Triple P Agency Spotlight

IFS was featured in the July 2015 Triple P Newsletter, following is a reprint of the article.

Integrated Family Services, PLLC (IFS) is excited to add Level 4 Triple P – Positive Parenting Program – to our array of evidenced based practices. In June, seventeen of our clinicians completed the accreditation phase. This accreditation allows us to deliver Triple P to parents of children up to 12 years old. In August, our clinicians will become trained in Teen Triple P which is designed for parents of 12 to 16 year olds.

“I really love the parent scale. What I’ve found is they are really receptive to learning about their parenting style” said Judy Kilpatrick, LMFT. She shared successes with using the Triple P videos. “It seems to me it is a video that is generally for all parents and doesn’t target them and their parenting ability” she added.

IFS believes that a family is a group of people who are important to each other and offer each other love and support. During the training and preparing for accreditation, most of our clinicians shared they felt the Triple P style was almost second nature. As an organization working with families, we consider what enhances resilience, triple p  - Positive Parenting Programimproves personal communication and ultimately strengthens family supports. Triple P was chosen by Natasha Holley, IFS Clinical Director, to enhance the agency motto of Connecting the Pieces; Creating Stronger Families.

Sarah Wheeler, LCSWA, LCASA shared “being able to complete the observation session in the home is a more accurate portrayal of the parents day to day interaction with their child. Triple P helps us to reinforce the skills the parents already have while acting as a coach to help them learn new ones.” Sarah went on to share that most parents enjoy learning the Start Routine. This routine is used to encourage cooperation of the child. “Parents tend to repeat their instructions and get frustrated. This gives them a set number of times to repeat the instructions prior to giving a consequence. The structure Triple P and being able to go through it with the parents creates a partnership with the family” she added.

IFS clinicians also share that The Peer-Assisted Supervision and Support (PASS) model has been beneficial with learning to implement Triple P. Once a month, clinicians use a lunch and learn concept to facilitate the process of peer support. It is facilitated by one of triple P - Positive Parenting Programour clinicians and includes a structured feedback process to promote learning of a complex set of consultation skills.

IFS provides a number of integrated services, including Outpatient Therapy, Psychiatric Services, Intensive-In Home, Child Placement (Therapeutic Foster Care and Intensive Alternative Family Treatment) and Mobile Crisis Management, which are intended to improve the care of individuals with serious mental illness. With offices in rural Northeastern North Carolina (Greenville, Washington, Ahoskie, Jackson and Elizabeth City), we have been providing behavioral health services since 2006 and we are nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with one of our Triple P clinicians, please call us at (252) 439-0700 and our Medical Office Assistant will assist you.

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