment that works to help clients and clinicians gain a perspective on how motivated they are to make efforts and changes in their current circumstances, to make gains in the goals they want to achieve. Motivational Interviewing helps to recognize, explore, and resolve ambivalence to behavior change. This is therapeutic model used in conjunction to the medical treatment provided to [ Mariam Transformation Centers] in house drug and alcohol detox and rehabilitation program.