8 Week Program
Virtual and Face-to-Face Classes
This evidence-based program was developed by Stephen J. Bavolek, Ph.D. It has been proven effective in treating and preventing child abuse and neglect. This program is offered to parents, co-parents, and families. The Nurturing Parenting philosophy and lessons are developed from years of extensive research based on the assessment of high-risk parenting beliefs and behaviors. Parents charged with child abuse and neglect express significantly more abusive parenting beliefs than non-abusive parents.
These differences are found in five constructs that contribute to the maltreatment of children:
Inappropriate Developmental Expectations of Children
Lacking an Emphatic Ability to Respond to Children’s Needs in a Caring Manner
Disciplining Children through the use of Physical Punishment
Reversing Parent-Child Family Roles
Oppressing Children’s Power and Independence
These constructs form the basis of the lessons, skills, and competencies in the Nurturing Skills for Families curriculum by focusing on the following educational objectives:
Building Self-Worth through Appropriate Expectations of Children’s Growth and Development
Developing Empathy and Sense of Caring in Parents and Children
Utilizing Positive, Non-violent Discipline Practices and Techniques
Having Appropriate Family Role Expectations through Self-Awareness
Empowering Adults and Children through the Development of their Personal Power
Parents and their children will have the opportunity to learn new beliefs, knowledge, and skills that can improve their overall level of health within their relationships.
When referring a parent, allegations (only if referred by Social Services) and specified treatment needs are required in order for the referred client to begin treatment.
Once a parent has been referred to participate in the Nurturing Parenting Program, the parent will complete a mental health assessment and a Parenting Inventory. Upon completion, each parent will then be allowed to participate in the program consisting of 8 sessions that are 90 minutes in length. Parents may participate individually or as co-parents. Once the program is complete, family sessions are often recommended to help families continue towards the goal of having a nurturing family.