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May 10, 2013

Welcome to the 3-5-7 Model Newsletter!  The purpose of this newsletter is to provide tips and techniques and suggestions for further understanding the 3-5-7 Model.   We'll tell you what we are passionate about.  What are you passionate about?  Read along and continue the dialog by sending us your feedback. 
The Importance of Coaching

 We are passionate about  coaching and consultation and believe it is vital for implementing and sustaining our programs. We aren't the only ones who see it's value.  If you need some convincing see the excerpt below from Research on Social Work Practice.  




Most skills needed by successful practitioners can be introduced in training but really are learned on the job with the help of a coach.... A coach provides ''craft'' information along with advice, encouragement, and opportunities to practice and use skills specific to the innovation (e.g., engagement, treatment planning, clinical judgment). Implementation of human service

innovations requires behavior change at the practitioner, supervisory, and administrative support levels. Training and coaching are the principal ways in which behavior change is brought about for carefully selected staff in the

beginning stages of implementation and throughout the life of evidence-based practices and programs.


Except from: 

Core Implementation Components,Dean L. Fixsen, Karen A. Blase, Sandra F. Naoom and Frances Wallace, Research on Social Work PracticeSeptember 2009 19: 531-540.

Often following a training session, participants are left wondering where to start.  Below are some questions to consider as you clarify what you learned, integrate the 3-5-7 Model framework, and actualize the work.  These are topics we can talk through with you on your personalized coaching call.

  • What concepts do you most recall from 3-5-7 Model training?
  • Are there any points of clarification you would like to have about the 3-5-7 Model?
  • In what ways have you been using the 3-5-7 Model?
  • What population are you using the 3-5-7 Model with?
  • What is working well for you in your integration of the
    3-5-7 Model?
  • What are the challenges you are having to integrating the 3-5-7 Model into your practice?
Darla L. Henry and Associates provides ongoing coaching and consultation for programs.  Ask your manager and/or training coordinator how you can take advantage of these opportunities!
Using Books in Our Work

Many of us can relate to the circumstances of others, whether real or fictional, when we share an experience depicted in a movie or book.  When we are engaged in the story of another, we are often exploring our own feelings related to that event in our own lives.  For workers, movies can provide valuable insight into the feelings that may be experienced by the children, youth, and families with whom they work.  Reading books to children/youth with themes that related to the child/youth's experiences can be validating and provide hope and healing opportunities.  


Here is this month's suggestion:


The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Patterson


This is a story of eleven-year-old Gilly who has lived in multiple foster families and disliked them all.  Gilly has a plan to get her "real mother" to come rescue her.  The rescue doesn't work out, and Gilly is left thinking that maybe life with her foster parents isn't all that bad.




Featured 3-5-7 Model Activity 

Name of Activity:  Getting to Know You


Key Concept:  Working with Life Events


Primary Questions:  Who Am I?, What Happened to Me?


Purpose:  To help child/youth identify her favorites, likes, dislikes, thoughts about her family, future dreams, and so on. This can be a great way to start to get to know a child/youth, making it a good warm up or introductory activity. 


Materials needed: Prepare a plastic ball (approximately 8 inches in diameter) in advance with questions written on it.  Some ideas include:  

  • What is your date of birth?       
  • What is your middle name?
  • What activities do you participate in?
  • What is your favorite season?
  • What is your favorite holiday?   
  • What is your favorite song?
  • Who is someone you like to spend time with?
  • If you were an animal, what animal would you be?
  • Where is a place you would like to visit?
  • If you could have a superpower, what would it to be?
  • If you could change something about yourself, what would it be?
  • If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be?
  • Who is someone you care about?
  • What is your favorite memory of your mother?
  • What is your favorite memory of your father?
  • What is your favorite memory about siblings?
  • What is a favorite family tradition?        
  • Who do you talk to when you are upset or mad?

Getting Started:  Stand across from the child/youth (if worker and child/youth are playing alone) or stand in a circle if there are multiple players (siblings or same aged peers).  Explain that the ball will be tossed or passed back and forth.  Ask that the child/youth answer the question that her right thumb lands on. A variation for multiple participants could be that the person to their right or left must answer the question. 


Except from The 3-5-7 Model Workbook, page 21.


Avoiding Practice Drift

To avoid "practice drift" from the 3-5-7 Model, it is suggested that workers seek feedback from both peers and supervisors at regular intervals.  Ask yourself or have a co-worker ask questions such as:

  • In what context is the child/youth's behavior being interpreted? 
  • What stage of the grief cycle do the behaviors seem to be related to?
  • How is the behavior informing the worker about what areas the child/youth needs to explore?
  • What is the underlying feeling or question that the child/youth may be struggling with?  
  • Is the worker supporting the expression of feelings or lecturing/giving advice?
  • Is the worker feeling pressured by caregivers to consequence behaviors as opposed to validating and being present to the expression?
I hope you found the content of this email useful and inspiring.  My team of associates and I are working hard to bring you the tools you need to make the most impact in the lives of the children and families you are working with and we'd love to hear from you.  Send your comments, questions or suggestions to me at the email address below or via Facebook.  We are looking forward to hearing from you!







Darla L. Henry
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