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Play Care

January 19th, 2013 by admin

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Parenting Classes

January 19th, 2013 by admin

Parenting Classes are designed to enhance skills of parenting in the areas of establishing an appropriate parenting plan and setting healthy rules and boundaries. Good parenting is showing your children right from wrong. These lessons are learned best by example: not, “do as I say not do as I do”!

This process is called modeling behavior. Parents are children’s first exposure to how the world works. They learn from everything in their environment.

That is, the good, the bad and the ugly!

Parents who are candid about mistakes with their children are being honest and children are more likely to realize mistakes are a part of life. However, despite the imperfection that exist during parenting, consistently maintaining positive discipline, child development, effective stress management and ongoing implementation of all the parenting plans will assist parents in the goal of molding compliant, considerate, cooperative, productive, socially responsible, financially independent children.

Co-Parenting Classes

August 23rd, 2012 by admin

Co-parents typically are in a situation where the parents are not in a marriage, cohabitation or romantic relationship with one another. The purpose of maintaining this long-term, formal or informal, agreement or plan to help provide the necessary support and resources to meet the needs of minor children they share.

If you are a parent sharing custody of a child and or have been ordered by the family court to build your co-parenting skills, our online co-parenting training classes will assist you to gain co-parenting skills to better understand the complex issues that arise out of divorce, separation and custody disputes as well as parenting with blended families and multiple care-givers. You may also call our office to set up face to face training with an educator or therapist. Either method will help you better understand how to navigate through tough situations while making the best parenting decisions for their children. Both methods are also court approved and provide a certificate of completion that you may present to the court for compliance.


August 23rd, 2012 by admin

Parental Alienation is a disorder that arises primarily in the context of a child custody dispute and children may refuse or sabotage visitation with a parent or caregiver with whom they previously enjoyed a positive relationship. It is important for the therapist to differentiate realistic estrangement from parental alienation. Realistic estrangement occurs in the context of visit refusals relating to inadequate parenting, neglect, and/or abuse. Pathologically alienated children may denigrate and lobby allegations of mistreatment and abuse against a previously cherished parent that cannot be confirmed. Typically these children display anger, hatred and fear toward the rejected parent that is significantly disproportionate to any of the misdeeds they claim that parent may have committed

When children are alienated from a parent their behavior may be so outrageous during contact with their parent that visits become unsafe or impossible. Reunification involves the therapist facilitating the visits between the child and the rejected parent. This intervention occurs following intensive treatment with both the parents and the child. Treatment is family focused with the therapist working with each parent and the children toward the goal of reestablishing a more appropriate child/parent relationship. The therapist may also work with extended family including new step parents, step siblings or grandparents.

Reunification involves treatment of all family members that is usually court ordered. The best scenario for these cases involves early intervention before the alienation can become fully entrenched. Successful treatment will be related to a court order that links the treatment to the sanctioning and monitoring of the courts until such time that normal parent/child contact resumes.

Supervised Visitation

August 23rd, 2012 by admin

The goal of Supervised Visitation services is to observe and objectively report the interaction between a child and their non-custodial parent.   Supervised visitation may be ordered by a court to minimize visitation-related conflict between custodial and non-custodial parents, to support the development of parenting skills, to assist in rebuilding a healthy parent-child relationship, and to prevent child abuse.

Supervised Exchanges

August 23rd, 2012 by admin

Supervised or (Safe) Exchanges are an excellent way to allow your children to transition from one parent to another in a controlled atmosphere that is designed to protect all parties involved in the exchange.

Private Mediation

August 23rd, 2012 by admin

  • Tired of going to court?
  • Tired of paying lawyer fees and still not getting the family problems resolved?
  • Tired of the manipulations and games surrounding your rights to time with your children?
  • Tired of the child support drama?
  • Ready to stop the madness and learn skill to resolve your family conflicts?
  • Take control of your destiny! Stop fighting with your co-parent.

