Parent Coaching and Support

Parenting stress is a typical experience faced by parents of children and teenagers. However, managing the challenges alone or without enough effective skills can be overwhelming for the parent and distressing for the entire family system.
Our clinicians are experienced at working with parents in schools,  outpatient, residential settings. Each clinician uses treatments to increase parenting skills, parent-child relationships, and family dynamics. They will listen to each parent's presenting concerns and work with the family to develop a goal-directed plan for the child(ren), parents, and family as a whole.
Our clinicians use behavioral management systems like 1-2-3 Magic and STEP to help parents reach their parenting goals. These parent coaching programs are based on sound psychological principles and have been widely accepted as effective programs to help parents. 
  • 1-2-3 Magic
    • This program helps parents of young children to:
      • control problematic behaviors
      • encourage good behaviors
      • strengthen the parent-child relationship
    • The structure is made up of:
      • clear, manageable tasks
      • start and stop behaviors
      • little adult assumption 
      • types of testing and manipulation
      • major discipline mistakes 
  • Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP)
    • This program deals with a number of special challenges faced by parents of teenagers:
      • teen's growing independence and increased social pressures
      • dating, curfews, and use of cars
      • part-time jobs, career plans, and schoolwork
      • lying, stealing, anger, and violence
      • use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
      • sexual activity, pregnancy, and early marriage 
    • This program seeks to help parents:
      • understand a practical theory of human behavior that can be applied to parent-teen relationships
      • understand emotions of both teens and parents
      • encourage teens more effectively
      • improve communication between parents and teens so that all feel they are being heard and understood 
      • develop skills for listening, resolving conflicts, and exploring alternatives
      • learn to use natural and logical consequences as methods of corrective discipline 
      • conduct effective family meetings 
      • prevent and resolve challenging problems
    • Effectiveness of this program is seen in the research:
      • 93% of participants recommended the program for other parents 
      • 91% agreed that STEP increased their knowledge of parenting
      • 76% believed that STEP improved family relationships
      • 80% believed that STEP improved family communication 
  • Parenting a Child with Intense Emotions
    • This program uses Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and combines information, specific skills, and a non-judgmental approach that encourages hope and a closer relationship between parents and teens.
    • Basic DBT modules include:
      • Mindfulness 
      • Interpersonal Effectiveness
      • Emotion Regulation
      • Distress Tolerance 
    • This model teaches parents to:
      • understand and respond to children's emotions and behaviors 
      • increase acceptance and improve interactions
      • understand the story of emotion and what makes a particular child vulnerable to intense emotions, including triggers and beliefs that contribute to emotional responses
      • observe and accept how intense and negative emotions affect the child's body and how these emotions result in problematic behaviors
      • help children feel more in control and better about themselves
      • shape the child's behavior and facilitate constructive activities
      • use punishment minimally but effectively 
      • use contracts and reinforcement to maintain limits and expectations
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