Parent Coaching

Specifically designed for parents who need additional insight into their child’s behavior who has experienced attachment issues and trauma in his or her past.

When you’re desperate, and don’t know where to turn for parenting guidance.

You’ve tried everything you know to try, but there’s still chaos in your home and your child from hard places is unable to communicate his needs in a healthy way.

A consistent need Lifeline sees among adoptive and foster families is their need to talk over parenting challenges with someone trained in trauma and attachment principles. Once a child is home, and as he or she matures, families may need additional support as they face specific circumstances in their home. That’s why Lifeline launched Parent Coaching.

What is Parent Coaching?

Focusing on the areas of attachment, behaviors, and daily functioning, Parent Coaching sessions are 45-60 minutes long and provide parents with proven tools and techniques they can use in their relationship with their child. The foundation of the sessions are based on the Trust-Based Relational Interventions (TBRI) from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development. Each session is tailored to the unique needs of each family and can be completed in office, by phone, or web-based meeting.

“Lifeline has been an absolute blessing for our family. We didn’t know what we didn’t know. We didn’t understand that our daughter needed a different parenting approach. The coaching has been transformative. It’s not easy, and it’s a process. But it’s working.”

Meet Our Coaches

Lynn Beckett
LBSW, TBRI® Practitioner
Education Specialist
Sara Wilson
Program Manager – China
Katie Sheffield
Social Worker – Florida
Libby Daugherty
Social Worker – Florida
Ivy Todd
Parent Coach
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Answers to Counseling Questions

Commonly Asked Questions

As you have questions about who we are, and what we do, check out our Commonly Asked Questions section below.

Parent Coaching takes more of an educational approach to helping a parent develop tools and techniques they can use in their relationship with their child. Parent Coaching can be done in conjunction with counseling, if a parent chooses.

Parent Coaching is available for any parent who needs additional insight into their child and their child’s behavior. It is specifically designed for children who may have experienced attachment and trauma in their past. Parents who have benefitted from this service include those who may be parenting through adoption, foster care, or kinship placement. However, ANY parent can benefit from these services.

God has designed us with deep desires for connection. It is through these connections that we learn and grow and thrive. Parenting using TBRI principles focuses on building attachment and relationship. This connection approach to parenting can remove many of the battles and power struggles that moms and dads might feel as they parent their child. Because TBRI focuses on relationships and not just behavior, it can benefit all the relationships in the family.

For families that have been home for a short time, Parent Coaching can help with applying principles of attachment and provide support in the initial months of adjustment.

For families that have been home for a longer time, a child’s growing feeling of safety and security in their home can allow new and challenging behaviors to emerge as a child begins to shed the survival skills that may have made him or her compliant in the beginning. In addition, adoption is a lifelong journey; many times issues can emerge or re-emerge as a child goes through a new developmental stage. A reoccurrence can be confusing and frustrating to parents who feel like they had dealt with and resolved an issue. They may be surprised that they are having to repeat or return to strategies they used when they were newly home. Parent Coaching can help a family sort through and navigate the needs of a child behind the behavior.

Parent Coaching sessions are 45-60 minutes and provide parents with new and different tools and techniques that are different from traditional parenting. These tools and techniques are used in building additional strengths and parenting skills, and enhance the relationship with their child.

Parent Coaching sessions can be done in the office or by telehealth during Lifeline’s office hours.

Each Parent Coaching Session is private pay and costs $40. Parent Coaching sessions may be covered through DHR for foster families.

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