Blythedale Children’s Hospital was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from the Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation. The grant will support staff training for the hospital-wide implementation of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), a model for avoiding and deescalating crisis by providing support and teaching new coping skills to children.
While combating life-altering diseases, congenital conditions, or traumatic injuries, Blythedale’s young patients are confronted with the emotional consequences of pain, separation (from home and the familiar), and uncertainty. Children can experience deep stress related to their condition, rehabilitation or past treatments, often expressed through their behavior. TCI gives staff new skills to understand these behaviors and help children cope with intense feelings.
Developed by Cornell University’s Family Life Development Center, TCI training helps staff understand that behaviors are manifested feelings, needs and wants; that a staff member’s own feelings (fear, frustration, etc.) will influence their approach in helping a child; and all interventions should provide support and education to a child. Though developed for residential childcare organizations, TCI is now widely used in educational settings.
"TCI has been implemented worldwide in hospitals, residential facilities and school dealing with emotionally disturbed children," said Josephine Kuhl, MD, Chief of Psychiatry at Blythedale. "Blythedale is the first medical hospital to utilize TCI to help staff meet the emotional needs of our medically fragile patients."
The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation is based in Baltimore, Maryland and focuses its philanthropic support on educational opportunities, health and human rights.
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