To increase the child’s capacity for regulation of emotions, behavior, and interpersonal functioning. Kids & Families Together Interventions are based on a relational model of change and are:
Kids & Families Together provides leading expertise in Attachment and Trauma Focused Therapy utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach. An individualized treatment plan is formulated in conjunction with the caregivers and child, if age appropriate, to focus on the goals and objectives of treatment. The treatment plan is viewed as a living document and as such is reviewed with the client/caregiver ensuring continual focus on the therapeutic objectives and goals.
Theraplay® is a structured play therapy for children and their caregivers. The goal of Theraplay® is to enhance attachment, self-esteem, and trust in others. Behavioral problems can often be traced back to insecure attachments in the early years; a time that is critical in the development of self-esteem and trust. Because of this, Theraplay® activities are based on the child’s current emotional level rather than their chronological age. Activities, which are chosen by the therapist, are simple and aimed at creating a sense of closeness between the child and the caregiver. Sessions are playful, yet structured, and guided by the caregiver. This allows the child to recognize the caregiver as someone who is nurturing and able to provide guidance.
Developed by Daniel Hughes, PhD
Children with deep shame can benefit from a treatment model that is complementary to Theraplay®. This model is called Dyadic Development Psychotherapy. DDP is a treatment approach to trauma, neglect, loss, and/or other dysregulating experiences that is based on the principles derived from attachment theory and research. Frequently, a person’s symptoms are his/her unsuccessful ways of regulating frightening or shame-based memories, emotions and current experiences. Caregivers are expected to openly explore, discuss, and if necessary, resolve any of their own issues from their attachment histories that may impede their child’s readiness and ability to form an attachment with them.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) is an approach to treat children and adolescents who are experiencing dysregulating behaviors as a result of a past traumatic event. Together, children and parents learn new skills to help process difficult thoughts and feelings related to the trauma; i.e. parenting skills, relaxation techniques, cognitive coping skills, and affective expression and regulation practices. A trauma narrative is constructed and experienced by caregiver and child; which helps to enhance safety and future development within the context of the family.
The goal of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is to help manage painful emotions. In addition to identifying one’s strengths, DBT helps to identify the thoughts, beliefs, and assumptions that make life difficult. Skills in emotional regulation, mindfulness, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness are taught in order to aid in the process of acceptance and change. Groups for adolescents are held regularly.
The goal of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is to resolve trauma and process difficult past experiences. EMDR therapy is tolerated well by children and positive results are often more quickly obtained than with adults because there are fewer memories to deal with. Playful and child-friendly strategies are used to make EMDR therapy developmentally appropriate and appealing for children. Each child in EMDR therapy is seen as an individual with distinctive needs and assets (Shapiro, F, 2012).
Psycho-Educational Support for Caregivers and Families designed to support the caregivers of children who have disturbances and disorders of attachment. Some of the topics covered in the program; Effects of Trauma on Development, Disorganized Attachment Patterns of Childhood, Causes of Attachment Disorder, Importance of Attachment, and Being a “Therapeutic Parent”. The goal of this program is to help the caregiver become more empathetic, insightful and nurturing to a child who has attachment trauma.