VisionQuest has been offering services in Delaware for approximately 15 years. Currently, VisionQuest provides a community-based HomeQuest program statewide.
The HomeQuest program in Delaware is unique and highly innovative. In a collaborative effort with the State, VisionQuest designed an umbrella program to serve delinquent youth statewide. Probation Officers use Motivational Interviewing techniques to assess each youth using the PACT assessment, which identifies criminogenic needs in a youth’s life. VisionQuest offers a spectrum of services to address top risk factors for each youth, providing customized and effective services to each youth referred.
Services offered include:
Accountability is a packaged service that includes a variety of components that meet the needs of youth and their families. These components include: curfew calls, school attendance monitoring, face-to-face contacts, crisis intervention availability 24/7, and in-home intervention.
Aggression Replacement Training (ART)
ART is a cognitive behavioral intervention program specifically targeting chronically aggressive children and adolescents. The goal of the program is to help children and adolescents improve social skill competence and moral reasoning, better manage anger, and reduce aggressive behavior.
Casey Life Skills
Youth complete the Casey Life Skills Assessment which identifies life skill deficits and staff are able to tailor a series of lessons to meet the individual’s needs. The goal of Casey Life Skills is to better prepare youth for living on their own.
Cognitive Behavioral Self-Counseling Skills
This behavioral approach is based on the idea that thoughts cause feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events. The benefit is that youth learn that they can change the way they think to feel/act better even if the situation does not change.
Meaningful and gratifying community service opportunities are provided throughout the year. Projects may include: Habitat for Humanity, graffiti removal, Meals on Wheels, serving in a homeless shelter, and community clean-up. Through these community service projects, youth learn the importance of giving back to and becoming active in their local community.
Family meetings are appropriate for families who need basic family work to address minor family issues. Staff uses the evidence-informed Sanctuary curriculum Teaching Families about Sanctuary. Throughout the sessions, families work to identify how various traumas in their lives have affected their families and will learn tools and techniques to help them address these issues.
Functional Family Therapy (FFT)
FFT (www.fftinc.com) is an evidence-based in-home therapeutic service that helps family members to strengthen their ability to work together and successfully solve problems of concern to the family. It is a front-end program that works to divert at-risk youth away from residential treatment entirely.
Gender specific self esteem programming is provided through group and individual sessions for girls. The curriculum focuses on four main areas: trauma/drama, healthy relationships, sexuality, and mind-body connection. The goal of this curriculum is to empower young women and create positive self-esteem.
Youth have the opportunity to participate in activities that are designed to create interest and replace negative group recreation. The expectation is that they can learn to do these activities and continue upon discharge.
For more information about the Sanctuary model, visit our Sanctuary page.
Street Smart focuses on the prevention of STDs and STIs, teen pregnancy, and the development of healthy relationships. Street Smart consists of 8 group sessions, an individual session, and a visit to a community resource. Sessions address topics such as personal risk, transmission and prevention, personal triggers and urges, observation and role play of coping and problem solving skills, examination of personal sexual values, and practice of positive “self-talk”.
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