The Family Wellness Program at All Faiths offers a safe place for children and families to turn to at the first signs of a potential crisis. Our specially trained staff provide a healing environment for families that fosters mutual support, interactive skills development and concrete assistance.
The Family Wellness Program at All Faiths is designed to help caregivers heal from their traumatic experiences so that they can become the most nurturing and effective caregivers to their children. Caregivers who participate in this program are able to receive individual and/or group counseling, and/or home visits from a family advocate. Home visits compliment individual/group therapy and equip the caregiver with new skills as well as assists them in gaining access to other resources that enhances their relationship with their child.
The Family Wellness Program at All Faiths was developed because of the realization that even when therapeutic progress is made with a child who has experienced trauma, the children do not reach their full potential and benefit without the involvement and engagement of their caregivers. Even the most devoted caregivers can sometimes impede healing with well-intentioned but non-nurturing care giving practices. All Faiths recognizes that individual child therapy alone is not always enough and that the children and families need a holistic approach beyond traditional therapy. Families benefit from therapy augmented with in-home support, guided practice and education.
Parenting Therapy Groups
As part of the Family Wellness Program, Parenting Therapy Groups are facilitated by licensed therapists and follow the evidenced-based Nurturing Parenting guidelines, which provide a foundation and philosophy of parenting that focuses on helping parents learn parenting skills that are supportive of their children.
Self Pay rates: $25 per group session; $80 for intake and individual/family therapy sessions
All Faiths’ therapists provide specialized individual, family, and group therapies for children, caregivers, and families experiencing trauma, stress or other behavioral health issues, including issues around parenting. All of our therapies work to address the impact of trauma, or “bad things that happen,” in the lives of children/youth and their families to provide healing for the family as a whole.
All Faiths is currently one of New Mexico’s leading providers in trauma-informed behavioral health services, helping just over 1,300 children and families annually. Our clinical team consist of 23 therapy professionals, who have a combined experienced of 500+ years and are trained in techniques, which include:
- Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics which emphasize the impact trauma on brain development,
- self-regulation and overall functioning
- Child Parent Psychotherapy
- Use of play techniques, sand tray therapy, art therapy and music therapy
- Nurturing Parenting Model
- Treatment of youth who have caused sexual harm
- Circle of Security Model
- Nurtured Heart Approach techniques
What is trauma?
Trauma is defined as an experience that causes severe anxiety or emotional distress, or an event or situation that causes great disruption or suffering. Trauma is anytime bad things happen to a child or family, such as witnessing domestic violence, the death of a loved one, parental divorce, abuse/neglect, or any incident that the child experiences as distressing, stressful and/or disruptive. Each child experiences a trauma uniquely and how they experience it is influenced by their age and stage of development. Untreated, a trauma can have a lasting effect on a child’s well-being and behavior, which can carry into their adulthood.
Why are trauma-informed services important?
At All Faiths, our staff are specifically trained to skillfully assess concerning behaviors being acted out inside or outside of the family and then address any underlying trauma that may be causing the behavior. We do so safely and in ways, which are in the best interest of the child and do not label the child. Our goal is to promote life-long healing and nurturing families that thrive.
Taking Care of the Caregiver
In addition to working with the child client, All Faiths also works with their families/caregivers. Our Family Wellness Program is designed to honor and help caregivers heal from their own past experiences to become the most nurturing and effective caregivers.
As a result, All Faiths recognizes that individual child therapy alone is not enough. Changes in the family unit dynamics need to accompany the child’s progress for the best results in the overall healing process. Families need support, practice and teaching in order to reach their full potential and healing.
Caregivers who participate in this program are assessed for individual counseling, group counseling, and/or home visits/Case Management.
Our Parenting Therapy Groups, facilitated by licensed therapists, provide parenting education coupled with therapeutic processes. Case Management in the home complements individual/group therapy and will help the caregiver with practicing new skills as well as access to community resources to enhance the caregiver/child relationship.
Therapists and Case Managers utilize many holistic approaches beyond traditional therapy. These include techniques and materials from the Nurturing Parenting Program, developed by Dr. Stephen Bavolek. This program is evidenced-based and uses standardized assessments to measure parents’ progress in five (5) areas of potential growth to prevent child abusive behaviors.