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      FOSTERING RESTORATION The impact of love and second families in residential care

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      International Journal of Social Pedagogy

      UCL Press

      family, strengths-based, open communication, relationship, culture

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          My Refuge House Ministry (MRH), a shelter for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) and abuse in the Philippines, functioned under a Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach when it was founded in 2009. However, an assessment of their programmes in 2014 found that the girls felt uncomfortable with the counseling approach and trapped by the staff and shelter guidelines. As a result, MRH underwent a complete restructuring of their program in August of 2014, moving from a clinically focused approach to a strengths-based one, which was more culturally appropriate for the girls and staff members. Since its restructuring, MRH has developed a family-like environment between staff and girls, drawing upon their Filipino culture and way of life. The results have seen mutual growth in relationships between staff and girls and an increased level of respect between both parties. MRH has created a second family by advocating for a loving and caring atmosphere, which they believe to be the foundation for any healing environment. This paper describes why MRH operates from this approach, how this approach has been implemented, and the differences observed in the staff and girls since its introduction.

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                International Journal of Social Pedagogy
                UCL Press (UK )
                1 December 2016
                : 5
                : 1
                : 145-151
                Instructor of Social Work, Milligan College , Tennessee
                Director of Program Operations, My Refuge House , Cebu Philippines
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                Rachel L. Jones, MSW, is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served at My Refuge House in the Philippines from 2014-2016. She is currently an Instructor of Social Work at Milligan College in Tennessee.

                Rose Ann Obenque, RSW is the Director of Program Operations at My Refuge House (MRH). She’s been part of MRH since 2011 as a Social Worker before she became the Director of Program Operation in 2014.

                Obenque, R.A. & Jones, R.L. (2016). Fostering restoration The impact of love and second families in residential care. [Joint Special Issue, Love in Professional Practice]
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