Parent Services - Many of our services focus on aiding parents with addressing challenging behaviors, developing effective skills for childhood disorders, or improving the quality of life for families. All of our approaches are designed to improve the relationship between parent and child and empower parents.
- Parent-Child Interaction Training: PCIT is designed to improve the relationship between a parent/caregiver and their child. It is one of the most effective treatments for children with significant behavior problems between the ages of 3 and 7 years. PCIT is 16-20 sessions and teaches parents skills that professionals (psychologists, family therapists, teachers...) use to improve child behavior. Parents receive live coaching from a clinician while interacting with their child in the clinic.
- Positive Parenting/Helping the Noncompliant Child: This approach uses clinical consultation to teach parents specific skills/strategies to use in the home and may feature parent-only and parent-child sessions with the therapist. It is often highly effective in addressing a variety of parenting challenges, but is less intense than PCIT and is usually recommended as a first step.
- Parent Stress Management: Parenting is typically a highly stressful experience and parents are likely to encounter situations they could never have anticipated. They may then develop a pattern of behavior they do not like (e.g., "I'm always yelling/nagging/punishing!"). This service is focused on helping parents identify and respond more productively to their own emotional experiences in parenting so they can "be the kind of person they want to be." It emphasizes application of ACT-based principles in parenting.
- Psychoeducation: Some amount of psychoeducation is typically involved at the end of all child assessments, but parents may still have many questions about their child's diagnosis, what it means, and what to expect. We offer extended psychoeducation to help parents understand their child's unique needs so they can more effectively advocate for and help their child.