Building resilience: PCIT, TF-CBT and the Institute for Child & Family Well-Being

(upbeat piano music) – PCIT, or Parent-Child
Interaction Therapy is an intervention in which
we are working with kids as well as their caregivers, and caregiver can be a relative, a foster parent or their parent. And we are working to
help impact behaviors and outbursts in a way that
decreases the way it’s impacting the parent’s ability to
parent their children. (laughing) – It’s an evidence based intervention designed to help children between the ages of two and seven years old. One part is called
child-directed interaction and that part focuses
on relationship building and enhancing the relationship. The second phase is called
parent-directed interaction and that’s the part of
the program where we focus on teaching the parents really
specific discipline skills that helps the parents to handle some of those behavioral issues. He’s totally back engaged in play. That’s all because of the
skills that you were using. – We also offer Trauma-Focused
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or TFCBT. We work with kids between
the ages of 11 and 19. And in this intervention,
what we’re doing, again, is working with the parent and caregiver, as well as that youth and adolescent, and really helping them understand how the trauma has
impacted their development and functioning, and giving them the tools to learn to cope with their trauma. – Trauma-Focused Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy is unique in that it’s
not just talk-therapy, it’s not just sitting and discussing, kind of, the events of the week. Instead, it’s narrowing down to how do these negative events in your life impact and
it’s really going back to how we can overcome these
negative life situations to turn them into a positive. – ACEs refers to Adverse
Childhood Experiences. And adverse childhood
experiences are significant, profound events that occur
when children are young, and most often it refers to
10 different types of events. Five different forms of
child abuse and neglect and five different forms
of household dysfunction. They found that they could explain a great degree of variation
in people’s health outcomes and we’re talking about things
like cancer, heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive
pulmonary disorder. These 10 experiences are very prevalent, meaning they’re very common in society and they’re very consequential. – One of the primary activities at the Institute for
Child and Family Well-Being is to translate evidence-based programs, adapt those interventions and practices for public service settings,
like the child welfare system, and then we test them. We test their effectiveness
within those systems. And then, if we find them to
be successful or effective, then we try to integrate
those interventions within the public service settings. – Brain developments
like building a house. You need a strong foundation,
so we wanna make sure we support resilience and really address any weaknesses or cracks in the foundation as early as possible. So, that’s really the foundation
for healthy development not only from childhood
but into adulthood. Ensuring that the sequential
process of brain architecture happens to help support
healthy development. – I’ve seen parents become empowered in learning a new set of skills. – We’ve seen that the child
behaviors have improved over time on average when
receiving these types of services. – One of the aspects that drew me to this field was that it works.

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