The Great Expectation re entry model began taking form in 1974 based on much of the experience, programming and research. Byrd began developing the model while serving as Director of Veterans Affairs for the University of Alabama. The initial experimental design population consisted of over 3000 veterans, military and dependent personnel per semester at the University and base d upon the research and data provided by the early members of NAVPA and the literally millions of veterans attending post secondary colleges, universities, and trade, tech and vocational schools around the country. Now decades later NACV and Byrd has developed an evidenced based model program designed primarily to assist military and veteran personnel who are returning from Afghanistan and Iraq as well as with diversion and re entry programs for veterans and non veterans alike transitioning from military to civilian life (GE model can be adapted to virtually any of dozens of readjustment, transition or re entry populations efforts (For example, components of the program have been used for re entry of ex offenders, disabled, mentally ill, immigrant populations, substance abusers, adjudicated youth, foster care kids, TANF mothers, etc).
The Great Expectations model is one of the most effective models of its kind today. It is comprehensive and holistic and uses a systems approach in a transactional and interactive applied manner. The program uses very simple classical conditioning and behavior modification techniques along with some really innovative and exciting highly effective strategies which include a heavy case management and “TOUCH” approach. The touch approach uses 100s of clearly defined stimuli designed to elicit the desired verbal, behavioral and eventually emotional/ intellectual response over and over daily, weekly and monthly until it is automatic and internalized. The participants do not even have to buy into the philosophical premises and belief systems in order for the program to work and be effective. The model includes intensive training and education modules in all the areas necessary for successful re entry and it trains the implementers how to design, implement, and execute the program model in order to ensure the desired outcomes and results.
The model is evidence based developed through over forty years of application. The beauty of the program model is that it can be used in virtually any well designed model in a complimentary and supplementary manner. It can also be tailored for virtually any specific target/participant population. For example, it can be designed to work with groups who need lots of time and attention or those who only need a brief concentrated refresher course for successful re entry.
The program works very well in and educational institutional setting because of the readily available necessary resources and ideal academic and applied educational and training environment. The model offers components which address all aspects of the individual to include education/training, health and mental health, socialization, coping skills, life skills, career development, vocational training, employment, housing, relationships, spirituality and ethics, economic stability, families and significant others. The program is ideally suited to 8-12 weeks for 3 hours per week up to 30 hours per week. There is a major screening component, a selection component based on readiness and a major assessment component. There is a skills acquisition component, a strong case management component, a proposal and sales component, a simulation component, a execution component, a support team component, the touch component, a life skills component, an EAP component, and evaluation and long term follow up and tracking component. Read More