Our mentoring program empowers parents to hold firm boundaries with their child or children, while providing both parents and children with constant support, including 24-hour intervention. It is important to help parents discover, clarify, define, and design a plan to achieve family goals and overcome the obstacles that create power plays between the parent and the child. A crucial aspect of this is aiding parents in the creation and maintenance of a sustainable home contract while strengthening the relationship they have with their child. Ultimately, this will help improve parent-child communication and shift family dynamics. Once the parents are able to identify their unique parenting strengths and reduce their stress, steps are taken to help parents, child, and family achieve balance with each other and succeed in their lives.
The Assessment Process:
Depending on the specific needs of a household, we provide a one-, three-, or seven-day assessment. If parents are unsure as to which course of action to take, we provide both in-depth family and individual assessments. We engage the family in the home, observing how family members function and communicate with one another on a daily basis, and identify the problematic behavior that is creating chaos or causing negative interactions within the family. Our goal is to provide the necessary supportive services so that the family is not faced with a decision that might result in the removal of their child. We provide the necessary assessment to help the family determine the next step.
What is Mentoring?
The common notion that underlies all of mentoring is that these services all offer a vehicle for analysis, reflection, and action that ultimately enables a client to achieve success in one or even multiple areas of their life or work. As specialists, we understand that every individual has unique needs in the family system, from parent to child. We therefore offer mentoring to parents and to their children.
Our mentors may work face-to-face with clients, but e-mail and phone-based relationships are also quite common. Our mentors operate in highly supportive roles to those who wish make some form of significant change happen within their lives. Their involvement includes going to a student’s school as well as speaking with school counselors, therapists, and parents.
Our mentors concern themselves with underlying issues, such as as poor motivation, low self-esteem, and poor job performance, as well as the practical issues of setting concrete goals and achieving results by specific deadlines. Should a client become “stuck” and the coaching or mentoring program is not achieving the desired results, a psychological or therapeutic intervention may be recommended in order for the client to continue growing and progressing. Our mentors are fully aware of the possibility that a client may have or may develop issues for which mentoring on it’s own is not sufficient. Client progress is always closely monitored, and mentors are alert to any signs that may indicate that a client requires an assessment by a trained therapist. Our mentors are keen on maintaining the professional boundaries between coaching and mentoring and the traditional therapies, willingly collaborating with therapists if their client requires such an intervention.