The Genesis Project is a residential therapeutic treatment center located on six developed acres in Northeast Oklahoma City between Edmond and Jones, Oklahoma. We provide individual, group and family therapies for boys, ages 6-12 and teach daily life skills.
It is our mission to provide the highest quality of residential services and trauma-informed treatment to abused and neglected boys entrusted to us by the State of Oklahoma. We are committed to providing our youth with the tools necessary to return to the community in the most effective and successful way possible.
Trauma Informed Care
We use trauma-informed methods to care for and treat our boys. Most of them have experienced child traumatic stress, the physical and emotional responses of a child or youth to events that threaten the life or physical integrity of the young person or of someone critically important to the child (such as a parent or sibling). Traumatic events overwhelm a young person’s capacity to cope. These events bring out feelings of terror, powerlessness, and out-of-control physiological arousal. (Child Welfare Committee, National Child Traumatic Stress Network, 2008).
As a Level E therapeutic treatment facility, The Genesis Project cares for boys who have experienced acute trauma (single traumatic event), chronic trauma (multiple traumatic events) and complex trauma (trauma caused by adults entrusted with the child’s care).
The impact of trauma may result in a child isolating himself and having issues with relating to others. He may experience problems with movement and sensation and have a difficult time describing his feelings. He may be aggressive, self-destructive and have poor impulse control. He may have difficulty focusing on tasks, learning and language development. Many times, he may suffer from low self-esteem, shame and guilt.
Components of a Trauma Informed System include:
- Trauma Awareness
- Emphasis on Safety
- Opportunities to Rebuild Control
- Strength-based Approach
Systematic Training to Assist in the Recovery from Trauma
To effectively care for children who have experienced trauma, the staff at The Genesis Project undergo Systematic Training to Assist in the Recovery from Trauma (S.T.A.R.T.). Under the leadership of our experts, staff learn effective measures to identify a child’s issues and respond appropriately with individualized trauma-informed care.
Managing Aggressive Behavior
The Genesis Project utilizes training prepared by The University of Oklahoma’s National Resource Center for Youth Services called Managing Aggressive Behavior (M.A.B.). M.A.B. uses a broach approach to crisis intervention and prevention. M.A.B. focuses on prevention, intervention and postvention strategies. Some tools include listening, relaxing, lending, using activities and games, building on strengths and understanding the effects of trauma on behavior.
Trust-Based Relational Intervention
According to the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI® is connection.