Child & Family Counseling

PCDA’s Child & Family Counseling Department includes:

  • Licensed Psychologists
  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Post-Doctoral Registered Psychologists
  • Post-Masters Registered MFT Interns

Using the DIR® model, we take a developmental approach to help strengthen family members’ closeness, engagement, and increase personal reflection and exploration of feelings and experiences.

WHO DO WE WORK WITH?

Our psychologists and therapists support children and families where there are complex relationship issues and a range of needs, including:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Complex Medical Conditions
  • Adoption
  • Family and Peer Relationships
  • History of Trauma or Abuse
  • Depression, Anxiety
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Anger & Aggression
  • Grief & Loss

WHAT SERVICES DO WE OFFER FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES? Please see below for service descriptions

  • Developmental Behavioral Consultation (DBC) and DBC Assessment (see below for details)
  • Family Counseling (self-pay or self-determination – see below for details)
  • Developmental Screenings (with Speech & OT)
  • Orientation to Floortime® classes for parents
  • Psychological Evaluation (Autism Spectrum, ADHD)
  • School Observation & Consultation
  • Individualized Educational Program Support
  • Transition Assessment and Support for Teens (ages 13-17)

DEVELOPMENTAL BEHAVIORAL CONSULTATION (DBC)

DBC is a Regional Center-funded service for families of children and teens, birth through age 17, when there are significant stresses on family relationships related to a child’s behavioral, social, and emotional challenges.

  • We take a developmental approach to behavioral problems, which helps to strengthen family members’ closeness, engagement, and the reciprocal understanding of each other’s emotional responses
  • Using the DIR® model, we understand behaviors in the context of the children’s development, individual differences, and the patterns of family relationships
  • Parents play a crucial role, as we address interactions through the discovery and enjoyment of mutually pleasurable experiences geared to the child’s and family’s interests

FAMILY COUNSELING What does Family Counseling look like using the DIR/Floortime® model?

  • Uniquely tailored to the needs of each child and family
  • Based on your family’s history, concerns and goals
  • Children may also help set goals and strategies
  • We provide a combination of parent-child play-based Floortime® sessions as well as parent(s)-only sessions where we discuss goals, progress, and strategies for activating the Developmental Milestones
  • Every family session includes some mutually enjoyable activity – this may be pretend play, music, games, cooking, hobbies, reading, or any activity that engages the family together
  • The closeness that develops in session supports the family’s strong communication around values, limit setting, privileges and responsibilities, and mutual respect

DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENINGS

  • For parents who may have concerns about their child’s development, but are not sure whether a full evaluation is needed, PCDA offers a Developmental Screening
  • A team of specialists, including a Speech/Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, and Psychologist meets with the parent(s) and child
  • The team provides the family with initial impressions and recommendations concerning available publicly-funded services and community resources

ORIENTATION TO FLOORTIME® CLASSES

  • Three-session workshop for parents provides an overview of the DIR/Floortime® approach
  • Discussion revolves around families’ concerns and identifying goals and strategies based on your child’s unique strengths and challenges
  • 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Tuesday evenings of each month, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm
  • $210 total per family, self-pay or Regional Center funded
  • Parents only; no child care provided
  • Parents must attend all 3 classes

PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATIONS

Comprehensive assessments for children from birth through age 17 to clarify diagnostic impressions and treatment implications for children experiencing diverse concerns across a range of social, emotional, regulatory, and cognitive domains, while providing a multifaceted picture of a child’s unique strengths and challenges using the DIR® framework.

PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT AND ASSOCIATIONS

  • Preschool & Head Start Teacher Training / Professional Development
  • Research Partnership with USC / CHLA
  • Continuing Education sponsorship
  • Supervised professional experience for registered staff earning their licenses, including weekly group and individual supervision