A child’s secure attachment to a primary caregiver is the biggest predictor of long-term social and emotional well-being. This critical attachment process begins at birth. Infant Mental Health Specialists at Evergreen Manor help young children (prenatal-5) and their caregivers bond, create secure attachment relationships, and ultimately develop attachment capabilities for the child that will transfer to all relationships over the child’s lifetime.
This program focuses on physical, cognitive, social, and emotional capacity building, and therapeutic adult-child interactions and relationships, with an emphasis on meeting the needs of the whole child. Services include: dyadic parent-child therapy; individual, family and group parent training; education; counseling and support; referrals to other supportive community resources.
Infant Mental Health Specialists will work with Mom to:
- Build your sense of competence and confidence as a parent.
- Promote a mutually enjoyable relationship and a stronger bond and connection between you and your child.
- Explore your hopes for your baby and your anxieties of becoming a mother.
- Learn together about your child, how to read their cues and understand their needs.
- Reflect on the social and emotional needs of both you and your child and work to meet those needs.
- Learn together how to make meaning of and manage big emotions and difficult behaviors of toddlers and preschoolers.
- Provide information and anticipatory guidance on early childhood development to help you prepare for the next milestone and regression.
- Learn strategies for managing parenting stress.
- Assist with the transition process of reunification when the child has been in foster care.