In order to meet the unique needs of those individuals we serve, the DAP4Youth facilitators and team involves diverse staff and volunteers with various backgrounds, skills, and connections in the community. DCTS works alongside program managers, clinical supervisors and administrative roles to allow the DAP and R.I.S.E. model to be embraced by each youth and their family.
Dcts4U At-risk Program4Youth (DAP4Youth) is a comprehensive and proven treatment modality for youth (age 10-16 yrs old) needing intensive supports in their home community. Utilizing a carefully-designed and highly-customized planning process, the DAP program was designed to help keep youth from transitioning to a higher, more intensive level of care (i.e., Residential Treatment, stay-in-school or to successfully transition a child from a high-level of care back home. To achieve success, DAP4Youth requires participation from both the youth and their family, holding great significance in building a plan for all involved that is individualized, strength-based and community-resource driven. The plan mainly needs to have buy-in and ultimately works for the family. Key components include safety planning and family-driven goal setting that helps build a team to support the family and connect them to resources in their community that will increase self-sufficiency and stability in the home.
Our program facilitators guide youth to overcome barriers that lead to destructive behaviors such as bullying, drugs or alcohol, and other problems. Our focus on restorative practices aims to help rebuild relationships that have been compromised as a result of destructive behaviors or incidents; this may involve rebuilding or understand the dynamics between the victim and assailant, and or other members who were impacted in the community. Utilizing an ongoing and open dialogue, restorative practices identify the root causes of the behaviors or incident, provides an opportunity for each individual impacted to voice their feelings, and then determines an action plan to rebuild relationships and thus build a stronger community.
DCTS Sec2ND Chance & DAP4Youth Director Wendy Sellars works diligently to keep the community informed of new laws concerning recidivism; she is also the author of "The Process" teaching individuals how to navigate the Criminal Justice system. We also provide youth opportunities to grow while participating in onsite/offsite workshops and empowerment sessions. Also, DCTS offer individuals and their families on-site counseling, case management, anger management group or individual sessions, mentorship, and employment guidance/preparation forums.