Saturday, June 1, 2013

Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories

Stop Hurting Kids is a campaign to end restraint and seclusion abuse in schools.  This past week, a new video called Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories (working title) and materials were added to the website.  Here is an explanation from the website.  (Source: http://stophurtingkids.com/the-film/
"Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories (working title) is a new film by Dan Habib, Filmmaker at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire. In the film, Jino Medina, Brianna Hammon and Peyton Goddard describe the restraint and seclusion they experienced while students in public schools, and the devastating physical and emotional injuries they suffered as a results. And Carolyn Medina and Wil Beaudoin describe how the restraint and seclusion their children endured had an impact on them as parents.
The film (27 minutes) is available free to the public through StopHurtingKids.com for training, professional development and public awareness. Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories was produced through a partnership of the National Center on Trauma Informed Care, TASH and the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability. Support for this film comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)."
Following is the you-tube copy of the video.

 
Here is a discussion guide that was put together to go with the video: http://stophurtingkids.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/RS-Film_Discussion-Guide.pdf.  Even for schools that don't use restraint and seclusion, the discussion questions about behavioural interventions and trauma are worth discussion for any school. 
 
It's great to see that work is being done to expose and educate others around these types of issues.  Hats off to Dan Habib for another great documentary that will hopefully have an impact on more humane and/or inclusive practices in schools.  
 

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