Equipping Children with Incarcerated Parents
Equipping Children of Incarcerated Parents (ECHIPS) is a FailSafe-ERA program designed to reduce the trauma and related challenges that children of incarcerated parents often face. The incarceration of a household member is one of the ten originally studied Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE’s). Research has found a distinct connection between parental incarceration and childhood health problems, and school related issues.
The ECHIPS program teaches children social and emotional strategies where they can better cope with the challenges brought on by the situation that they are experiencing. The specific trauma informed interventions include, psychoeducation about trauma, strategies for identifying distressing and irrational thinking and behavior; relaxation techniques; cognitive reframing, and emotion regulation skills.