Parenting Assistance Program

Participants in the Parent Assistance Program will attend a screening/assessment and a minimum of ten (10) group therapy sessions. The clients may also be required to attend additional therapy sessions such as substance abuse classes and sometimes, no cost self-help groups.

Community Health ServicesThe goal of the Parent Assistance Program is to assist parents and families in eliminating the risk of abuse in the home. There are many stressors from inside and outside the family that often create the environment for abusive and violent behavior. The groups are designed to teach adults how to reduce the stress level in the family and increase the coping skills needed to face and deal with problems as they occur. Families that are resilient can deal with problems and stress in a manner that strengthens the family unit and the individuals in it. The Parent Assistance Program is designed to increase the coping ability of the family by teaching skills that will eventually increase its resiliency.

Parents and caregivers are also taught that discipline begins with love and continues with consistency, good rules and the enforcement of rules. Effective discipline requires parents/caregivers to teach rules before they punish. It requires love, patience and understanding. It includes consistency, firmness and kindness. For many parents and caregivers, the role of an effective disciplinarian is especially challenging, because it is not familiar from the past.

Parents and caregivers are taught to identify and practice skills that bring a more loving atmosphere into the home. Effective parenting means raising children in a caring environment. Parent and caregivers who give children an abundance of approval and support are providing an enriching, happy, orderly, predictable environment which facilitates growth. While having firm expectations and good rules for discipline, one can replace overly critical and negative practices with words and actions of care, love, and trust.

Parenting Program Components
Family Systems: How families work
Boundaries and Assertiveness: Learning to live with others
Modeling behavior: Children do what they see
Positive Parenting
Communication Skills: How to listen and how to communicate
Nurturing Self-esteem in Children
Substance abuse: Chemically impaired families
Raising Responsible Children
Effective Discipline
Love in the Home

Parenting skills are learned behavior. Effective discipline requires patience and understanding and includes consistency, firmness, and kindness. An orderly, predictable, enriching environment facilitates growth. The primary goal of the Parent Assistance Program is to teach parents nurturing skills so that their children can realize their full human potential.

Program Content:

  1. PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: Parents learn specific parenting skills but the person that has to utilize them may have other problems that interfere with implementation. Personal skills are needed also, such as communication skills, anger management, conflict resolution, stress reduction and problem-solving. Substance abuse problems will be addressed. Impaired adults cannot implement effective new parenting skills.
  2. PARENTING SKILLS: A person is not born with parenting skills; they are learned. If a person did not get positive parenting skills modeled as a child then s/he will struggle as an adult to function well as a parent. Parenting tools are needed to address specific problems families face.
  3. RESPONSIBILITY: Parents need to understand that power and control are not what make families work. Fulfilled roles and responsibilities form the structural foundation of families. The concept of responsibility is often a difficult concept for many to understand. With authority comes an equal measure of responsibility and accountability. Power is abusive when there is no accountability.
  4. TEAM: Parents learn that a family is a team unit, requiring goals, objectives, and a value system to guide it. The primary goal of a family needs to be the safety, nurturance, and guidance of its children. Other goals can be developed by each family specific to its needs. Working together as a team, creates the strength to accomplish goals that cannot be done alone.

It is important when introducing major changes to a person's life that follow-up support and guidance is available. Follow-up and aftercare should be coordinated with other programs and agencies that are working with the family system. Community Health Services requires an exit interview to review the changes needed, to assist in utilizing resources in the community, and to offer support.

The Parenting Program is a minimum ten (10) session program and can be thirty-six (36) sessions depending on the assessment and the recommendation of the referral entity.

Phone 480-949-8871

Fax 480-949-9723

"Rehabilitation and progress toward that end is measured by the client's commitment to change."

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