The 3-5-7 Model® is an integral practice engagement strategy to support the work of young people and all of their families to build relationships of permanency. As a directional, guided approach, this practice model provides tools for professionals and caregiver parents to understand the stories of loss, trauma, and abandonment that each child and often parents carry with them from difficult, sometimes painful, parenting experiences. Through a program that includes training, coaching and consultation, agencies implementing the 3-5-7 Model® are seeing significant shifts in supporting the healing of children, young people, and their families through grief and relationship building work. Additional outcomes are achieved towards increased worker satisfaction in working with children and families, and in their seeing successful family reunifications and healing.
Join us as we continue the evolution of this very exciting and successful approach to assuring well-being and permanency in relationships for children and their families who have been challenged by family traumas. We encourage you to contact us with questions about the 3-5-7 Model® and of your interests in integrating our programs throughout your services.
The 3-5-7 Model® team honors all families and the children and young people who need their love and nurturing as they engage in the challenges of growing, learning, and finding their way in the world. We envision networks of supportive relationships that surround all in their healing work.
Darla L. Henry is a Social Worker, Trainer, Teacher and Consultant with extensive knowledge and experience in the fields of child welfare, clinical practice, and education. With a mission to build a path toward healing and well-being for children, youth and families, Darla established and authored the 3-5-7 Model®, a practical approach to permanency. Her extensive knowledge comes from working with children and families in all aspects of public child welfare and private practice.
Darla’s doctoral research, Resilience in Maltreated Children (Child Welfare, 1999), along with many years of experience with families, is core to the creation and development of the 3-5-7 Model®. Throughout her career, experiences in child protective services, foster and kinship care, special needs adoption, group homes, private clinical practice and teaching in schools of social work, have all contributed to the foundations of her work, philosophies and practices. She is a national and internationally recognized leader in the field of evolving child welfare practices.
Darla L. Henry, PhD, MSW, MRS
President of Darla L Henry & Associates, Inc., and Developer of the 3-5-7 Model®
This model truly helps to bring the field of social work back to where it needs to be – directly with the family. But further, it now includes the information, knowledge, tangible tools, and clarity of HOW to effectively help children – and families – to “do the work.”
We are still new at using the
3-5-7 Model®. Over the past year we have seen tremendous growth from the case workers who are practicing. They are developing stronger relationships and engagement skills with the children/youth they are working with… and their contact with their children/youth now has more meaningful purpose. Case workers are excited about their enhanced skills and improved relationships with their children/youth and families.
Coaching sessions are very supportive and model a safe environment for case workers to learn and develop their skills. We all learn from the group coaching sessions.
The 3-5-7 Model® has helped us shift our strategies from individual work with young people to family centered engagements.
This model is amazing and has changed lives! I’ve seen it happen!
Stories of Hope & Healing for Children, Youth and Families.
By DARLA L. HENRY, PhD, MSW
WITH CONTRIBUTIONS BY: Celia Anthony, Kristie Esquivel, Laura Hutchinson, Lacy Kendrick, Garry Krentz, Angela Look, Tammy Lundgren, Lynn Radcliff Macadangdang, Gregory Manning, Tina Moore, Marta Smith, Carol Steffen, Lorraine Viade, Stephanie Wolfe