Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Strengthening parent-child relationships

– [Dawn] Do you want mama’s hand? – Yeah. – She was unmanageable
at times with the fits, she would throw her head
back, she would hit, she would bite, she would slap, those type of behaviors. I felt like I was not
being a good enough parent. It just, it was scary for me because I knew I did not
wanna go down that road. – Children’s Hospital of
Wisconsin’s vision is to have the healthiest kids in the country. But we also recognize that 90%
of what impacts child health are things outside of
what a doctor provides. So the Institute for Child
and Family Well-Being was created to address
health and wellbeing in children and families
that have experienced chronic adversity in our communities. Things like what’s happening
in the home, school, community, family
history, all those things impact a child’s health. So what we wanna do is
go into the community and engage children and families on what determines the child’s health. – Come on, let’s go to the car. – No. – We are serving families and
we are directly changing lives and we’re seeing those
changes immediately. We’re seeing the effects and
knowing based on the research and following up with our families, that they’re long lasting effects. Parent child interaction therapy is almost a type of play therapy. And what’s unique about it
is that we work with a parent and a target child, and
the unique part is that we do coaching with the parent
so we’re teaching the parent a lot of play therapy skills, essentially teaching them how to be a play therapist themself. Great job following her lead. And because we want
them to be using skills with their children
while we’re coaching them and then also while we’re not around. You’re doing a great job
imitating what she’s doing, she’s coloring so you’re
coloring, nice and calm. – So one intended benefit of the institute is that it actually helps
to accelerate the time during which research is
translated into practice. So often times it takes somewhere
in the order of 17 years before research in the
laboratory makes its way to the community. We hope to accelerate that
process so that we will use the institute to adapt
and then test really cool evidence based programs
within the community setting. And then help Children’s
Hospital actually take up those programs if in fact they prove to be effective or efficacious. – Ta-da. – Ta-da, good job. The first thing that I
saw in Sophie was that she sat for more than two minutes with me at one sitting to play with a toy. After I saw that first
change, it made me feel good and it made me feel relieved knowing that I could do that as a parent. And be able to change and start learning the proper techniques that I needed to to do proper parenting. It gave me such joy when I
would take the five minutes out every single day just her and I alone, to sit and play together. – Seeing her feel like I
did this, I can do this, I did this and knowing she got through it and she was really confident about it, was wonderful to me. I felt like in that moment
Sophie was successful because she was able to
regulate her emotions. Mrs. Talos was successful
because she was able to successfully discipline
her child without my help. And I was successful as a
coach because we taught her these skills and I felt like we were ready to be done with the
protocol and the service. – I am most proud of Sophie, how she’s changed so much and
how everyone that’s known her throughout her life prior to this class, how they can see the huge change in her. And it makes me feel good and proud when everyone says they cannot believe how well she is doing. (light music)

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