LET & ABLE News
Licensure Education Training & Adolescents for Better Learning Endeavors Programs
A publication of Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc. • Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC
Issue 35 … November 2017
Dr. Recco’s Corner
I have been closely watching the behaviors and attitudes of boys ages 6 to 11 for the last several years. I could watch other ages but this one caught my eye for whatever reason.
I must say, with hopes of not becoming the bearer of bad news, that I’m concerned with this group of boys. Their overall lack of concern for others, inattention to details, privileged mentality, fixation on video games and intentional defiance will change by itself or improve naturally over a period of time. No, that is now how it works!
At this point, for the majority of the boys, better parenting is not the calling card solution. In my opinion, unless they take part in intensive treatment, extra-curricular activities, effective mentoring and develop a passion, they are headed for a rock bottom experience and soul wreatching experience that hopefully saves them from what might be a questionable future.
Like other caring adults, my concern keeps me up late at night trying to figure out, understand and develop interventions that help to resolve the youngsters’ presenting problems. Problems that they and their parents may not be aware of.
I’m asking you to join me in reaching out more to this age group. When presented with an opportunity, please take the time to talk with the boys, encourage them to excel, explain life to them and help them however you can. I believe we can make a difference and arrest our concerns.
Ingredients Of A Good Proposal For Funding
By Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.,D., LPC
Over the last 20 years, I have been fortunate to have nearly two dozen proposals accepted and fully financed by various public and private funders. Below are a few key ingredients of my proposals.
Fact Sheet: This sheet summarizes the entire proposal in two pages or less. As one funder told me 15 years ago, “You need to say what you are going to do, early, quickly and concisely because most of us don’t have time to read through a 40 page proposal.”
Sponsoring Agency: I have found that potential funders are interested in knowing more about your organization. A blurb about your history, the mission/vision statement, focus, credentials and number of clients served per year is good information to share.
Goals: Goals are critical to understanding the purpose of the proposed services. It is important for goals to address relevant and currents issues facing the target population.
Number Served: A solid estimation of the number of participants to be serviced is a must. It provides funders with an idea of how many people directly and indirectly will benefit from the proposed services.
Start/End Date: As surely as all good things start, they must also come to an end. So as to reach their own service delivery and financial budget, this information helps funders formulate their plans.
Research/Theoretical Framework: This area is perhaps the most over looked aspect of quality proposal writing. In truth, accurate and essential information is gathered from the research and theory portion of the proposal. It is critical that the foundation, philosophy of programming and program components be governed by fresh data and current peer-reviewed literature that is less than five years old.
Program Components: Documentation of which services will be provided should be reported on several times in the proposal. Most funders desire to see upwards of eight program components (services), of which the majority should be face-to-face client services.
Overview of Program Schedule: I have yet to encounter a funder who wasn’t interested in dates, times, locations and format. In other words, they want to see how “everything works together.”
They want to see how things flow, what the service delivery will look like, scheduling options and where each program component falls within the scheme of things.
Program Budget Narrative: Though it is often over-looked and too skimpy, the budget narrative helps funders visualize things. Among other things, it explains the rationale behind budget items.
Program Budget: The budget may be the most discussed aspect of a submitted proposal. Thus, it needs to be accurate, reasonable and indicated in-kind contributions. Of utmost importance is documentation of services, units of service and cost per unit.
Participant’s Selection: Due to inadequate planning, participant selection is often an area requestors lose points on the proposal’s rubric. In addition to document how participants will be identified, it is necessary to report on systems that will be in place to retain clients, deadlines, client eligibility requirements and outreach efforts.
Program Staffing: With no doubt, there is not a shortage of clients in need of proposed services. As a result, it is wise to document staffing issues such as caseloads, job titles, staff support such as supervision and opportunities for staff development/training.
Objectives/Outcomes: A major mistake, this section of the proposal is often under-developed or breezed over by requestors.
It is a must that program objectives and program outcomes are tightly interwoven in the request for funding, research-based, achievable, measurable and reported on.
Evaluation: In general, the purpose of the evaluation is to provide systematic and reliable information regarding the on-going operation of the program. Thus proposals for funding should document plans to evaluate the effectiveness and fidelity of services. It is best to for evaluations to be both qualitative and quantitative in nature. It is important to document how the evaluative data will be secured, scored, processed, monitored and reported on.
Criteria for Effectiveness: A report on the criteria for effectiveness can help sway funders in the proposal selection process. This section is when the interventions are reported on along with specific program activities, the desired client attitudes and actions and which competencies/skills will be secured by staff and clients.
References: The finishing touch on an outstanding proposal for services lists out the citations and research used to under-pin the proposal. Each citation and noted theory found in the body of the proposal should be listed as well as other citations and sources used.
Business Entrepreneurship & Supervision Training Program (BEST)
The Business Entrepreneurship & Staff Training (BEST) program is designed to meet the specific training needs of private agencies, out of home placement facilities, corporations, school districts, day care centers and business entrepreneurs.
At the core of BEST are time tested theories of counseling, traditional human development concepts, research-based frameworks, hands-on activities, practical interventions, self-empowerment and optimum personal performance.
