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Re: “Pinned Down

I worked there and left just before this. I worked with Orlena on several occasions- Perhaps I am just different-but I can tp tell you that since there were only a few kids who were mandated "face up"-I can testify that this was a KNOWN. Personally, I had no trouble verbally deescalating her. I was 1:1 in a confined area with her blowing out, and was able to keep myself safe, keep her safe, keep the other kids safe-without the use of a physical, or chemical restraint-and without locking a door. She was not the brooding reputation that the staff who never responded to Unit B crisis, or always worked on other units believed her to be. She, like all kids, had soft hearts that had endured tragic beginnings that many cannot even comprehend-the behaviors come from a place of learned coping & survival. What I did not like, and have never liked in residential treatment- is the gang like mentality that happens with the staff...and the "favorite" kids that begin to be used as pawns to run shifts smoothly. It was disgusting and became less about learning to help kids connect what they are feeling to how they are behaving and doing the hard work of interacting with them and more about a smooth shift so a football game could be watched, or a smooth shift so charting was easy, or a smooth shift because that "family" of staff was always hungover. Sometimes that crisis call over the radio was responded to by a charged up group of adrenaline junkie staff members-just hungry for that crisis call, and ready to run and respond-not because they could actually help-but because of the action. I was not a favorite among the staff at the time-definitely not popular with my coworkers..but I stood up for kids, and spoke out every single time I saw something...not because I am a mandated reporter-because it's the right thing to do. I wish I would have been called to testify. I wish I was there that day...she would still be with us. What a shame. And yea, the staff "family" will have to live with that forever-because you know that things were happening on that soap opera campus that shouldn't have been. Sharing personal information with kids, lack of professional distance, Zero consistency from shift to shift, the over use of quiet rooms, Seclusion (locking kids in quiet rooms) without doctors orders, ordering prn's so you don't have to deal with a kid, multiple seclusion orders in a row to prove you had the upper hand. It was anything but therapeutic. The truth hurts.

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Posted by unowho on 12/28/2013 at 4:09 PM

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