In a parent coaching session the therapist will psycho-educate parents about child development, healthy communication and positive parenting practices. Handouts will be given to parents to help them understand these concepts. Parents will be asked to record behaviors that are a concern on an ABC data Form. This data will help the therapist see patterns and reasons behavior occurs. From there parents and therapist can work together to target specific behaviors. Parents will discuss their childhood and learn the differences between the three major parent types. Parents will then be able to make connections to how they were parented and how they are parenting their children.
It is important to remember that therapy is not a "quick fix." It takes work and time to see improvement. The families that will see the most benefit from therapy are those that are committed to keeping weekly appointments and completing any homework assignments that they are given.