The benefits of BEST are include helping agencies/organizations remain in compliance with yearly training, requirements, workshops/trainings are cost efficient, on-site sessions, improved employee morale and effectiveness and much more.
BEST’s Program Most Request Topics
-Servicing Traumatized Clients
-Them, They & Us Team Building
-A Closer Look At Mental Health Disorders
-Maximizing Organizational Behavior
-Child Management Techniques
-Verbal & Non-Verbal De-Escalation
-Millennial Parenting Skills
-Today’s Professional Ethics
-Mentoring & Leadership
-Working With At-Risk Populations
-Effective Behavioral Systems
Books Written By Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC
“Listen To Me: A Journey Into The Expressions of Our Youth.” Recco Santee Richardson, Santee Publication, Flint, MI (2009).
“Parents Helping Children Learn: Your Child Can Earn A’s.” Recco Santee Richardson, Santee Publication, Flint, MI (2010).
“Restorative Recovery Reference Guide: Treatment Strategies For Helping Survivors of Childhood and Adult Sexual Abuse Heal.” Recco Santee Richardson, Santee Publication, Flint, MI (2010).
“Secrets to Great Outcomes For Children From Single-Parent Homes.” Recco Santee Richardson, Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc., Flint, MI (2017).
Other Books Published By Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc.
“AAH!! Moments: Three Teens Thinking Out Loud.” King, Danielle, Cranfill, Jessenia and Greenlee, Najee. Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc., Flint, MI (2017).
“ENABLE Us. Urban Students Reflect On Education.” Collins, Nandi, Dubay, Joshua and Spencer, Donnell, Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc., Flint, MI (2015).
“One Liner Life Lines: Teens Helping Teens Make It Another Day.” Craft, Amanda, Epps, Brandon, Epps, Bryce, Fischer, Michael, Fischer, Shawntera, Fischer, Undrea, Gonzalez, Ricky, Martin, Candice, Pettit, Hannah, Reed, Yelena, Reed-Gonzalez, Vivika, Reed-Gonzalez, Zopheiea. Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc., Flint, MI (2016).
“The growing number of authors is good for our communities”
Scheduled “Confidence Builder” NCE Workshops
Our next eight-week National Counselor Exam “Confidence Builder” workshop sessions have been scheduled for January 2018 through February 2018. There is limited seating. Registration ends January 1, 2018.
Sessions begin Saturday January 6, 2018 and will meet eight consecutive Saturdays 9 am to 12 pm (3 hours). The location is RIY, 913 W. Holmes Road, Lansing, MI 48910
Sessions begin Sunday January 7, 2018 and will meet eight consecutive Sundays 5 pm to 8 pm (3 hrs). The sessions will take place at Grace Cathedral Community Church, 1709 Nebraska Street, Flint, MI 48506.
100% of our participants passed the NCE on their first try!
Our instructors are Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) who have taught master’s level counseling courses and/or are Limited Limited Licensed Professional Counselors (LLPC) who have passed the NCE within the last 3 years.
For more cost details and additional information you can call: (810) 394- 7815;
Licensure Education Training Program
Offered by Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc., the Licensure Educational Training (LET) Program is an effective supervisory program that targets Limited Licensed Professional Counselors (LLPCs) who need supervision.
Coming LLPC Group Supervision
Clarkston: Friday December 15, 2017 (6 pm – 10 pm)
Lansing: Saturday December 16, 2017 (4 pm – 8 pm)
Clarkston: Friday January 26, 2018 (6 pm – 10 pm)
Lansing: Saturday January 27, 2018 (4 pm – 8 pm)
Group Supervision: Monthly gatherings that review caseloads and discuss trends.
Individual Supervision: As requested, informal one-on-one sessions that provide personal attention and insightful strategies.
Communication: Unlimited monthly communication via phone, email and text.
Other: NCE workshops, counseling residencies, business services support, book
club and scholarly writing/research.
The Adolescents for Better Learning Endeavors (ABLE) Program is designed to help school age youth move forward as a result of gaining new skills and competency.
The goal is for participants to be able to successfully participate within the school setting. The program helps participants improve their academics, social life, emotional maturity and decision-making skills.
ABLE Program Components
- Individual Counseling
- Family Counseling
- Home Visits
- Crisis Management
- Parenting Workshops
- Incentives & Awards
- Support Groups
- Exciting Fieldtrips
Services Offered By RSRC
Afterschool Programming • Staff Trainings/Development • Business/Entrepreneur Support • Individual/Family Counseling • Research Institute • Book Writing/Publishing Treatment/Support Groups • Educational Services • Post-Adoption Services • School-Based Initiatives • LLPC Licensure Supervision • Compliance/Regulation • Grant/Proposal Writing • Cultural/Educational Fieldtrips • Youth Programming • Motivational Speaking Program Development • Conferences/Retreats • NCE Test Workshops
Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc.
Recco Santee Richardson, Ph.D., LPC
2500 S Linden Road
P.O Box 321252
Flint, MI 48532
(810) 394-7815 (Office)
(810) 732-6657 (Fax)