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Support for Parents

We provide valuable services for parents, whether your child is in treatment already or you need guidance for parenting concerns.

Handle challenging situations more effectively

Parenting Consultations

Parent consultations can teach you how to handle challenging situations more effectively; decreasing problematic behaviors in your child and increasing your ability to respond calmly and appropriately. Our clinicians serve as educational and supportive resources for you, teaching you new ways to communicate that positively impact your family relationships.

We address your own anxieties, frustrations, and coping styles, and you’ll gain a greater understanding of your child so you’re able to more skillfully respond to their needs. Parenting sessions are not to determine diagnoses for children/parents or to provide specific treatment, but rather to equip you with parenting strategies customized to support your unique child.

Parenting consultations are offered to parents of children and teens who are already in therapy with us, or to parents whose children are not or refuse to be in therapy. There is strong research to support that working with parents, even without the child, can positively impact child functioning.

Consultations can address a wide range of issues, including:

  • Temperament
  • Child development phases
  • Communication strategies
  • Family dynamics
  • Relationships with siblings and peers
  • Establishing routines
  • Discipline and boundaries
  • Increasing positive attention
  • Setting expectations
  • Behavioral training
  • Strengthening the parent-child relationship

Parenting a Child Who Struggles is Painful

It is hard to watch your child struggle, and sometimes it is hard to know how best to help. Parent coaching and support is a vital part of treatment for all children. When your child is seeing one of our therapists or child psychiatrists, we keep you informed of our treatment plans and involve you in decisions relating to medication. The younger a child is, the more likely it will be that effective therapy will include parental participation.

Parents are an Integral Part of Treatment at The Ross Center

We strongly value parental input, and collaborate with parents to ensure that your child is making progress toward their goals. Your child’s clinician will teach you tools and strategies that are consistent with the therapies we are using to help your child. In addition, you’ll be provided with recommendations on how best to respond to your child and methods to minimize your own stress.

For example, with an anxious child, a concerned parent’s first reaction to reassure the child can often inadvertently make that anxiety worse. We’ll provide you with evidence-based strategies and suggestions for more effective ways to respond. Another child issue in which parent intervention is often the first line is ADHD, especially for young children. We often see parents independently of young children with ADHD, to reduce the impact of a child’s ADHD on the family’s life.

At times, parents may require therapy sessions without the child present, to request guidance and vent frustrations. Parents can meet for a one-time consultation, a few sessions, or on a weekly basis. The Ross Center also frequently offers parenting webinars and programs where you can learn from expert therapists on a variety of topics.

Specialized Parent Training:

Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE)

We are now offering a new, parent-based treatment to address child and adolescent anxiety called SPACE. This novel approach was developed at the Yale Child Study Center by Dr. Eli Lebowitz, and is a systematic program that teaches parents how to supportively and appropriately respond to their child’s anxiety through changes in their own behaviors. By reducing an ‘accommodating’ approach to a child’s anxiety, parents are able to engage in a manner that ultimately enhances the child’s ability to cope with anxious thoughts and feelings.

Parents are taught to calmly accept a child’s distress, while avoiding reactions that exacerbate symptoms, resulting in significant improvements to their anxiety. You can schedule an appointment with one of our SPACE-trained therapists or join one of our SPACE groups. Learn more about SPACE treatment here. We are offering new 7-week (virtual) SPACE groups for parents of anxious children. Find out more about this group.

Specialized Parent Training: Parent Child Interactive Training (PCIT)

What is PCIT?

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (or PCIT) is a short-term, evidence-based therapy for young children (ages 2-7) with disruptive behaviors. In PCIT, parents are taught skills to support their child during live coaching sessions with a Ross Center PCIT-trained child therapist. Parents practice a set of skills on how to navigate tough situations, learning to respond in a consistent, adaptive way when the behavior happens. Good habits and positive behavioral patterns are developed that reduce the incidence of problem behaviors and leave parents with a playbook and a set of skills that they can rely on as their child gets older. At The Ross Center, PCIT is delivered via telehealth so the parent/child interaction is observed directly in the child’s home.

How is PCIT Structured?

