Fireplay and firesetting are common in boys, especially among those who are showing other behaviour problems. Unfortunately, fireplay and firesetting are dangerous behaviours that not only put the child involved at risk, but also the family and surrounding community. TAPP-C is a community-based program that brings together fire service and children’s mental health professionals and in a collaborative effort to address this costly and sometimes deadly behaviour.
The TAPP-C Assessment and Intervention Training Course provides an opportunity for mental health professionals to become familiar with assessment instruments that are designed to identify and measure firesetting risk in children and adolescents. In addition, the course provides an opportunity for mental health professionals to learn about intervention techniques that are aimed at reducing the risk of setting fires. Special topics, such as child welfare, young offender, and residential treatment issues, are also addressed.
Course material is covered using a combination of lectures, case reviews, and small group exercises. Upon completion of the course, participants are sufficiently trained to begin to providing TAPP-C assessment and intervention services. Participants are also provided with TAPP-C assessment and intervention materials.
Who is appropriate to participate?
Mental health professionals who currently provide assessment and/or treatment services to children, adolescents, and their families.
How long is the course?
The course is approximately 12 hours. It is usually run over 1½ days. Participants are awarded certificates of completion for participation in the full training course.
When and where is the course usually offered?
The course is usually offered twice per year (fall and spring) in Toronto at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. If there is sufficient interest, arrangements can be made to offer the course at a local children’s mental health agency at other times of the year.
What is the cost?
At this time there is no cost for the course, although agencies are asked if possible to make a donation to TAPP-C. If arrangements are made to offer the course at a local agency, then the agency will be expected to cover the cost of transportation, accommodation, and other travel expenses, as necessary. Training materials and assessment tools will be provided free of charge to the hosting agency, with the understanding that they will be responsible for the cost of photocopying materials for their agency participants. Treatment manuals are available for purchase from CAMH at cost (approximately $15). Agencies, if they do not already have a treatment manual, are expected to purchase at least one manual. It is preferred that agencies purchase a sufficient number of manuals so that training participants can at least share a manual with a partner during the training.
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