PC CARE Parent Coaching
Parent-Child Care (PC-CARE) is a 6-session dyadic treatment program for families of children ages 1 to 10 years, who are interested in improving caregiver-child relationships and are willing to learn new child behavior management strategies. Each week the caregiver and child attend a 1 hour session for a total of 7 weeks (including 1 pre-treatment assessment and behavior observation and 6 weeks of dyadic and coaching sessions). During each hour long session the provider checks in with the family, uses a brief child behavior screener to address behaviors in the past week, does a 10 minute didactic of new skills, and then coaches the caregiver for 30 minutes live in the moment to use the new skills during play with the child. At the end of each session, the provider assigns “Daily CARE” to the caregiver to use the skills during play with the child for 5 minutes every day.
PC-CARE is for any caregiver who is motivated to improve their relationship with their child and to learn new caregiving skills. Caregivers need to be willing to spend five minutes in play with their child on a daily basis. This program is for children between the ages of 1 and 10 years who may have experienced a traumatic event, is adjusting to a new situation, or may be disruptive and defiant. PC-CARE has been adapted into a variety of protocols for a wide range of populations and needs: toddlers, older children, children with ASD, IDD, sexual behaviors, or feeding problems.