The Model

Is universal –for everyone, not targeted to people who are in trouble with their children but for all families with children. We who have children ALL have issues as we raise them—and we can all use help along the way.

Is a relationally based, emotional health focused model that is built on parental strengths — not a “what’s wrong” orientation.

Is based on a family systems model that draws upon the central role of family in shaping and shifting children’s problematic behavior. The goal of these centers is not to treat children but rather to give parents the skills they need to be their children’s therapists on an ongoing basis within the home.

Focuses on the role of parental attachment as foundational for children’s health.

Draws upon neurobiology, and epigenetics as well as attachment theory to convey strategies to parents that protect and enhance their child’s developing nervous system from gestation through adolescence.

Facilitates parent’s awareness of their own answers and efficacy as well as offering professional information and guidance to solve issues affecting their children

Provides individualized skills, techniques and processes tailored to parents’ specific needs rather than relying on a “curriculum” or any pre-packaged program to inform parents in either individual or group sessions.

Utilizes a brief, goal focused coaching and therapy model which involves a collaboration between professionals and parents, is parent-led and in which the family therapist believes that all parents have internal keys to their own healing.

Employs staff -who are above all else emotionally intelligent, warm and non-judgmental and who– in their interactions with parents—model the skills they are fostering for parents to incorporate with their children.

Is designed to provide ongoing training and support for staff in emerging relevant   lessons from neurobiology, psychology and child behavior management

Works closely with community resources that provide treatment for depression, trauma and other pathologies affecting parents and children. Develops strong relationships with community partners who specialize in alternative methods of stress relief including yoga, meditation, mindfulness , dance, drumming, etc.

Looks more like a Starbucks than a clinic and incorporates other community resources designed to add fun and nurturing for parents and children including music, dance and food.

Attracts parents, grandparents, professionals and others in the community who are concerned with a child’s behavior and celebrate that  this is a source of state of the art knowledge.

Shifts communities from an entirely remedial approach to child rearing to a preventive focus on intervening in problems at the earliest possible point; creates a responsive front- ended approach to children’s mental health

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