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A Handbook for Guardians of Nursing Home Residents in Massachusetts
- Stepping In When Help is Needed: An Educational Video on Guardianship and Conservatorship in Massachusetts
- Domestic Violence Training
Northnode has developed a comprehensive Domestic Violence Training for New Staff and Volunteers that gives helping professionals the information they need to understand and respond to those who struggle with partner violence.
We offer training for trainers in the use of the curriculum and can provide training for direct service providers and other professionals interested in learning about domestic violence.
We are also pleased to offer the curriculum and training materials that experienced domestic violence trainers can adapt to meet their particular program or agency needs.
In addition, our services are available to assist with adaptations to particular communities.
For more information about the curriculum, training materials, and training, please click here.
- Evaluation of Clinical Services for Children Affected by Domestic Violence
Under a contract with the Domestic Violence Unit of the Massachusetts Department of Social Services, Northnode, Inc. and nine DSS-funded agencies/collaboratives that provide clinical services to children affected by adult domestic violence worked together to evaluate the impact of group services for children. To accomplish this, the group, with key assistance from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, developed a curriculum for a 12-week therapeutic group for children between eight and 12 who have been affected by adult domestic violence.
- Group Services for Children
Affected by Domestic Violence:
An Interactive 12-Week Group Curriculum for 8-12-Year-Old Children
Feel free to use this curriculum, adapting it to suit the particular needs of your groups. We would be interested to hear how it works for you, to learn about any changes you may make, and most especially to hear how the children who participate benefit from the group services you are offering.
For more information (including possible training in the use of the curriculum and/or in conducting an evaluation of your group services), please contact us.
- Group Services for Children
Affected by Domestic Violence:
An Interactive 12-Week Companion Curriculum for Caregivers of Children Participating in Group Services
Feel free to use this curriculum for caretakers as well. As with the children's curriculum, we would be interested to hear how it works for you, to learn about any changes you may make, and most especially to hear how the caretakers who participate benefit from the group services you are offering.
Lessons Learned and to be Learned June 2005
This paper briefly describes the evaluation project, including the development of the curriculum, the instruments used to evaluate the impact of group services, and the data collected. It sets out lessons learned from the project as well as lessons still to be learned from ongoing work with children affected by domestic violence.
Children of Domestic Violence
- The Trauma of Domestic Violence: Creating Safe and Supportive Environments for Children in Child Care Programs.
An evaluation of a statewide effort to train childcare providers on the impact of domestic violence on children. In 2000, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (through the Executive Office of Health and Human Services) offered training on the impact of domestic violence on women and children for over 1,200 child care providers from every region of the commonwealth. In this report, Northnode evaluated the extent to which participants obtained new knowledge about domestic violence and its effects on children and suggested steps that might be taken to improve on such a training effort in the future.
Children of Domestic Violence. A report of an
inter-system collaboration in Massachusetts, envisioned and facilitated by
Judith Lennett in 1994, which documents the impact of domestic violence on children and recommends
state level policies aimed at developing integrated community responses to both adult and child victims of domestic violence.
- Protecting Children Exposed to Domestic Violence in Contested Custody and Visitation Litigation, Judith Lennett, Pauline Quirion, Chanda Tuck, and Kristen Lund (B.U. Public Interest Law Journal, Vol. 6, No. 2, Winter 1997). This article makes the case for a presumption against granting custody or unprotected visitation to perpetrators of domestic violence. The article reviews the literature on the impact of domestic violence on children, suggesting that where domestic violence is present in a family, the "best interest of the child" standard can only be met if judges begin their inquiry by assuming that continued exposure to violence is harmful to children and by issuing custody and visitation orders that make the child's safety a priority.
- Domestic Violence
Among Low-Income Women
research project was initiated by Judith Lennett and conducted by the Center for Survey Research
at the University of Massachusetts at Boston in 1995. The project documented low-income women's experience of domestic violence.
The following reports describe the
- A Winning Alliance: Collaboration of Advocates and Researchers in the Massachusetts Mothers
Survey, Judith Lennett and Mary Ellen Colten (Violence Against Women, Vol. 5, No. 10, 1999),
describes the inter-system collaboration that produced this research.
Northnode board member John Ford and his UMass gerontology students wrote this Handbook to assist family members and nonprofits who are concerned about long term care residents and the quality of their lives. This consumer friendly Handbook is designed to de-mystify subjects like long term care Medicaid applications, guardianship laws and procedures, and nursing home residents' rights. The hope is that, as more nursing home residents have involved and knowledgeable guardians, the better the system will work, and the better the care and comfort of that part of our population.
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