Chapter One |
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His behavior, as a child, to eat
whenever he can, works for him
in an environment with limited
food. When he is removed
from the home and placed in
residential care, food is plentiful!
But he does not know how to
regulate his behavior, and he uses
the behaviors that kept him safe
and alive in ways that actually
cause him harm now.
These behaviors and others
that he developed become
behavioral challenges later in
life. He ends up in psychiatric
hospitals and jails often, due to
the constellation of behaviors he
uses to keep himself safe,
however, end up isolating him
from his peers, and he has no
“place” in his community, he does
not belong. This feeling of being
unknown, of being invisible in a
sense, takes away from his dignity
and respect, and he engages
in behaviors that harm himself,
He will not trust the people who
work with him until he tests
them, and the test is this: “If you
can handle me at my worst, then
and only then, will I trust you
with my best. When I trusted
people before they hurt me, and
I don’t want to be hurt anymore.
So I am going to test you with my
behavior, and I am going to push
and push and push until I know
you will not hurt me.”
This man has been served by an
organization using The Mandt
in Canada for over a
year now. In the year prior to The
he had 31 police involvements,
and since becoming part of
this organization he has had 3.
Previously he was hospitalized
1-3 times a month. In a year
after the services started, he was
hospitalized once. The Mandt
was part of the package,
part of the resources that provide
healing. The core, however, was
the caregivers who during the
time this man gave them his
worst, gave back to him their best.
They did this be responding to
him, and not reacting. Caregivers
must earn the trust of individuals,
and to do this, they must
consistently treat people with
dignity and respect over time.
April 2015 he started his own
business building bird houses, and
will sell them at local flea markets.