We provide personal and organizational development
activities to improve the well-being of individuals, families, organizations, and communities. We work with clients to provide wraparound services that are unique to their needs and the needs of their families.
We utilize Cognitive-Based Therapy (CBT), Restorative Practices, and Art Therapy as we partner with families that have been impacted by toxic stress, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), generational trauma, and exposure to violence. We provide clients with knowledge, tools, and strategies to foster resiliency and create positive environments in their homes and in their community.
Services provided by CCDC are delivered through multiple modes with the intent of breaking down these barriers and providing supportive interventions and alternatives to traditional, site-based programming and services.
C.H.A.T. is a year-long, collaborative project engaging youth and families in creative, therapeutic, and research-based programming that is rooted in the restorative philosophical
approaches of Ubuntu, Mitakuye Oyasin, and Sankofa.
We are working actively to create a “culture of care” to support youth and families using research-based best
practices: Restorative Practices (RP), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Group Violence Intervention (GVI) strategies, trauma-informed care, cultural responsivity, motivational interviewing, and creative/performing arts-based therapy and interventions.
C.H.A.T. supports the Cedar Rapids, Iowa gun violence prevention efforts and the Group Violence Intervention (GVI) initiative. For more information on the GVI model, check out the National Network for Safe Communities (NNSC) website!
C.H.A.T. is an evolution of the ReSET 2020 Youth & Family Challenge project in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
We are committed to the use of circle practices to build community, navigate conflict, and repair relational harm.
"Human beings are hardwired to connect with one another, and human connectivity is rooted in the concept of “relationship”. Conflict resolution is an essential skill for healthy functioning in all aspects of human life, and restorative practices are a research-based way to teach and model
healthy communication and responses to wrongdoing in any setting. Rooted in the circle-keeping traditions of indigenous and aboriginal peoples, restorative practices focus on community building, community repairing, and community reconciliation" (Bevins, 2019).
We operate on the premise that strong people build strong families, and strong families build strong communities. Our staff work with youth and families to help them identify and mediate conflict and reduce stressors in their lives.
When serving within our commUNITY, our practices encompass a restorative approach to planning and delivery of all programming and direct services.
“The fundamental hypothesis of restorative practices embodies fair process by asserting that ‘people are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make positive changes in behavior when those in authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them’ (IIRP, 2021)".
All decisions about what we do and what we focus on are made with those that we serve. When working with youth and families, together, we identify their needs and craft tailored, research-based services and creative, therapeutic programming to address those needs.
Historically, there are many reasons for the inequitable access and structural barriers related to
participation in local programming and/or community and family services. Some of these include (but
are not limited to): childcare, transportation, mental/ physical health, legal.
Services provided by CCDC are delivered through multiple modes with the intent of breaking down these barriers and providing supportive interventions and alternatives to traditional, site-based programming and services. We maximize access by providing services virtually whenever possible and feasible. Recognizing that access to the internet and technology can be a barrier, CCDC works with families to assess their technology needs and help them to attain the necessary equipment on a permanent or loaner basis. Using our Mobile CHAT Units, we deploy our resources to literally meet youth and families “where they are”.
Program modalities and delivery models may be tailored to include: small and large group facilitation (youth and adult learners); small online talking circle groups; in-person community circles and services, (to resume when safe); individual and small group transformational coaching.
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