Therapeutic Family Services
Traumatic circumstances often drain families of resources, such as time, money and energy and can interfere with the ability to carry out daily functioning. When parents are not available or are struggling with their own reactions to trauma, they may have trouble staying in tune with their children’s responses and thus have difficulty staying connected to their children. In turn, children may have trouble with peers, in school and coping with their emotions. This is why, in 2017, we began offering child and family therapy services. Therapists work with children of all ages and their caregivers, addressing emotional and behavioral difficulties due to trauma, loss, adoption, out-of-home placement and attachment issues by utilizing the Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) model as well as other therapeutic interventions. Caregivers are actively engaged in each session and are encouraged to gain insight and develop self-awareness so that they can be equipped and empowered to bring about positive change in their family. Our attachment and trauma focused Therapeutic Family Services are offered to those involved in our other programs and also to families from the community.
To learn more and to schedule an appointment, call 410-872-1050.
Meet Kwajera, our In-House Therapist
Kwajera preparing for an activity at our first Therapeutic Day Camp in 2017.
Kwajera's Experience and Approach
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker equipped with an understanding of attachment, sensory processing, childhood development, brain chemistry of fear, and the impact of trauma I provide therapeutic interventions to children and caregivers to facilitate connection and empowerment to heal past trauma and shape or correct behavior. I utilize the Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) evidenced based treatment model and integrate other therapeutic interventions like Mindfulness, Theraplay, and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). Caregivers are actively engaged in each therapeutic session with their child(ren) and are encouraged to complete an Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) and assessment at the beginning of the therapeutic process to gain insight and develop self-awareness regarding their attachment history and the impact their history may have on their parenting style and relationship with their child(ren). Caregivers and children guide therapeutic treatment goals around TBRI principles related to the families unique needs.
As a TBRI Practitioner, I empower caregivers to use TBRI principles introduced and TBRI skills modeled and children to match behavior practiced during the therapeutic process at home to bring lasting change to their relationship and family.
“A means of healing, from one to another.” –Kwajera Jackson, LCSW-C, TBRI Practitioner
“It is powerful for children to know that they are loved and adored even in the midst of their worst behaviors.” – Dr. Karyn Purvis
“When you’re dealing with difficult situations that cause disruption in the home, it’s invaluable to have a support team. We found that support in Mrs. Jackson. She came at the perfect time for our family and gave us the fuel we needed weekly to keep going! She connected with my son and I quickly. That connection enabled her to truly work miracles with us and aid in the correction of behaviors by giving us weekly goals and strategies to cope. She’s a hero and a blessing! We wouldn’t have made it without her!” – N.W. TFS Client
“If we are willing to piece together our stories and see the relationships between what happened then and what’s happening now, we can make choices about what happens next.”
– Scott McClellan
Our approach is based on the principles of Trust Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI), which is an attachment-based, trauma informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI is based on the work of Drs. Karyn Purvis and David Cross. We use this approach in working with children and parents in individual sessions as well as in family sessions. All children and families receive an assessment and ongoing education
Our goal is to improve the lives of the families we work with by healing past trauma and building healthy attachments as seen by decreased emotional and behavioral difficulties caused by trauma and increased parents’ sense of connection with their children.
We accept Medical Assistance (MA) and private payment.
What forms of insurance/payment is accepted?
Medical Assistance and private pay
What treatment model is used for therapy?
Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) an evidenced based treatment modality
Do parents have to participate in therapy?
Yes, TBRI is a family treatment model and the primary caregiver is involved in the therapeutic process. However, the therapist may occasionally meet with the caregiver or child individually.
How long do sessions last?
How often is therapy scheduled?
Weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly depending on your family’s needs