Spurwink provides behavioral health and education services for children, adults and families.
VISION OF SUCCESS
Children, adults and families affected by behavioral health challenges and developmental disabilities living healthy, engaged lives in their communities.
IN 1960, SPURWINK SERVED 8 BOYS
We began with one house in Portland, Maine. Today, Spurwink has 37 active homes serving children, and another 18 homes serving its adult program.
Spurwink’s 4 special education schools serve children ranging from 5 to 21 years of age.
Starting with a handful of employees, Spurwink today draws much of its strength from its nearly 1200 employees.
Our values remain the same. They are the cornerstone of what we do and how we deliver services: Developing positive self regard in those we serve by honoring and respecting who they are, and then building upon the strengths of the individual and the family.
We go the distance in order to change lives. We bring to bear clinical and educational expertise as well as our ingenuity in creating solutions with clients and their families in order to meet their needs. While deeply committed to evidence-based practices, we embrace new methods, technologies and resources to serve our clients.
Our relationships with one another and with our clients are built on a foundation of unconditional positive regard. We believe that growth and transformation occur within relationships where humility and mutual respect are evident, clear, honest and timely feedback is the norm—even when it is uncomfortable, and mutual acceptance is coupled with personal responsibility.
We are committed to continuous learning in order to improve what we do. We exercise rigor and accountability in evaluating the outcomes of our work, reflect on how we can improve, incorporate proven, effective models into our practices, and hold one another accountable in a culture of continuous improvement.
“With”, not “To”….We view clients and their families to be dynamic partners in achieving growth and change. We are sensitive to the unique needs of families, and inclusive and flexible in developing approaches to care that reflect the strengths and challenges of both clients and their families.
We believe that growth happens best when high expectations tap into each person’s unique readiness for new learning and development. This is why we collaboratively tailor plans for growth and development with every client we serve and in the professional development we provide to our employees.
We are sensitive to the reality that many people today have experienced trauma in their lifetimes. We strive to make informed choices in our interactions with one another and our clients, and in the design of our systems and programs, to enhance the level of emotional safety in our workplace and to foster awareness of what each of us can do to enhance the processes of healing.
At Spurwink, evidence-based practices, or EBP, are the foundation of the clinical work we perform. It is an approach to how we treat and provide services to clients. This approach includes important components:
Learning what treatments “work” based on the best available research
Obtaining the skills, techniques and strategies that influence positive results
Understanding and honoring the clients’ views toward treatment
Taking into account cultural and other differences