Therapeutic Supervised Visitations
Therapeutic supervised visitation services allow the therapist to intervene and correct maladaptive behaviors of the parents and children, therefore teaching the parent appropriate parenting skills and improving family functioning. Typically high-conflict families who are at risk for domestic violence, physical or verbal abuse, and parents with a history of very poor parenting skills require the use of therapeutic supervised visitation services. The therapists who monitor visitations are forensically trained mental health professionals who follow professional and ethical guidelines and are comfortable offering guidance to the court, based on their observations. By having mental health professionals supervise visitations, they will be able to assist in identifying and attempting to correct any issues that may prevent the parent from having a healthy and productive relationship with their child.
Case-Management Supervised Visitations
Case-Management supervised visitation services, when carefully and intentionally designed, can be a significant determining factor in safe reunification. Supervised visitation, including extended trial home visitation, is an important component of the reunification plan because it increases the likelihood of safe and successful reunification.
Case managers provide coaching and support during supervised visitations to help families make significant changes and life alterations within a measurable time frame. Case managers utilize coaching and support to directly address the issues that brought the children into care, building on family strengths and guiding improved parenting.