OT-Thinking Shelter-3-Experiential Report

1. Experiential Report

 
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1. Name:
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2. Email Address:
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3. Program:
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4. Tell us which exercise you completed:
Now scroll down and answer the question for the option you completed.
Option A: Re-thinking Rules at Shelter
Read “Physical ‘Fixes’ that Help Programs Minimize Rules” (compiled by Margaret Hobart, WSCADV). Go on a shelter tour to see which (if any) of these ideas your agency already has in place, and what (if any) you might want to try. Identify two ideas for physical fixes that would help minimize rules and seem possible for your program. Talk this over with a co-worker and ask for feedback.

(You are very welcome to make this a group activity, especially if you and a co-worker(s) are taking the distance learning course together. However, your writing should be your own.)
5. Spend at least 15 minutes writing about what you did and what you found out. What was your idea and how hard was it to identify? How might you share your learning with the rest of the shelter staff? (There are no right or wrong answers. We encourage you to write your responses in a Word document and then paste them here. That way, you will be able to keep your thoughts for future reference.)
Option B: Re-thinking How We Support Parenting in Shelter
Read Chapter Two, “Family Shelter Environments” and “Reflections,” from Parenting in Public: Family Shelter and Public Assistance by Donna Haig Friedman, pages 41-83. DSHS recently sent a copy of this book to all DSHS-contracted domestic violence shelter programs. WSCADV member programs may also borrow a copy from our lending library; contact sandi@wscadv.org or call (360) 586-1022.

The author gives examples of shelters where the facility, rules and staff/resident interactions undermine parent-child relationships among residents. She also gives examples of shelters that create an especially supportive environment for parenting.

Identify at least one example of how your shelter practices support parenting by residents (for instance, think about physical lay-out, bedroom arrangements, rules about chores and cleaning, how children receive medications, kitchen and meal policies, staff interactions with children, how resident privacy is handled, how family boundaries and belongings are handled, etc.). Then, identify at least one example of a practice that could use improvement.

(You are very welcome to make this a group activity, especially if you and a co-worker(s) are taking the distance learning course together. However, your writing should be your own.)
6. Spend at least 15 minutes writing about your examples and your reactions to the reading. How might you share your learning with the rest of the shelter staff? (There are no right or wrong answers. We encourage you to write your responses in a Word document and then paste them here. That way, you will be able to keep your thoughts for future reference.)
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