Family Intensive Program
For more information, contact our Intake Coordinator at (212) 337-3565 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to Expect
What might I gain out of a family intensive treatment as a parent?
– Reduction in experience of blocked care/caregiver burnout
– Working, practical understand of your own attachment historyIncreased experiential and emotional awareness of your child’s developmental and attachment history
– Understanding principles of relationally based ways of addressing behavioral/emotional disruptions
– Practicing link between self-care and increased capacity to nurture your child
What might my child gain from their experience in the family intensive program?
– Substantive start on understanding their life’s story/adoptive story
– Age appropriate understanding of trauma and emotion regulation/dysregulation
– Identification of triggers due to their story or their neurological make up
– Age appropriate understanding of their fear of getting too close/dependent on parents
How might my relationship with my child begin to change during this process?
– Experience more prolonged glimmers of enjoyment and delight in your interactions
– Experience “better compliance” with family rules and routines due to reduction in power struggles
Why might assessments be helpful?
In short, assessments are like a guidebook to the inner workings of your child and provide concrete data of how your child’s brain and emotions work in comparison to other children their age. From our vantage point, truly understanding the strengths that your child has in addition to what is causing them to struggle is invaluable to any future psychotherapy, advocating for appropriate services at school, and as a baseline for their growth and development with you.
What happens during assessments?
– Typically 2 sessions, 7 hours total
– Parents are interviewed and fill out questionnaires
– Child takes tests
We as therapists cannot accurately guide you as parents to understanding your child’s strengths and areas of difficulty without thorough psychological evaluation. Assessment can answer questions like: Is it anxiety or an executive functioning issue? Is my child learning like other kids his/her age? What will ultimately be the best context for my child to reach his/her academic potential? Assessment serves as the basis for future treatment planning and advocacy for specialized services at school.
Rennicke & Associates
Do you wish you could collaborate with therapists who “get it”?
Leah Crane, Psy.D.
Rennicke & Associates treatment team is headed up by Leah Crane, Psy.D. a Certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Practitioner and passionate advocate for children in foster care and adoptees. view bio
Courtney Rennicke, Ph.D.
Dr. Rennicke is a certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) therapist, Co-Founder and President of the Adoption Foster Care Therapist Network (AFCTN), and Board Member at Large for the United States for the DDP Institute. vio bio
What happens during family intensive treatment?
– Typically 5 days of 3 hour sessions, 15 hours total
– Treatment is a combination of parent(s)-only and dyadic parent(s)-child sessions
Why might a psychiatric consultation be helpful?
Getting a consultation with a psychiatrist is not always about getting a prescription for medication, sometimes it can also be about getting clarification on a diagnosis, answering questions about the nature and trajectory of concerning behaviors and symptoms, and understanding the impact of medical and developmental issues on behavior.
What happens during a psychiatric consultation?
– Typically 2 sessions, 2 hours total
– Parent(s) interviewed
– Child interviewed
In cases, where children have been on many different medications and perhaps have not experienced a clear effect, a consultation can also be very powerful in obtaining a second opinion about the effectiveness of an existing medication regimen.