The chickadee must believe he is safe.
There are many models for working with youth in general and many models for working with youth at risk or youth who have experienced trauma. But, when you compare models you will find that a key factor in determining success in your program is the trust that is developed between the youth and the service provider. Youth at risk are focusing on survival and they have developed a keen sense of awareness in terms of whom may be safe to trust. Authenticity and honestly will help develop a relationship of trust. A program or project plan must include hiring the best resource persons or staff; and the best means honest, authentic, and reliable. it is best to begin with a set up for success!!!