Meeting with the child/ren
Sensitivity and empathy for the experience of each child guides this work.
How sessions with children are conducted depends on the age and developmental needs of each child. The Child Specialist may use play therapy techniques to develop a relationship with and evaluate the developmental needs of a young child. With older children and adolescents, the work is typically more language-based. Kids are kept informed about the purpose of their meetings with the Child Specialist, and the fact that information will be shared with both parents to help them plan for the future. Kids reserve the right to ask for confidentiality about issues they may want to talk about that are unrelated to the development of the parenting plan. Children are given the opportunity to express their feelings about the family change and learn some coping strategies for getting through the tough times. Kids are able to articulate what is important to them about how their family works, and what they wish for. The number of sessions conducted with children varies with the age, temperament and complexity of issues, but the process is time-limited. Typically two or three sessions are all that is required.