Model of Care 3-5-7

In 2015, Tamassee DAR School began the journey of adopting the 3-5-7 Model of Care by Dr. Darla Henry.  The 3-5-7 Model supports the work of children, youth and families in grieving their losses and rebuilding their relationships towards the goals of well-being, safety and permanency.

The 3-5-7 Model

Through this Model, Tamasee DAR School utilizes tools to help children work through their issues of separation and loss, explore who they are, build strong healthy relationships as they work toward permanency, and create a feeling of belongingness. Additionally, the Model supports therapeutic work around abuse, abandonment and neglect experiences where Tamassee DAR School is able to work with the child through our professional and certified mental health counselors.

Tamassee DAR School staff receive training in the 3-5-7 Model and is being implemented in our programs.
By Dr. Darla Henry

Utilization of three (3) tasks, five (5) questions and seven (7) skills.

3 – Tasks

  1. Tamassee DAR School utilizes clarification activities such as Life Books to help each child to identify life events and to engage in grieving opportunities towards reconciling the losses in their lives.
  2. Integration activities, such as building family collages or picture books are used to help each child in building and rebuilding relationships through the attachment process and giving meaning to those relationships
  3. Actualization activities are used to help each child visualize permanency (the sense of feeling safe and belonging; claiming identity). It is the ability of the child to begin to see a possible permanent future with a family, parent or guardian.

5 – Questions

Five (5) questions are used by Tamassee DAR School to help guide children that have experienced trauma in their lives and to explore those issues that have thrown them off their development course. Through the work of the 3 tasks and in answering the 5 questions, children begin to find answers they need to move forward.

  1. Who am I?
  2. What happened to me?
  3. Where am I going?
  4. How will I get there?
  5. When will I know I belong?

7 – Skill Elements

Tamassee DAR School staff are trained and committed in utilizing the seven (7) elements that support the work of children in grieving and relationship building. These critical skills are:

  1. Engage children and families in activities that explore their lives.
  2. Recognize that painful feelings are expressed in the behaviors of those who have been traumatized.
  3. Listen and to be present to the expression of all thoughts and feelings.
  4. Affirm the pain and hurts of children from these experiences
  5. Be present in order to provide the opportunity for individuals to do the work of grieving their losses and processing their emotions.
  6. Offer a safe space for the expression of feelings and exploring thoughts.
  7. Respond briefly to each child’s efforts to process feelings/thoughts about life events.