Parent Education

The Child and Family Resource Clinic offers on-going parent education classes and support groups. We also offer parent education on an individual basis. Counselors work with parents, helping them to develop parenting skills, and providing an encouraging and supportive environment.

The CFRC offers specialized parent education services known as filial therapy. Filial therapy is defined as

a unique approach used by professionals trained in play therapy to train parents to be therapeutic agents with their own children through a form of didactic instruction, demonstration play sessions, required at-home laboratory play sessions, and supervision in a supportive atmosphere. Parents are taught basic child-centered play therapy principles and skills including reflective listening, recognizing and responding to children's feelings, therapeutic limit setting, building children's self-esteem, and structuring required weekly play sessions with their children using a special kit of selected toys. Parents learn how to create a nonjudgmental, understanding, and accepting environment that enhances the parent-child relationship, thus facilitating personal growth and change for child and parent. (Landreth & Bratton, 2006, p. 11)

To learn more about parent education classes or to sign-up for a class, please contact the CFRC at 940-565-2066.



Landreth, G. L., & Bratton, S. C. (2006). Child parent relationship therapy (CPRT): A 10-session filial therapy model. New York: Routledge.