Visit Coaching

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About This Program

Target Population: Parents whose child(ren) are living in foster care and see them only during visits

Brief Description

Visit Coaching (developed by Marty Beyer, PhD) is fundamentally different from supervised visits because the focus is on the strengths of the family and the needs of the children. Visit Coaching supports families to meet the unique needs of each child during their family time in the community, family homes, visit centers, or offices. Visit Coaching includes:

  • Helping parents understand the unique developmental needs of their child and demonstrate that understanding during visits with their child
  • Preparing parents for their children's trauma-related needs and reactions during visits
  • Helping parents give their children their full attention at each visit
  • Building on the parent's strengths in meeting each child’s needs
  • Helping parents visit consistently and keep their sadness, anger, and other issues out of the visit

Program Goals:

The goals of Visit Coaching are:

  • Parents articulating each of their children’s unique needs
  • Parents meeting their children’s developmental, trauma-related and safety needs during visits
  • Parents keeping their own issues from distracting them from giving their children their full attention during visits

Contact Information

Marty Beyer, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Independent Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Consultant
Phone: (703) 966-8336

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: December 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2017