The Harris-Provence Child Development Unit

The Harris-Provence Child Development Unit provides direct clinical services to families with young children. These services encompass a range of clinical interventions including developmental evaluations, psychotherapy for young children, and clinical work with parents. Developmental evaluations are useful in evaluating children with possible developmental delays and are one part of our diagnostic evaluations. Psychotherapy for young children is appropriate in addressing numerous concerns including separation anxiety, trauma, or even stress-related behavioral or emotional concerns. Children whose parents wish for them to have this sort of treatment will first be assessed to ensure that the service is appropriate for the identified issues. We offer an array of parenting services for families. These include one on one work with a clinician, parenting groups and more intensive home visiting programs. Parent guidance involves assessing your child and meeting with you to answer and address questions you have about parenting your child. As part of this service, you may be required to meet with your clinician without your child present to allow for the best opportunity for you to talk freely and openly. Some parents will be referred to a parenting program called Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). PCIT is an empirically-supported treatment program that for young children with significant behavior problems. PCIT places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship through both child directed and parent directed interactions. In PCIT, parents are taught specific skills to establish a nurturing and secure relationship with their child while increasing their child’s prosocial behavior and decreasing negative behavior. It is an intensive program in that it requires dedication by parents to ascertain the best treatment effects. To make a referral any of the above services, the child’s legal guardian may contact our intake coordinator, Christy Mills at (203) 785-3306 ext 1.

In addition to the clinical services listed above, we also offer Parent’s First, a twelve week multi-family parenting group. It is utilized to help parents better understand their children’s emotions and behavior. It is appropriate for parents with any child under the age of five and your child does not need to have serious behavioral problems for you to participate. It is also an appropriate program for parents whose children are typically developing as well as parents whose children are developing at a different pace. For referrals to this program, please contact Christy Mills at (203) 785-3306 ext 1. Minding the Baby is an intensive home-visiting program run in conjunction with the Yale School of Nursing, Fair Haven Health Clinic, and the Yale Child Study Center’s Child Development Unit. Referrals through this program currently come only from the doctors and nurses at Fair Haven Health Clinic, but may expand in the future.