Life is filled with ups and downs, and Christian Family Care is here to help you through our Family Coaching program. We want to help your family thrive in every season of life!
Parenting is one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences. We all have times when caring for our children can be especially difficult. The best parenting response may not be as obvious as we wish it were during those challenging times.
When your family experiences a tough situation, our Family Coaches want to be here for you. Our experienced team draws on their expert understanding of attachment, child development, family systems theory, birth order theory, trauma-informed care, behavior modification, and foundational biblical principles.
Our Family Coaches have experience applying clinical understanding to help families with children of all ages and backgrounds. They have significant expertise in supporting families that are currently in the process of providing foster care or pursuing adoption, which makes them especially well equipped to guide most families in almost any situation.
What is Family Coaching?
Family coaching sessions are typically 75 minutes long and include three to six sessions where our coaches meet with one or multiple caregivers without their children present. This creates a supportive space where you, the parent or caregiver, can speak openly about the issues or concerns you have going on in your home environment.
After learning about you and your parenting style, your unique family characteristics, and the external factors that are influencing your family, our coaches will work with you in providing key psychoeducational principles that can help you parent more effectively.
Families have expressed that they love Family Coaching services because they find that their coach creates a warm, non-judgmental, supportive atmosphere where they can be open and honest about the challenges they face and be encouraged and discipled to grow and flourish!
Frequently Asked Questions
I am seeking help for my child. What is the difference between family coaching and counseling?
Family coaching is often used by parents or caregivers that are not quite ready to receive counseling services, but are facing challenging circumstances and are interested in learning and growing. Many of the families we work with tend to have an “I want to be able to fix this myself” attitude.
Although most family coaching is to help the child(ren) within the home, parents or caregivers are the individuals participating in the coaching process. Family coaching differs from counseling in that it is less intense in nature. Family Coaching has a psychoeducational and skill-building focus, while counseling is the process of dissecting specific thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as well as past experiences that may play a role in the client’s present and future.
Our coaches draw upon the same clinical understanding of attachment, emotional regulation, and child development that a counselor utilizes, and they share that information in very practical ways.
Family coaching is present-focused. Our coaches will work with you to formulate a specific plan of action to address the needs of your unique family.
What type of issues does family coaching address?
Most of our clients are seeking guidance in navigating the challenging behaviors of their children.
Examples of the most common presenting issues we help families address are:
· Challenging childhood behaviors (tantrums, disrespect, lying, disobedience, anxiety, etc.)
· Fighting among siblings
·Parenting children who have a trauma history
· Parenting adopted children
· Developmental challenges (infant/newborn sleep schedules, balancing structure and trust with teens, etc.)
· Caregiver parenting styles
· Strengthening attachment
· Blending families
· Improving family communication
· Balancing a nurturing and structured parenting approach
· Caregiver burnout/self-care
· Navigating grief and loss
· Thriving as a parent throughout a stressful season
Are family coaches also counselors?
Family coaches may or may not be licensed clinicians. Family coaches most often have the experience of parenting their own biological or foster children, and they are highly skilled in navigating a variety of family dynamics.
Is family coaching only utilized when addressing problems with children?
No. Some families have requested family coaching proactively to help them prepare for an upcoming family transition (move, adoption, deployment, job change etc.) Caregivers have also sought family coaching to help them learn healthy parenting skills.
What types of interventions do your family coaches use?
Our coaches utilize parenting interventions from Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®), Integrative Parenting, Circle of Security®, Bryan Post, Dan Siegel, and other leaders in the field. If you would like to receive an introduction to the style and types of training our family coaches provide, please check out our online trainings at Family Care Learning.