Parents Program

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A comprehensive counseling program that supports social and emotional well-being of children and their families. For 30 years, the Parents Program has been committed to serving families in Newton, Waltham, and surrounding communities.

The Parents Program partners with parents and their community to create individual services with an understanding of both the family strengths and unique challenges. The Parents Program’s key values include: the importance of healthy relationships, a commitment to be culturally sensitive and a commitment to build supportive networks for children and families.

Families reach out to the Parents Program with needs that include:

  • Infants’ and children’s developmental changes (such as separation, sleeping, toileting)
  • Infants’ and children’s social emotional concerns (such as tantrums, difficult transitions, witness to violence and other traumas)
  • Pregnancy and parenting challenges
  • Parents’ mental health (anxiety, depression, marital stress)
  • Our experienced clinicians offer a wide range of services including:

  • Individual counseling (in English, Spanish and Portuguese) in both office and/or home visits
  • Child play therapy and child trauma treatment
  • Parent-child relationship therapy
  • Family counseling to address multi-generational issues
  • Parent support groups
  • Case management, advocacy and supportive services
  • Young Parent Support Services

    Young Parent Support Services provide center and community based counseling for pregnant teens and young parents. The program focuses on enhancing parenting skills, and works to ensure that young people recognize their own needs and realize their own potential.

    Mental Health Consultation in NCSC’s Early Education & Care Program

    The Parents Program’s clinical integration with NCSC’s Early Education and Childcare (EEC) program supports the healthy social-emotional development of children. Services include classroom consultation with teachers, classroom interventions, parent consultations regarding child development and direct work with individual children and families.

    Supporting parents and their children

    What distinguishes NCSC is the integration of the Brazelton Touchpoints Approach within our programs. Based on decades of infant research and the work of Dr. T. Berry Brazelton of Boston’s Children’s Hospital, the Touchpoints Approach lays the vital foundation for children’s healthy development by building the competence and confidence of parents and by promoting strong partnerships between parents and providers.

    As an official Touchpoints Site, NCSC trains all staff in this innovative approach to child development and relationships.

    Susan Sklan

    Phone: (617) 969-5906 x 125

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