Parents

KNOWING THE BEHAVIOIR OF CHILDREN

Target group: Parents

Objectives:

  • Parents will learn what behavior to expect from their children at different ages.
  • Parents will complete a daily program for their children.
  • Parents will identify how the changes in the daily schedule of children (eg, meal time, bedtime) can change their behavior.

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Promoting Positive Behaviour of children

Target group: Parents, teachers and education specialists.

Objectives:

  • Participants will make the difference between discipline and punishment.
  • Participants will learn the steps discipline.
  • Participants will learn to establish rules, limits and practical consequences.
  • Participants will learn to provide positive support by providing rewards, praise and encouragement.

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Video-feedback Intervention to Promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline (VIPP-SD)

Target group:

VIPP-SD has been developed for parents with children aged 1 to 3, suffering from difficult behaviour (e.g. disobedience, tantrums, hitting.)

Objectives:

The ultimate aim of VIPP-SD is to prevent or reduce behavioural problems by strengthening parenting skills. The programme is primarily focused on increasing positive parent-child interactions by increasing parental sensitivity and improving parental disciplining strategies. (more…)

Opvoeden & Zo

Target group:

Opvoeden & Zo has been developed for parents with a low standard of education with children aged between 4-12 years old and who have limited parenting skills. Parents with a higher level of education are not excluded

Objectives:

The aim of Opvoeden & Zo is to increase the parent’s own parenting skills. Parents are taught skills that will help them influence their child’s behaviour in a positive, non-damaging manner. The ultimate aim of Opvoeden & Zo is to prevent emotional and behavioural problems in the child where possible. (more…)

Voorzorg

Target group:

The target group for VoorZorg is (eldest) children (aged 9 months to 2 years), born to mothers dealing with a range of risk factors to do with abuse and neglect, such as low levels of education, domestic violence, substance abuse in pregnancy, limited efficacy and pedagogical skills. VoorZorg is primarily focused on the children, but the support is directed at supporting the mothers themselves.

Objectives:

The main objective is to reduce (the risk of) child abuse in children within a specific target group of young, high-risk pregnancies in order to increase the developmental and health-related opportunities of the children.  (more…)

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Target group:

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is intended for children aged 2-7 years old with serious behavioural problems (oppositional-defiant, antisocial and aggressive behaviour) and for parents experiencing parenting challenges. Behaviour is considered oppositional-defiant when the child goes against the guidance of adults, such as refusing to do what is asked of him/her or reacting with tantrums to correction or when forbidden from doing something. Behaviour is considered antisocial if the fundamental rights of others are violated (e.g. fighting and stealing) or when age-appropriate standards and rules are disobeyed (e.g. lying). A particular form of antisocial behaviour is aggressive behaviour. Behaviour is considered aggressive if the deliberate damage is done to another person or object. PCIT can also be specifically used with foster families, families where there is an issue with physical child abuse and multi-problem families.

Objectives:

The ultimate objective of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is to reduce the child’s serious behavioural problems. This is done by increasing the parents’ parenting skills and improving the quality of the parent-child relationship, which should result in a reduction in the behavioural problems and with it, the parents’ stress levels, thus putting an end to the physical abuse. (more…)

Families First

Families First is intended for families with children aged between 0-18 years, in an acute crisis situation that is so bad that the family is at risk of one or more children being placed in care. In the event of an acute crisis, the balance between capacity and burden is disrupted, meaning that the family is subject to increasing levels of unmanageable tension and may ‘implode’ (see Bartelink et al., 2013). It may be that there is externalized problem behaviour on the part of the child, an ineffective parenting environment, inadequate parenting skills, physical abuse, pedagogical and affective neglect. This often takes place in combination with an impactful event (a death, a crime, etc.) Parents often may have their own, psychiatric problems and/ or socio-economic problems.

Objectives:

The objective of Families First is to resolve the current crisis and to increase the safety of the family, ultimately to prevent one or more children being placed in care. This is achieved via the following five sub-objectives: 1) A reduction in the children’s behavioural problems; 2) An increase in the competencies of family members; 3) A reduction in the parenting burden for the parents; 4) An improvement in the parenting skills of the parents and 5) Family members making more use of their social network. (more…)

Multidimensional Family Therapy

Target group: Youth between the ages of 11-19

Objectives:

  1. Treatment Engagement and Completion – Treatment dropout remains a challenge for many adolescent treatment programs. MDFT engages young people and their families and motivates them to enter and complete treatment.
  2. Family Functioning – MDFT enhances family functioning by avoiding fault finding and accessing the natural healing power of families in individual and family sessions at home, in the clinic, community, and at school.
  3. Substance Abuse – MDFT uses several methods, including adolescent-focused individual sessions and drug testing, to focus on the youth’s drug use and dependence. Teen drug abuse treatment is more effective when it is built on strong evidence, is family-oriented, developmentally appropriate, and delivered by qualified healthcare professionals.
  4. School Performance – Parents and youths are coached about how to re-establish contact with school personnel and have productive meetings at school that focus on de-escalating conflict, action plans, next steps, and getting to positive outcomes in behaviour and academic work. MDFT therapists develop an ongoing relationship with schools to troubleshoot problems and readjust interventions as needed.
  5. Criminal and Delinquent Behaviour – MDFT promotes prosocial alternatives to delinquent behaviour and works with members of the juvenile justice system to advocate for the teen and coordinate interventions.
  6. Family Stability – MDFT works to keep adolescents in the home and out of placements by strengthening parent-child relationships and developing new ways of resolving family problems.
  7. Mental Health Symptoms – MDFT reduces stress, depression, and anxiety by teaching adolescents new skills and helping them see life in a new perspective with a fresh set of eyes.[1]

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