Category Archives: Restraints and Seclusions

Getting Detained Youth Out of Isolation and into Collaboration

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This week’s episode of This American Life is called “Not It.” In this episode, reporters relay three true stories in which instead of solving a problem in the community, officials simply shuttled that problem off to someone else. While the specific stories aren’t directly relevant to youth with challenging behaviors, as I listened I couldn’t

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Welcome Changes to Rules Regarding Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

Here at Think:Kids, we have been an active part of the effort to reduce, if not eliminate, the use of restraint and seclusion in schools and other institutional settings for well over a decade.  Our approach, Collaborative Problem Solving, was implemented as the model of care at Cambridge Health Alliance’s child and adolescent inpatient units

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Follow up to: Massachusetts DOE wants to hear YOUR thoughts on seclusion and restraint in schools

A Clinician’s Request for Change Our letter to the SEPP in support of the proposed new regulations on seclusion and restraint in Massachusetts I am writing in my role as a clinical psychologist to support the Department for its proposed new regulations on seclusion and restraint in Massachusetts schools, and the desire they reflect to

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A federal ban on restraint and seclusion in schools?

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You may know that many therapeutic schools and psychiatric settings seclude and/or restrain children for the purposes of de-escalation and regaining behavioral control. “Seclusion” typically refers to the removal of an individual into a specifically designated space used for de-escalation (e.g., a small bare room with padded walls), while “restraint” encompasses a range of interventions

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