Learn the skills you need to effectively negotiate and compromise so your children can benefit with parents who show consideration, empathy, love, cooperation and teamwork to raise their children in a healthier less stressful environment. Become a parent who truly puts the needs of the children first!

Call today to get an appointment to come to the bargaining table. Get serious about what’s best for your children and be assisted to compromise and come to mutually acceptable shared visitation plan and monthly child support payment amount. Be assisted to call a truce on the character assassinations, anger, resentment and lashing out towards your co-parent. Yes we can help you do all this in a just few private mediation sessions.

Remember! It’s the Teamwork that makes the Dream work!!!

Family Management & Planning

August 23rd, 2012 by admin

A Family consist of two or more persons who perceive that they are connected to exist as a group to live, love and laugh together. Each family member has a role or rank in the family structure in most cases. However, based on the variety of factors, events, tasks, chores, needs and duties that must be carried out, the members of a family may need to be open to role reversals, switch jobs, tasks, chores or expectations due to changing circumstances, health issues, childbirth, injury, aging, changing economics or unforeseen occurrences and changes within the family unit.

The saying all for one and one for all come to mind in that, the members of a family need a team spirit and must be flexible to be able to successfully cope with the success, joys, problems and disappointments that daily life brings.

A successful family unit needs to do a regular self-assessments to establish the current needs of the family group as a whole. To successfully manage a family each individual family member must be willing to participate and cooperate to perform task that address the needs of the family. Examples: Provide mental, emotional and aesthetic needs for all family members. Performing many other service such as cooking, cleaning, laundry services, teaching social skills, disciplinary training and guidance. The titles provider, homemaker, child care provider, and so on maybe warn by one or by all of a co-parenting team at any given time for as needed back and forth or on and off. The main point is that all parents involved work together with the goal to provide for each family members needs as much as possible. The goal is for each family member’s needs are met as much as possible. Usually the family head & assistants determines what direction the family as a unit will go by setting goals and objectives for each family member. Family heads and assistants usually provide social, spiritual and moral guidance. Also a family head who is balanced and progressive also encourages each family member to pursue personal goals and development so each single family member at some point becomes mature and self-sufficient enough to break off to start a new family unit of their own. Many skills must be learned and applied for an individual to be ready to move forward in this way. Communication skills, unselfish-love, compassion, empathy, tolerance and patience just a few of the characteristics that must be employed to successfully manage a family. Each family member treating the other with love, dignity and respect. These are all key factors to successfully managing a family unit.

*Call today! Learn the skills you need to create the love, peace, harmony and cooperation you desire in your Family.

T-ogether, E-veryone, A-ccomplishes, M-ore!

Each family will be different and diverse so the above suggestions are a guideline and you may need to consult with researchers and or licensed professionals to address your individual family needs.

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Pregnancy Prevention

August 23rd, 2012 by admin

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program utilizes pregnancy vest, which simulates being pregnant, infant simulator to heighten teen awareness of the grave responsibilities of parenting a child. The infant simulator is taken home to allow the student to demonstrate their skill or lack of ability to care for a small infant. Drug & Alcohol affected infant simulator along with the shaken baby, and CPR simulators are employed to give appropriate educational information to:

  • Prevent Teen Pregnancy
  • Increases awareness of the challenges of parenthood
  • Instill knowledge about the safety around children
  • Educate the student in the basics of choking child rescue
  • Raise awareness of the shaken baby syndrome
  • Appropriate Child Care (infant care)
  • Child proofing home for safety techniques

Teen pregnancy discussions are coupled with frank conversations regarding various consequences and the adverse health effects of unprotected and premature intercourse.

Lifeskills Training/Coaching

August 23rd, 2012 by admin

The purpose of our life skills is to enhance teens and all other family member’s capacity to be self-sufficient. Workshops are provided in the following areas:

  • Developing Self-Esteem
  • Enhancing Communication Skills
  • Breast Feeding
  • Children of divorce
  • Child Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Transitional Housing
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Vocational Education and Training
  • GED & Career Exploration
  • Sober living ( Path to Wellness)
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