Across all of our homes and services, Genesis cte, are committed to achieving positive, measurable outcomes with each and every child and young adult. Of course, given the complexity of the challenges many of our children and young adults face, it would be disingenuous to claim that everyone will leave our service with all their significant difficulties firmly in their past. It takes many years and many 10,000s of negative interactions to create the emotional instability experienced by most of our children and young adults. It can take a similar amount of time, and a counterbalancing similar number of positive interactions for the process of full recovery even to begin. Further, it needs to be noted that many of our children and young adults come to us with additional mental health and personality issues that have significant underlying biological causes. However, we are wholly convinced that our approach can and does make a positive difference for everyone.
We are committed to seeing the lives of children and young adults improve both in terms of their own individual psychopathology, and also in terms of their connections and social relationships. Thus, for example, over time we would expect all children struggling with attachment or similar difficulties to show measurable improvements in impulse control, emotional regulation, cause and effect thinking, and self-monitoring. We would also expect the quality of their relationships to significantly improve; being able to derive genuine pleasure and satisfaction from their interactions with adult caregivers, other adults and most of all, their peers. These positive changes should be also measurable in terms of observable changes in behaviour. Would expect such changes to be reflected in improved educational outcomes – better school attendance, improved academic progress and fewer incidents of uncontrolled behaviour. We would also expect to see the child enjoy a wider group of friends and deeper engagement in positive social activities. We would expect to see the child be able to articulate her emotions and needs more effectively, instead of relying on negative behaviour patterns to communicate distress. Of course, progress is not necessarily even. Children with major trust issues can sometimes find the experience of being positively and therapeutically cared for as highly disconcerting, even threatening. Sometime children can appear to regress before they progress. For this reason, there is a great deal of focus on ensuring placement stability, even when they are significant challenges. Failure and rejection is an extremely damaging experience for any child, let alone one who has significant relationship issues. The key to progress lies first and foremost by providing every child with a sense of safety, security, predictability and stability in their lives.