Assessments are the first stage of a treatment process, but mental health assessments may also be used for other varying purposes. The assessment includes social and biographical information and direct observations. An assessment is most commonly carried out for clinical and therapeutic purposes, to establish a diagnosis and formulation of the individual's needs, as well as to plan the individual's care and treatment. Assessments will be provided at Empowering Parents.
Family Therapy: The focus of this service is to correct family dysfunction so that the children of the family may remain in their home rather than be placed in alternative care or, if in placement, be reunited with the family. The service should be of limited duration, generally three months to two years. Services shall include family therapy sessions, if recommended, including structured interaction led by the provider, communication exercises, role playing, task assignment and analysis, and parenting skills training. This service is provided on a sliding fee scale or insurance basis.
Individual Therapy: The focus of this service is to provide one-on-one services with clients to focus on their specific needs. The goal is to work through whatever concerns or issues that has caused great distress into their lives. This process should help clients find ways to master coping skills and talk through various problems and receive open and honest feedback in ways to address certain situations. This service is provided by a sliding fee scale or insurance basis.
This is not considered “therapy” as this service is primarily necessary to work with adults who have high conflict in raising children. This service is utilized in circuit and family court and goals are to teach parents how to work together. The goal is to specifically work on the issues at hand and how parents can find a way in parenting their children with minimal friction. This is not used as a mediation tool, however; if we are successful than it is possible a parenting plan can be utilized. This is not an insurance-based program and will be utilized through the sliding fee scale.
Parent Aide services include the placement of a trained parent aide in the home of a family authorized by the Children's Division as part of the family/client's case service plan. The family must have an open Family Centered Services and/or Family Centered Out of Home Care case with Children's Division. At least one parent and one child must be present. Services will be provided primarily in the home of the family/client. The contractor may assist the parent(s) in the development of parenting and home management skills through both teaching and modeling, with the goal of reaching an acceptable level of family functioning, including maintenance of the physical environment. With the use of our innovative parent aide handbook, our parents and parent aides can work to effectively achieve necessary components in supporting parent-child reintegration.
Coming in 2021/2022 EPKC will be providing behavioral parent aides to assist parents who have significant struggles with their childrens' behaviors. This behavioral modification approach will be specifically focused on parent-child relationships, behavioral modification strategies, and creating an appropriate home structure.
PARENT EDUCATION & TRAINING
The Parenting Education and Training Program will bring evidence-based, parent education and training to the clients. The object is to bring a consistent standard of quality services resulting in positive outcomes for children and families. It is desired that the parent be able to demonstrate one or more new skills taught by the contractor in their program. To verify the client's modeling competency-based instructional program the contractor will make at least one visit outside the instructional program to the client(s) home to observe, facilitate, and give feedback to the parent on their parenting skills. We utilize Nurturing Parenting program as this program is trauma based and provides skills to parents to learn empathy and appropriate discipline strategies.
Empowering Parents utilizes the Anger Management Workbook and Curriculum by Richard Pfeiffer, M.Div, Ph.D. This twelve-week curriculum focuses on understanding the situations and components of where anger comes from and the various other emotions that often accompany anger as symptoms. The course utilizes an anger log to identify anger triggers so that meaningful coping mechanisms can be developed to ward off anger spirals. Throughout the workbook, clients learn assertive communication, which increases their ability to compromise. They also learn conflict resolution techniques by following a 10-step method. The course provides examples of techniques for managing stress and anxiety, which are key contributors to anger. Finally, we have multiple lessons that touch on meditation and mindfulness as tried and true coping mechanisms for regulating and maintaining calmness before, during, and after stressful situations.
PARENTS FOR PARENTS
Empowering Parents KC has been chosen as the pilot agency for the launch of Jackson County’s Parents for Parents (P4P) program. The P4P program is a mentor approach to helping parents navigate through the Family Court process. This program has been evaluated and successfully copied in other states and is now being implemented for the first time in Missouri. The P4P program will include assigning Parent Mentors who have successfully navigated Family Court themselves to support clients in their journey through the court system. The program will provide wrap-around services to the clients referred to the program by the Court, and provide a level of case management for these families.