All of our staff are trained in parenting strategies that incorporate improving relationships between parent and child as the basis for change. These strategies are often based on increasing parental awareness, mindfulness and playfulness while also assisting children in decreasing defensive, angry and defiant behavior and turning the parent/child relationship into a more loving and nurturing partnership.
It is our collective belief and training that typical ‘behavior modification’ strategies which do not incorporate and focus on the parent/child relationship are not as effective as those which place a focus on strengthening the relationships between family members and healing relational conflicts while ‘resetting’ the parenting relationship.
Our staff are trained in the following attachment focused parenting strategies:
Theraplay® is a treatment modality, which helps children to regulate emotions, decrease arousal levels and improve the parent/child relationship, thus enhancing and improving compliance with behavior expectations. Theraplay® is a loving and nurturing approach to parenting and behavior issues. Theraplay has been evaluated by the California Evidence Based Clearinghouse as being an ‘evidence based’ treatment for children and adolescents.
Child Parent Relationship Training/Filial Therapy is a play based therapeutic intervention that incorporates and focuses on the relationship between the parent/child and is based on the premise that a secure relationship is imperative for healthy development, effective parenting and parental well being. The focus of CPRT is to teach parents play therapy skills which allow them to better respond to the child’s emotional and behavioral needs, strengthen the relationship and learn effective yet loving ways to set limits with children. CPRT has been granted ‘Evidence Based’ status by SAMHSA as being an effective treatment modality for children aged 3-8 with behavioral, emotional, social or attachment disorders and their caregivers.
Trust Based Relational Therapy® is an attachment based trauma informed intervention that helps to empower children and heal fear based behaviors which may impact negative behaviors. TBRI® is often used for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma or who have been adopted, however can be used and is effective for all children/adolescents regardless of history. TBRI® originated out of Texas Christian University and has been evaluated by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse as being effective in areas of child trauma and addressing behavior problems in children and adolescents.
Circle of Security® is a parenting program/framework of intervention that incorporates a parent or caregiver’s own attachment history (how they were parented) into finding parenting solutions. The program is geared toward improving attachment security and can be used with parents of infants through teenagers. Circle of Security® is listed as an Evidence Based/Evidence Informed program and is now an international training program.