Therapeutic Parenting Services

The VISIT Project (Visitation for Infants/toddlers
that is Supervised, Intensive and Therapeutic)

Visitation for Infants/toddlers that is Supervised, Intensive and Therapeutic

The VISIT Project is a collaboration of the Adelphi University Institute for Parenting and the Nassau County Child Welfare System, i.e., Family Court and Department of Social Services.

The primary goal of the VISIT Project is to help parents engage in nurturing responsive positive interactions with their children in an attempt to repair or establish a more secure parent-child relationship. We aim for expedited, successful and lasting permanency for children.

Young children who come to the attention of the court often have complicated histories which include traumatic experiences such as poverty, neglect, physical/sexual abuse, parental substance abuse, parental mental illness, witnessing domestic violence and prolonged or frequent separations from their parents. These children often have disrupted attachment relationships to their parent or primary caregiver which may result in significant developmental delays and socio-emotional difficulties, which then further fuels abuse and neglect.

The Institute for Parenting has developed a model for infant mental health assessment and therapeutic supervised visitation that guides service and treatment plans and better meets the needs of parents and their 0-4 year olds who have been placed in foster care in the Child Welfare System. This program includes intensive Infant Mental Health (IMH) Assessment and Treatment. The IMH assessment evaluates the relationship of the parent and their young child and provides DSS and the court with the information and/or recommendations concerning the potential for reunification and whether the VISIT Project and other services may achieve the goal.

The VISIT Project’s approach to Therapeutic Supervised Visitation uses the attachment based and psychodynamically informed treatment approach of Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) for caregivers and their 0-4 year olds. The intervention provides corrective relational experiences for a parent and their very young child. It consists of a minimum of 26 weeks of parent-child sessions guided by an experienced clinician as well as weekly individual sessions for each parent. All sessions are video-taped and watched with parents. The joint parent-child sessions meet two times a week for a one hour therapeutic supervised visitation and up to an additional one to two hours of traditional supervised visitation

Some of the key components of the treatment involve: developmental and parent guidance, as well as individual therapy and video guidance to provide parents with the opportunity to review and reflect upon their responses to their children and their own attachment histories. The clinician also assists parents in learning to navigate the problems that may interfere with their everyday living and influence their parenting through, case management, crisis intervention, and assistance building support systems.

The program is designed for families with young children from birth through four years of age who are involved with the child welfare system. Referrals are made by various stakeholders in the Child Welfare system and are accepted at the discretion of the Institute for Parenting. For more information contact us.

For additional information about our parenting programs and services, please contact:

The Institute for Parenting

p - 516.877.3060
e - theinstituteforparenting@adelphi.edu

Adelphi University
Linen Hall, Lower Level Room 9
1 South Avenue
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530-0701

f - 516.237.8512
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