Dear Coaches –
We are writing to make you aware of a new opportunity. Like everything you do, participation is voluntary, but it should also be very exciting.
The Partnership, with the support of the Hilton Foundation, is participating in a project that combines SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) with our Parent Coaching service. In short, if a youth indicates that they have a substance abuse issue through the SBIRT process, his or her legal guardian will be offered the opportunity to work with a Parent Coach.
Right now, we are working with two clinical sites: one in Colorado and the other in upstate New York.
This is the first time this type of program has been attempted. Beyond the opportunity to help families in need, we have the chance to learn a great deal about how these approaches can complement each other.
We are seeking Coaches who want to work with these “Hilton” families. However, there are some things you should know first:
· Coaches who participate will need to have completed at least two cases that had at least three calls each. If you haven’t completed two cases yet, no worries – when you do, you can opt in.
· Colorado is in the Mountain time zone, so that may require more flexibility than usual from you on scheduling, especially if you are an East coaster.
· “Hilton” parents will not come to the Coaching Service through the Helpline. That means that you will not have any case background before you start talking to them. You will need to discern their history to a greater extent than you do now. (Please know, however, that all the youth of these families are in clinical care and that the clinicians from both sites will be using their clinical judgment to assess what families are appropriate and they will be screened for suicidality and domestic violence.) We have created a sheet for you that gives helpful questions to ask the parent on your first call to acquire the necessary background information needed.
If you are interested, we will have a conference call to provide additional details. We will make sure that all of your questions are answered before you take your first case.
One of the great things about the Parent Support Network is that we are always stretching, learning, and adapting to the needs of the families that we serve today, and hope to help in the future. If you would like to participate in this opportunity to grow the program, please contact Kevin Collins by email. If you can do so by 5 pm EDT on March 20th, it would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for everything you do!
Heather & Kevin