You care so much about the families you work with
Sometimes it can be overwhelming and even discouraging. We want to take a load off of your shoulders and help with these complicated cases.
One of our strengths is using developmental knowledge of child-parent relationships to clear up the mystery of recurrent behavioral and emotional problems, and helping create long-lasting change. We are here to support you in finding hopeful avenues of healing for the children and families you care for.
If you have a family that you would like to refer, here’s what you can expect:
- Please call or email us anytime. We will talk through your questions and concerns and together we can determine if our service is a good fit for you. This initial consultation is at no cost, and will provide clarity around the next step forward.
- We will support you in taking the referral to FAPT for funding and send one of our therapists along at your request. Please confirm through email the dates and amount of funding that was approved.
- If you are requesting our Intensive Therapeutic Intervention Service, we will set up a date with the parents for the attachment evaluation. This gives us an understanding of the child’s attachment patterns, emotion regulation patterns and trauma symptoms which provides the basis for our specific intervention goals. You will receive a a one-page summary of assessment results regarding the child.
- One of our Secure Child therapists will reach out to the caregiver to set up a meeting schedule and begin forming a connection. The therapist will be available for meetings and consultation for the duration of service.
Services we offer
Intensive Therapeutic Intervention (Our primary service)
This relationship-based therapeutic intervention is intended for parents and caregivers who are raising biologic, adoptive, or foster children who display challenging or confusing behavior. This intervention blends therapy with psychoeducation about child development, trauma, attachment, and emotion regulation. It is an individualized approach based on results from a video-recorded evaluation of child relationship patterns and trauma.
Evaluation of Attachment-Caregiving Patterns
The Attachment-Caregiving evaluation examines the child’s attachment patterns and emotional needs, the parent’s caregiving patterns and relational history, and the goodness of fit in that relationship. This evaluation makes use of evidence-based observation procedures, interviews, and questionnaires that yield results for addressing questions regarding placement, custody, and intervention needs.
Child and Adolescent Therapy
We offer outpatient therapy for the children (ages 3-18) of caregivers who are participating in our intensive therapeutic intervention. Informed by developmental needs, presenting concerns, and results from the family’s attachment assessment, this service utilizes a variety of age-appropriate approaches. The two Secure Child therapists will work together to form a cohesive approach that is best suited for addressing the specific needs of both the child/adolescent and the caregiver(s).
Individual Caregiver Education
This ten-hour course is for caregivers experiencing mild to moderate stress with their child and is aimed at providing education in the fundamentals of attachment processes, trauma, and child development. It can be broadly applied to the special needs of children with histories of loss, maltreatment and trauma.
Consultation and Training
We provide consultation for social work staff, administrators, CSA coordinators, and other child welfare professionals to support decision-making around clinical questions, intervention planning, and policy issues related to attachment, trauma, and child development
Group Attachment Security Course for Caregivers
This is a practical course for caregivers whose children have experienced neglect, abuse, loss, trauma, or other developmental challenges. The course meets weekly for 10 weeks in-person or over video conference. It is designed to be psychoeducational and experiential and is not group psychotherapy. The goal is to help caregivers learn additional ways of meeting children’s emotional and relationship needs through co-regulation, soothing, and emotional partnership.