Interactive parent training is the cornerstone program of The Ark. It’s not just telling a parent what to do – it’s modeling how to be an effective parent when the therapist joins the family in activities. Most ineffective parents are uneducated about how to meet the needs of their children. Through “on-the-job” training and modeling of warm, nurturing ways of responding to children, therapists can teach parents the skills needed to form attachment bonds with their children, moving towards a healthy, functioning family.
The activities of interactive parent training for children and families are diverse with the intention of replicating some of the normal, everyday activities in which families participate. Activities will be tailored according to each families’ culture and lifestyle (when possible), in an attempt to provide an atmosphere which the family is accustomed to. Below is a list of some family activities which may be utilized during interactive parent training: