Parent-Child Attachment Counselling
Also available to our young moms in the Intensive Treatment Support Program is one-on-one parent-child attachment counselling with a professional trained in an evidence informed program based on attachment enhancing play therapy.
Research shows that treatment programs involving both mother and child can positively affect children’s cognitive development and mothers’ levels of depression. Youville Centre’s parent-child attachment counselling program focuses specifically on the mother and child together as a whole, or what we refer to as the mother-child dyad. Parent-child attachment counselling is play-based and provides our young mothers with skills to respond to their child’s cues and sustain strong, positive parent-child interactions. The program also provides our young mothers with information on child development, positive parenting and behavioural strategies. Our attachment counsellor works closely with our addictions and mental health counsellors to ensure that both members of the mother-child dyad’s mental health needs are monitored and served.
For more information about this program, please read our most recent annual report.