SWAP Program Model Theories & Systems

SWAP is an evidence-based program, targeted to be an intervention with defined goals and proven results for a specific population. The evidence-based program includes a researched rational for the intervention, a well-defined program structure and timeframe, required staffing needs and skills, specific facility and equipment requirements, and program evaluation tools to measure program quality and outcomes.

Evidence-based programs will increase the likelihood of positive outcomes for participants and provide tools to measure those outcomes for the justification of funding and efficient use of resources.

SWAP program assessments, interventions, and services are rooted in:

  • Attachment Theory
  • Trauma-informed logic theory
  • Person/environment interaction model
  • Family systems theory
  • Ecological systems theory

An evidence-based program is an intervention with defined goals and proven results for a specific target population.  The evidence-based program includes a researched rational for the intervention, a well-defined program structure and timeframe, required staffing needs and skills, specific facility and equipment requirements, and program evaluation tools to measure program quality and outcomes.

Evidence-based programs will increase the likelihood of positive outcomes for participants and provide tools to measure those outcomes for the justification of funding and efficient use of resources.

SWAP program assessments, interventions, and services are rooted in:

  •  Attachment Theory: Bowlby’s theory is that humans are born with a need to form a close emotional bond with a caregiver. Attachment is a protective biological mechanism that serves to ensure the survival of the individual and serves to protect vulnerable individuals from potential threats or harm and to regulate negative emotions following threatening or harmful events.
  • Person/environment interaction Approach: The person/environment interaction approach proposes that the fit between individual characteristics and environmental contexts can have important psychological repercussions for the individual.  A P-E fit occurs when there is a match between personal characteristics of the person and characteristics of the environment.
  • Family Systems Theory: Family Systems Theory describes the processes that affect the ideal functioning of a family. The main purpose of FST is to inform the understanding  and  interpretation  of  the  cognitive,  social,  and  emotional  functioning  of  individuals  in  society.
  • Grief & Loss Theory: Theories to understand grief as a process of adjustment to loss in a world that is forever changed and transformed by it which emphasizes the uniqueness of grief as an active process with limitless choices and possibilities that provide individuals with the opportunity to reconstruct meanings in relation to the loss. The task of grieving is to integrate these meanings into their lives.
  • Ecological Systems Approach: The ecological perspective is a model for understanding human behavior that is based on the guiding vision that human behavior is a function of a person interacting within their environment being fundamentally connected with the world around them.

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