CONSULTATION CORNER


PARENT CONSULTATION

The Parent consultation can be preventative one-time visit or phone contact with a child therapist, or the beginning of a short relationship that will include the child. Together, the parent and counselor identify a path that would best meet the needs of the children and family.

  • Meet the child counselor
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  • Establish a potential working relationship
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  • Find out about the counselor’s background and areas of expertise
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  • Share your thoughts and hypotheses about what your child is experiencing
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  • Create a plan for what your child might do during child and play therapy
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  • Establish a follow-up plan for feedback and review
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  • Predict the length of intervention (if needed)

ONE-TIME PREVENTATIVE PARENT CONSULTATIONS

Parents are often interested in consulting about their child for preventative purposes.

  • Seek advice about:
  • How to deal with something that is about to happen
  • How to manage something that has just happened
  • Discuss a future plan
  • Gain a step-by-step plan of action

Common issues for preventative consultation:

  • Divorce
  • Arrival of a new baby
  • Illness of a family member
  • Death and loss of a loved one
  • Sudden loss
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Developmental questions
  • Toileting issues
  • Child care questions
  • Transitions
  • School/ learning related issues

All children are unique! As a parent, you know this well, especially if you have more than one child. The things that work with one child, do not work with another child. Parents are often interested in gaining new insight, interventions or ideas to assist their children. Click here to go to the Self Referral Form