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Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.

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Stay Home, Go Home, Find Home: A Permanency Best Practice Series

This is a three-day training offered in six half-day sessions:  

Day 1 – Family Search and Engagement

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 1pm to 4pm

Friday, December 4, 2020 9:30am to 12:30 pm


Day 2 – Youth-Guided, Family-Driven Teaming

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 1pm to 4pm

Thursday, December 10, 2020 9:30am to 12:30 pm


Day 3 – Permanency Readiness

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 1pm to 4pm

Friday, December 18, 2020 9:30am to 12:30 pm

Join the Massachusetts Permanency Practice Alliance for a three-day training offered virtually in six half-day sessions. Content is based on the Plummer Youth Promise Intervention and Outcome Model. Three national best practices in permanency will be addressed in-depth in these interactive skill building sessions. Staff providing or supervising clinical and direct interventions with children, youth and families in both residential and community-based settings will gain valuable understanding of permanency best practices, core competencies, key strategies, and tools. This ZOOM training includes an innovative blend of lectures, small group exercises in breakout rooms, polling, video and demonstrated role play. Hands-on practice is encouraged and adapted to a virtual environment as is group brainstorming of creative approaches to challenging case situations.

Approved for 15 NASW, LMHC & LMFT CEUs

Session One: Family Search and Engagement A set of strategies and tools to persistently and continuously search for, identify, locate and authentically engage family and other caring adults to play a variety of roles in a youth’s life. Key concepts include a multi-layered approach to outreach, the role of apology and gratitude in authentic engagement, and including people for what they can contribute to a youth’s life not excluding them for what they can’t contribute.

Session Two: Youth-Guided, Family-Driven Teaming A collaborative teaming approach that blends permanency decision-making with safety and well-being and prioritizes youth, parent and family voice and participation. Youth and family members come together with professionals to reach a permanency solution and plan for the supports needed to sustain a successful permanency outcome. Emphasis is given to planning for “family and future” rather than an immediate focus on placement.

Session Three: Permanency Readiness for Youth and Parents/Families A clinical process of clarifying past events and experiences and preparing youth to join family and integrate membership in multiple families. The session also addresses “what will it take?” for a parent to be ready to meet a youth’s needs, and make an unconditional, legal and lifelong family commitment. Relational strategies and practice tools will be shared that promote repair, rebuilding, attachment, belonging and claiming. Special consideration is given to a planful transition to living with family and identifying essential community supports.