Throughout the treatment process, the therapist provides live coaching to parents as they learn and practice skills with their child during the appointment. The therapist provides live coaching to the parent through Bluetooth headphones as they observe the parent interacting with their child. Skills are developed over two treatment phases.

During the initial phase of treatment, parents are taught proven strategies to reinforce desired behaviors in their child and how to avoid arguments and power struggles with them. In the second phase, parents learn to manage their child’s disruptive behaviors and set limits effectively. Since coaching is provided in the moment, our therapists can be flexible in providing approaches to use specifically for your child’s challenging behaviors. You will learn tailored behavior management strategies that work for your family.

PCIT is most often limited to 12 – 14 sessions.

Who is PCIT appropriate for?

Children who can benefit from PCIT typically exhibit these behaviors:

  • Difficulty following directions and listening
  • Low frustration tolerance
  • Frequent tantrums
  • Disruptive behaviors in public or at school
  • Negative attention-seeking behaviors
  • Problematic social skills
  • What can families expect to gain?

Parents gain confidence in their own behavioral management skills and a toolkit to use when challenging behaviors arise. Children build self-esteem and more adaptive behavioral patterns that have long-term impact. PCIT reduces parental stress and enhances your child’s ability to interact with others at home and school.

Read this BLOG POST from Dr. Tannoia to further understand how Internet-based PCIT works. To learn more about PCIT and set up an appointment with one of our PCIT trained therapists, please contact us.

Trusted for over 30 Years

Clinicians who provide Parent Consultations

Psychologist, Director of SPACE Program
Washington, D.C. & Northern Virginia
New York, NY
Psychologist & Child/Adolescent Program Director
Northern Virginia
Northern Virginia
Psychologist, Director of Professional Development
Northern Virginia
Psychologist & Director of The REACH Program
New York, NY, Washington, DC (virtual), and Northern Virginia (virtual)
New York, NY, Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia
New York, NY
Psychologist, Child and Adolescent Program Director
New York, N.Y.
Psychologist, Director of Psychological Testing and Evaluation
Washington, D.C.
Northern Virginia
Postdoctoral Fellow
Washington, D.C. & Northern Virginia
Northern Virginia
Washington, D.C. & Northern Virginia
Northern Virginia

Events, News, & Groups

On-Demand Webinar
Webinar Recorded 05/24/24 – 1 hour
Free webinar to help ease your child's worries about camp, with effective tools for parents to use with their children
Dr Pine offers expert advice to parents on anxiety in youth in this PBS episode
Group Via Zoom
Daytime and Evening sessions currently enrolling for 2024. 7 Week Sessions for Parents in DC, VA, MD and Psypact States
Group for parents of anxious children ages 5 and up. Now available for parents of high school students.
On-Demand Webinar
Webinar Recorded 5/24/24 – 3 hours
The rapid development of media technology has created numerous challenges for psychologists, policymakers, parents, and educators.
Psychotherapist Grace Berman offers parenting strategies to reduce anxiety and support healthy technology use
On-Demand Webinar
Webinar Recorded 9/29/23 – 1 hour
Expert psychiatrist leads training on mental health and the problematic use of internet and video games
On-Demand Webinar
Recorded Podcast – 1 Hour
Listen to this podcast on how parents can monitor, control, and support their children's use of social media and video games
On-Demand Webinar
On-Demand Webinar Recording
Dr. Romirowsky discusses strategies to help parents cope with the pandemic - recorded May, 2020
In this video blog, Child psychiatrist Danny Pine, MD, discusses children's mental health and how to seek help
On-Demand Webinar
On-Demand Webinar Recording
Boost your family's resilience and learn to address post-pandemic anxiety in your child and yourself

Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) Screening Form

Thank you for your interest in our SPACE-informed parenting group. Our group is designed to work with parents of children whose primary difficulty is anxiety with related avoidance behavior. Please answer the following questions so that we can gain a better understanding of you and your child.

Rx Refill Request

Please be advised that the turnaround time for prescription refill requests is no more than 48 business hours.  This means anything received on Friday will be completed no later than the same time the following Tuesday (assuming that Monday is not a holiday).  If you cannot give us that much time, please call the office as soon as possible and do not use this form

REACH Screening Form

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