Therapeutic Visitation Program
Our mission is to provide specialized therapeutic visitation services for children and parents. We partner with families impacted by attachment disruption, loss, separation, high conflict divorce and custody, and histories of trauma to strive for healing, growth, and overall child and family well-being through therapeutic interventions. We are dedicated to providing quality clinical services to each child and family from a child-centered approach. We are also committed to teaching, training and supervising Master’s and Doctoral students to add to our community’s availability of skilled clinicians who have a specialty in meaningful and effective child and family therapy.
The Therapeutic Visitation Program is a center based program that provides child-focused therapeutic intervention within the context of supervised visitation. In addition to our staff of seasoned clinicians, Master’s and Doctoral level in-training clinicians partner with families, professionals, and systems to create individualized therapeutic plans for various family structures in need of a higher level of support to experience healthy familial visitation. A flexible approach is applied to work with the family system, and the well-being, emotional health, and safety of the child are continually assessed. The primary goals of the program are to increase parent-child relationship attunement, including the increase of healthy emotional availability, and to repair the trauma and attachment disruption impacts on children.
Families that are referred to the program go through an individualized assessment period which aims to assess the unique familial interactions, therapeutic needs, and formulate treatment goals, all through the lens of the child. Based on the assessment of the therapist, and with specific consideration around the needs and well-being of the child(ren), the therapist may meet individually with each parent, the child, or a combination of both. After the assessment period is complete, and a level of therapeutic readiness is demonstrated, weekly sessions will be provided. Therapists may utilize a blend of Infant Mental Health, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, play therapy techniques, art therapy techniques, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, etc. to best meet with individualized needs of the family system.
The Therapeutic Visitation Program provides service to children in foster care, as well as families referred through court. Limited space is available; when openings exist, referrals are made through Monroe County Department of Human Services or Monroe County Family Court.