Roger Stanley, Counselor, M.S., Clinical Psychology Pittsburg State University I am a counselor with the Foster Care Treatment Project, also known as the Southeast Kansas Pilot Project to Replicate the Oregon Model of Intervention with Antisocial Youth Families. The Oregon model served foster parents exclusively, however, in Kansas we provide support for both foster parents and biological parents who have children with disruptive behaviors. We work with parents and their children providing an individualized, consumer driven, home based service.
My favorite thing about my work is the challenge of trying to figure out what causes a particular child's behavior and then giving parents tools they can use to effectively modify their own behavior which in turn changes their child's behavior. Funny how that works. Our parents become "mini" behavior analysts in their own right and are a key component to the success of the project. In fact, a good majority, nearly 78% of the children we work with, increase their prosocial behaviors by improving the way they greet others, the ways they cope with disappointment as well as improved skills in taking turns, sharing, and waiting.
My wife, Brandy, and I have been foster parents for the past three years and this experience has often helped me to more quickly establish a connection with other foster parents. In addition to our foster children, we have two sons, Brady, 5 and Levi, 8 months. I also have my own mobile barbecue business and you can find me barbecuing at many of the area festivals during the summer. Along with spending time with my family, I’m a sports fan: baseball, PSU football and of course, KU basketball.