Supervised Access provides an opportunity for positive parenting in a neutral and child-focused environment. With a professional available to ensure the safety of your child. Therapeutic supervision is an opportunity for a parent to spend time with their child and work with a professional therapist in a supervised setting. Ultimately the goal is to improve parenting skills so that supervision is no longer required.
There are number of circumstances when supervised visits may be appropriate, for example where there are safety concerns for the child or when a parent has a drug or alcohol problem or a mental health problem, when there has been a lengthy separation between the parent and the child, or where there is a risk of abduction.
How Does Supervised Access and Therapeutic Supervision Work?
Referrals to our practice come from lawyers, doctors, community agencies, mental health professionals and others. A parent may also contact us directly.
Following a referral, we get as much information as possible to get a clear understanding of the circumstances that led to the referral or to a parent contacting us. This will include, speaking with lawyers, meeting with each parent individually, meeting the child/children, and reading any court related documents.
We then determine and agree to a length of time for supervised visits and the place where the child and parent will meet. This could be at the custodial home, in the home of the non-custodial parent, the home of an extended family member, in a community setting or at our office.
A plan for supervision will be put in place, and both parents will agree in advance to the type of supervision; Supervised Access or Therapeutic Supervision. If therapeutic supervision is agreed to a plan of action for change is completed and agreed to. In both types of supervision a contract is signed before the supervised access or therapeutic sessions begin.
Depending on the type of support required, the supervisor may be involved modeling play, making suggestions and supporting the strengths of the parent.
The supervisor becomes less involved and more of an observer as the relationship between the parent and the child improves and parental strengths are built.
Once the supervised sessions have been completed, we provide:
- A plan of action for ongoing change
- Our observations about the parent/child interaction
- Referral for ongoing support as necessary, for example individual counselling for the parent and/or the child.