What philosophy does New Leaf Supports follow?

For many people, this question is the most important piece of information. It is essential for folks to understand the true belief system that New Leaf Supports subscribes to. Many would like to know if they themselves or their son/daughter, loved one, client, etc., is being well taken care of and for the right reasons. Let us start by asking the question… Who/ What do you see?

What do you see?

If you take a look at the drawing above, you may immediately consider this man a robber… Now take a closer look… Within the stitching and material of the hat and mask, you can see life events that helped build the individual. He is much more than a robber, he is a son, brother, father, cousin, friend, and he likely has numerous positive qualities. In the same way, New Leaf Supports is dedicated to seeing a person for who they are, and not for what they have done. We are committed to building rapport and getting to know someone (taking a closer look). While we acknowledge what someone has done and protect and treat the behaviors, we do NOT define someone based on their actions/decisions.

What are behavioral supports?

Behavioral Supports is a term used to refer to any strategy, intervention, etc., that helps an individual, support team, and family understand/ change/ predict maladaptive (non-beneficial) behaviors.

How does NLS help someone “change” behaviors?

By utilizing up to date research, innovative techniques, and a collaborative approach, NLS can work with an individual and their support team to rethink actions/ reactions to certain situations. Most often, a behavior specialist will meet with an individual on a frequent basis in order to gain information, observe the individual in their environment, and implement an intervention strategy. These meetings help the behavior specialist build a theory or potential rationale as to why an individual engages in the target behavior. This is then written within an assessment that will guide the tracking of certain behaviors and interventions that all team members will help and participate with; this plan is called a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA). The FBA then helps the behavior specialist write a Behavior Support Plan (BSP) that maps out the intervention strategies that may potentially help the individual use healthier options to achieve their goal rather than the targeted or unhealthy behaviors. Often these behaviors are the individuals attempts, whether intentional or unintentional, to obtain/ gain something or to escape/ avoid something.

How quickly can change happen?

Everyone is different, and everyone has their own reasons for engaging in maladaptive behaviors. Change, in any person, is difficult to implement, especially if they themselves are comfortable in their current circumstances. Change can be scary, change can be slow, but change is ALWAYS possible. NLS believes that individuals are capable of changing behaviors and actions.

What types of behaviors can NLS help with?

While NLS has vast experience in the areas of problematic sexual behaviors, we do not just focus on this area. We also have significant experience in targeting other challenging behaviors such as physically aggressive behaviors, self-injurious behaviors, amongst others.

What locations/ areas does NLS serve?

NLS is able and willing to serve any team or individual in any location. In this day in age, there are several modalities that services can be provided and for that reason we subscribe to the motto “where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

What makes New Leaf Supports trainings any different from others?

New Leaf Supports is passionate about equipping others with the knowledge and experience they need to carry out quality care. NLS employs energetic, enthusiastic, and inspirational facilitators that present content in an entertaining, efficient, and, through the use of cutting-edge technology, meaningful manner.

How much does a training cost?

NLS would NEVER want the issue of cost to deprive individuals from learning critical information that may help them provide gold-standard care. For that reason, while we have rates, they are often negotiable. Please contact us for more information.

Who are these trainings for?

Everyone! NLS is able to facilitate any of the trainings listed on our TRAININGS page for any group of people ready and willing to learn about the content. Some of the teams that may benefit from NLS trainings include, but are not limited to:

  • Probation departments
  • Non-profit agencies
  • Mental health facilities
  • Law enforcement
  • Colleges/ Universities
  • Human service agencies
  • Support teams
  • Others…

Where does the content of the trainings come from?

All NLS training content is created by the employees of NLS. We are committed to providing accurate references, as all the training content has been adapted and cited from research-based sources. The experience and expertise of the facilitators is a great asset to the evidence-based information.

Who may need a Risk and Needs Assessment?

Any individual who has exemplified a concerning sexualized behavior may need an evaluation. These concerning behaviors can range in severity from lewd conversations to public masturbation to sexual harassment to sexual offending. This is not to say that the individual may go on to sexually offend, however, a Risk and Needs Assessment can help the team to determine the best course of action for response, teaching, and other factors. The Risk and Needs Assessment phase is the first step in the process of helping understand and capture a piece of the picture of problematic sexual behavior as best as possible within a research-based framework.

What setting can a Risk and Needs Assessment interview be conducted?

In order to provide a trauma-informed process, the interview with the individual can be conducted within whatever setting he or she feels most comfortable/safe. In regard to meeting with the family and the team, NLS is committed to meeting wherever is most convenient for all.

How long does it take to complete a Risk and Needs Assessment?

It usually takes between one and two weeks for the entire report to be finalized. Special circumstances may lend to an expedited process.

What research-based tools are used during the assessment process and report?

NLS provides numerous, evidence-based instruments that are shown to gain insight of risk and needs from both static and dynamic variable perspectives. Some of these instruments may be specific to the IDD population and some are able to be utilized generally. Examples of these instruments are as follows, but not limited to:ARMIDILO-S, Static-99R, and SOTIPS.

What are the team’s credentials?

Currently, many of our credentials can be found within the TEAM page of our website. Each behavior specialist has passed the state required Functional Behavior Assessment course. The team is working on getting licensure with the state of PA in regards to a Behavior Specialist License so that we may offer our services to a wider array of individuals and populations.