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The staff of OurCaseManager.pro are selected from the most successful, talented members of The Institute for Behavior Change who have received intensive training in Case Management methods and strategies to supplement their skills in the field of behavioral treatment for children. Please visit www.ibc-pa.org for complete information about the training, supervision, orientation and background that these people can bring to the table on behalf of you and your child.  Our Director's background and resume can be viewed by clicking here.

 

Our Director is licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist Steven Kossor who has practiced in Pennsylvania since 1977.  He created www.treatmentplansthatworked.com which offers more than 500 examples of real-life treatment plans that were actually successful, with the data that documents it, as a guide to professionals in the creation of age-appropriate behavioral treatment interventions for children.  The site also offers examples of successful treatment planning documents that parents can give to professionals as a means of setting basic standards for treatment design and monitoring.  These plans have been used to develop behavioral treatment programs for children in more than 105 countries.  The website has been the #1 source for information about treatment planning for children in Google searches since 2006.  Through the federal Medicaid program in at least 37 states, funding for these treatment programs is available to children at no cost to parents, regardless of family income! 

Here are some excerpts from treatmentplansthatworked.com to give you an indication of the depth of knowledge that the staff of OurCaseManager.pro will bring to benefit your child:

How to write an excellent Behavioral Treatment Plan

An appalling lack of standards exists as to what a child's behavioral treatment plan should look like. As a result, parents are frequently at a loss to determine if the Plan proposed for their child is either adequate or appropriate. As an alternative to wishful thinking, misplaced trust in an unknown and untested service provider, and to raise the standards for treatment plans for children who are displaying challenging behavior, this internet resource has been created. Let's define our terms, first of all.

A Treatment Plan should provide all of the information necessary for a conscientious person to deliver the correct treatment procedures, at the correct times, and with sufficient consistency to produce the changes in behavior that are described in the Plan -- reducing or eliminating undesirable behavior and increasing or improving desired behavior, while providing a means to monitor progress on an ongoing basis that informs the process of treatment.  Professional guidance should always be sought before and during the implementation of any treatment plan or program, behavioral or otherwise.

Subtle differences can change the outcome of any treatment plan.  In this field, for every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert. Nevertheless, there are some basic standards on which everyone should agree. At a minimum for example, all behavioral treatment plans should provide the following information.  The order of presentation isn’t as important as the level of understanding that it creates in the mind of the person who is to implement the plan, such as a mental health worker or a parent.

A very simple plan, accompanied by a very high level of professional supervision, training and support, can achieve tremendous results. A highly complicated, lengthy, jargon-ridden treatment plan written by someone with impressive credentials obviously doesn't guarantee success.  The middle ground (where the treatment plan is complete in terms of its components, explicit in its directions to the person who will implement it, and which can be evaluated objectively as to its effectiveness) is ideal. 

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Any behavioral treatment plan should specify the exact behavior that is “targeted” for improvement. The plan must say exactly what is to be reduced or eliminated. By the same token, the plan must say exactly what is to be taught in replacement of the “targeted” behavior. It is rarely helpful to tell a child what not to do; you always have to specify what he/she should do as well. 

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A treatment plan should explain exactly what the treatment provider should be doing to accomplish the replacement of the “target” behavior. A treatment provider should be able to look at the treatment plan and know precisely which techniques are to be used, how often and in which circumstances. When terms like “contingency contracting” are used, a glossary of terms that is accessible to the treatment provider is essential. How else can the treatment provider know exactly what to do? 

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A treatment plan should always contain a simple and easy means of measuring progress from the perspective of the treatment recipient, not the treatment provider. Outcome progress measurement should include a “baseline” measure, which is a starting point in the measurement of treatment outcomes that precedes the start of the treatment period. How else will you know how far you’ve come (or how far you’ve gone astray) if you don’t know where you started? 

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Treatment plans must include a planned stop date, so that the treatment team can prepare to present information to funding authorities prior to that date in order for funding to be continued. Continued funding is necessary and therefore justifiable whenever the child is within the age served by the funding entity, the treatment plan is working, but the work has not yet been satisfactorily completed.

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