WHO WE ARE
Honoring the historical Greenwood District, the partners of A New Way represent diversity. Minorities are the majority. Many are bilingual. In keeping with the vision of the Reconciliation Park nearby, restoring hope and fostering reconciliation are the overriding goals of our agency. These are also our expectation when we meet with individuals, their families, and the collaborating professionals serving them.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT US
A New Way is an outpatient behavioral health agency, comprised of seasoned therapists and case managers, and accredited by the Council on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). We provide individual, family, and group therapy in homes and community settings, schools and our clinic. When requested we also provide support with case management and rehabilitation services. As advocates for system changes to improve the lives of those we serve, our partners are also involved in consulting child serving organizations locally and statewide.
WHAT'S UNIQUE ABOUT THE THERAPISTS AT A NEW WAY?
The most significant feature of A New Way is the diversity of our service providers and the cultural, linguistic relevance of our interventions. From the beginning, the agency has sought partners who have gained varied expertise, and those that have reached out to under-served populations and communities. We provide services where our clients want to meet us-in schools, homes and our clinic. Our therapists are committed to Systems of Care values and principles. In our collaborations with others and our involvement with individuals and families, we are strength-based, client-centered, family-driven, culturally competent, and focused on increasing connectedness in our community.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE NAME
A New Way is layered with meaning. The organizational model, with its shared ownership, is a new way of forming an agency. Families and individuals struggling with habits and ineffective ways of coping with major life challenges seek a new way. As a collaborative partner with other agencies, we support individuals and families "driving" what they need and to work with them in creating in our community a new way that embraces wholly the principles of a System of Care. The foundation of the name, though, is derived from a plea by the Principal Chief of the Cheyenne, Morning Star (also known by his Lakota name, Dull Knife), who called upon his people during the times of the Indian Wars to "make A New Way." This plea sought reconciliation, restoration of hope for the future, and appreciation of one's own strengths, culture, and resources with which to make a new way. It also recognized the importance of creating a lasting relationship with others, regardless of the battles being fought between them. Richard DeSirey, the managing partner of A New Way, has written a book, drawn from the oral accounts of Morning Star's descendants and authorized by them for release. It is still being edited at this time.
THE LOCATION: WHY GREENWOOD?
The building housing A New Way was rebuilt in 1923. It was one of the earlier efforts to restore The Black Wall Street, known generally as Greenwood, which was burned to the ground during the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. This horrific incident is considered the worst race riot in the history of our country. In our once deeply segregated community, Greenwood now symbolizes the importance of reconciliation; the importance of making A New Way. The site was carefully chosen as the home for our agency with the purpose of restoring hope to families and organizations serving youth.
Therapists with A New Way bring extensive experience, specialties, and diversity. Among the specialties are: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT); Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR); Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT); Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and services designed to support children with Attention Deficit Disorders, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Adjustment Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Many of the partners have experience working collaboratively with the schools, with courts, child welfare, senior services, and primary care providers. All are chosen as partners, because they have demonstrated an ability to work capably with individuals experiencing very complex needs.
The partners agree upon and share the following common goals: Families are to be extensively involved in the services. Services are to be strength-based and more solution focused, rather than attempting to “fix the problem.” As such, many clients will be involved for 6 months or less. A “systems approach” is taken in assessing the strengths and needs of individuals and families, and in implementing approaches to intervene on their behalf. Our therapists work collaboratively with teachers and other school personnel, Child Welfare, the Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau, the Office of Juvenile Affairs, Life Senior Services, Systems of Care providers, and other organizations.
Richard DeSirey has been consulting with child serving organizations for fifteen years. These include state agencies, the Tulsa City-County Health Department, rural and urban Federally Qualified Health Centers, rural and urban Community Mental Health Centers, and numerous other private and public organizations. In his earlier years, he was involved in the foundation of many educational, residential and community-based levels of care for emotionally and behaviorally challenged youth. Over the last 20 years, his focus has been on creating “Systems of Care” which are strength-based, child-centered, family-driven, culturally competent, and promote integrated services among cooperative child serving agencies. This passion has taken him away from his state at times, though most of his work has been throughout Oklahoma.
Services are funded through SoonerCare, insurance companies and sliding scale private pay.
Greenwood Avenue south
of Easton Street, looking
north along Sand Springs
Photo courtesy of Beryl Ford
Collection and Tulsa H.S.
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