Attach: Parents under Pressure Description
The core model of intervention used by Attach is the Parents Under Pressure (PuP) program. PuP is an empirically tested intervention specifically designed for use with multi-problem, high-risk families. The program is flexible in its delivery and individually tailored to each family. More information about PuP can be found at www.pupprogram.net.au.
The Attach program recognises that parents in multi-problem families are under high levels of stress and often have limited support networks. This can make the day to day job of parenting extremely difficult. Further, parents may have experienced abuse or neglect themselves and had little opportunity to work through the emotional impact of their own childhood experiences. This adds to family difficulties as parents often struggle with models for effective parenting and can lack fundamental parenting skills. Attach works with parents to identify and build on their strengths and to develop positive parenting skills.
Learning how to understand and regulate emotional states is also a critical component of the program. There is a strong focus on mindfulness skills for parents and children, and parents are encouraged to practice with their families. If emotion management is identified as a client goal Attach uses a variety of counselling approaches to address this.
In addition, stressors associated with financial disadvantage, poor housing, limited social support, and other difficulties can be addressed. Families work together with their counsellor to develop action plans.
Participation in the program can cover:
- Assessment and case formulation
- Parental self-esteem and strength building
- Emotion regulation
- Connecting with children and developing strong attachment
- Mindful child management including effective discipline
- Substance use counselling, harm reduction, and relapse prevention
- Extending support networks
- Life skills
The program involves weekly 90 minute sessions, delivered in the family home by the practitioner over a three to six month period, depending on the needs of the family.
Group workshops for Dads
Attach-Parenting under Pressure also runs group workshops for Dads at the Child and Parent Centre in Calista.
Referrals are accepted from a range of sources including self referrals, drug and alcohol treatment agencies, child protection services, mental health clinics, GP’s, and other community services.