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Murphy-Harpst

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Murphy-Harpst Children’s Centers is an independent not-for-profit organization committed to meeting the needs of abused and neglected young people through residential treatment, placements in specialized foster care, and community programs that serve at-risk youth and their families. They serve approximately 150 children each year (75 beds on our residential campus, almost 50 specialized foster care homes and community service clients). With an average length of stay 9-12 months, our mission is to provide life and hope. TBRI Sensory Therapy Room TBRI in being implemented on our campus to provide a nurturing program model for all caregivers to address the complex developmental trauma that our children have survived. Abuse, neglect, and trauma effect children through interactive psychological and behavioral manifestations. Many dysfunctional coping skills, chronic fear and sensory deficits create barriers to developing healthy relationships, building trust, improving self-esteem and independent functioning. Sensory processing disorders negatively impact behavior, social skills and academic performance. "Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) is a holistic approach that is multi‑disciplinary, flexible, attachment‑centered, and challenging. It is an evidence‑based, trauma‑informed intervention that is specifically designed for children who come from hard places, such as maltreatment, abuse, neglect, multiple home placements, and violence, but you’ll see that the principles apply to all children. TBRI® consists of three sets of harmonious principles: Connecting, Empowering, and Correcting Principles." Sunshine on a Ranney Day partnered with Murphy-Harpst to create a safe, sensory infused therapy center for individual and group therapy, TBRI training site and as an TBRI friendly example for the campus. This sensory room will be the first of many enhancements planned and serve as example to enable them to expand the creative process throughout the entire campus, especially living spaces of children.

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