Program Services Descriptions (alphabetical order)
Individual therapy for adults who are suffering from the trauma of family conflict in the context of divorce.
Anger Management - Pathways to Peace
A unique approach to learning to live with angry feelings. Offered in an one-on-one setting to fit each individual's needs.
Child Therapy (Ages 3-17)
Individual therapy for children suffering from the trauma of family conflict in the context of divorce; with the consent of both parents and/or the legal guardian.
Co-Parenting Couples Therapy for Parent & New Partner
Blending families requires planning, preparation and skills training. This program offers a combination of psycho-educational and couples therapy for new co-parents.
Co-Parenting & Parenting Courses - Individualized (one-on-one)
Classes are designed for a 6 session model. The first session is approximately 1.5 hours. Each session thereafter is 1 hour in class and 1 hour of homework. Homework is mandatory-not optional, as the homework is a critical part of this educational process.
Classes are offered in a variety of formats depending on: (1) the court order; and/or (2) the needs and interests of the co-parents. The basic course is still the 6 session model. However that may include joint meetings if appropriate in terms of court and interest of the co-parents. If the 6 session model is exceeded in terms of the family's needs, each session is charged as an additional session.
Once the class has been completed (6 session model), that individual may opt to continue with classes indefinitely or on a specified plan. For example, some people want to enroll in additional 6 week program to practice and reinforce the skills they learned in the initial 6 session course. Some co-parents wants to use the co-parenting class setting to participate in facilitated co-parenting meetings when issues arise that they need some support to resolve.
Therapy conducted with a parent and child/ren in the same session and provided in a visitation setting specifically designed for therapy.
Family Therapy/High Conflict Couples Therapy
Facilitated program to assist with conflict resolution and more effective co-parenting decisions; consists of individual and conjoint sessions as well as information interviews with children when appropriate.
Independent Child Custody & Visitation Mediation
May be court-ordered or stipulation by parties for private mediation. May be confidential or non-confidential depending on orders/agreements.
Intensive Family Restructuring Program (IFRP)
At Transitions Family Program, IFRP services are offered in the context of a supervised visitation agency which includes any activity within the facility, or within walking distance or through use of public transportation.
Safety and security is ensured for all IFRP participants so that family contacts are accomplished in a planned manner which allows all family members to prepare and participate in a positive manner.
As families move through the phases of the process, sessions will transition into the community and into the family home.
About the Services
Transitions Family Program restructures the whole family system, rather than just a subset of that system. We offer IFRP services, with a foundation of Structural Family Therapy
Our intervention is grounded in the understanding that each family system works to capacity to respond to the task of restructuring from one impaired family into two new healthy family systems following the breakup of a family.
For some families the necessary restructuring does not succeed during the first year of separation or effort, and the result is two impaired family systems, neither of which is able to utilize the strengths and resources available to them.
Therapeutic Units, Components, and Phases of Treatment
In IFRP, the primary therapeutic unit is the distanced parent and the child(ren). Sometimes they will meet together with the parent if there is more than one child and sometimes separately. It depends on the individual relationships.
- The first phase of IFRP with the primary unit typically focuses on exploring and processing issues that have led to a sense of estrangement.
- The second phase involves work on healing the areas of the relationship which have become difficult and tenuous.
- In the third phase parties will have resolved their past emotional estrangement and will move into a more stable relationship.
In IFRP, the secondary therapeutic unit is the two coparents.
- During the first phase they will meet individually with a member of the Family Action Support Team (FAST) assigned to their case for parenting education and coaching.
- During the second phase they will meet together for some meetings and separately for others as the relationship issues in the primary treatment unit change the parenting dynamic for each member of the coparenting unit.
- In the third phase, the coparents will meet together for facilitated meetings and create coparenting agreements that facilitate positive child sharing between the two homes.
During this intervention process, it is acknowledged that the primary parent also experiences their own stressors. As such, the primary parent is able to use their FAST contact to check in and process questions and gain support and understanding of their critical supporting role. During any FAST appointment, client confidentiality of the primary therapeutic unit will be maintained and the particulars of the conjoint sessions will not be disclosed.
Therapist/Coach Role and Reports
The therapist/coach is only in the role of therapist/coach and is not acting as an advocate or evaluator. As such, the therapist/coach will not give recommendations for custody/visitation. The therapist/coach may make observations and suggestions about what might be of benefit to assist the family
If the court orders that a report be submitted, it will outline the progress as it relates to the stages described above and include any critical incidents which may occur during the process.
Outside of a court order that specifies that a report is to be issued, no report will be generated to ensure compliance with confidentiality and privilege requirements.
Role of the Therapist
A therapist in the role providing court-ordered therapy cannot make recommendations to the court but can make suggestions.
Recommendations can only be made by a therapist when that therapist has been court ordered to take an evaluator role, rather than the role of a therapist, and has been specifically ordered by the court to make recommendations.
A therapist cannot make recommendations or suggestions to the court about a child unless the court, a Guardian ad Litem (GAL), or a Minor's Counsel has waived the privilege of the child. This waiver can be addressed by the court ordering the therapist to write a report.
Consultation with Other Professionals
Transitions staff will consult with other mental health professionals with a history of providing services to family members enrolled in IFRP services. Treating therapists may make a referral to only the retreat level of intervention, with the family returning to the therapist for aftercare immediately following the retreat.
Parent Communication Coach
Court Ordered or Voluntary service to help both parties with co-parenting communication. A counselor is assigned to be a neutral third party to read through all back and forth communication, and provide feedback to either parent as necessary regarding the communication.
Fees for Parent Communication Coach: $60 per hour.
Email Monitoring Services: A counselor is assigned to be a neutral third party to read through any digital communication (email, text, etc) between the parties. The counselor will re-write communication when necessary and provide feedback to either party as necessary.
$5.00 per email OR $60.00 per month (Up to 15 emails - not refundable if not all 15 emails used)
Co-parenting services with specific guidelines provided by a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT) who is a trained Parent Coordinator for High Conflict Divorce cases.
Substance Use Disorder Assessments (SUDA) / FKA: Substance Abuse Assessment
Forensic SUDA’s must include contact with the person raising the concern(s) as well as with other people/sources with first-hand, recent, and objective data.
Our process utilizes a combination of assessment instruments, collateral interviews, structured clinical interviews, and third-party documentation. Assessment instruments may include:
- Modified MAST
- Four P’s
- Addiction Severity Index (ASI)
- Anger Inventory
- 10-Question Drinking History
All assessments will include a minimum of three (3) standardized instruments, one (1) collateral interview, and one (1) structured clinical interview. Some assessments will include as many as six (6) standardized instruments, six (6) collateral interviews, and three (3) structured clinical interviews.
Urine, Alcohol Saliva and/or Hair Follicle Testing may be utilized. A complete physical or laboratory tests may be required.
Time schedule for completion: 6-8 weeks based on cooperation and availability of all parties.
Therapeutic Parent Coaching in a Supervised Visitation SettinG
Parenting skills training integrated with supervised visitation directly during sessions and combined with pre-visit education and post-visit debriefs.