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Developmental Enhancement Behavioral Health Launches REACH Parent-Child Program

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Holland, Michigan, March, 20, 2018 – Developmental Enhancement Behavioral Health has launched the REACH Parent-Child Program. The program is currently based out of their Holland clinic at 854 Washington Ave. Suite 600, with plans to expand further into West Michigan as the program grows. At launch, four clinicians are providing services in the areas of Infant Mental Health and Neurodevelopmental Trauma and Attachment Treatment.

Infant Mental Health refers to how well infants are developing socially and emotionally from birth to age 3, and focuses on how the child’s brain, body, and emotions have been changed as a result of their experiences; Treatments work to change how the brain processes stressors, reacts to threats, and approaches relationships.  The Neurodevelopmental Trauma and Attachment treatment program was developed for children, ages 3 to 12, who have experienced difficult beginnings with stressors such as abuse, neglect, exposure to domestic violence, a change in caregivers, foster care or adoption, medical procedures, or parental postpartum depression or anxiety. The REACH Program model focuses on treating the caregiver and child dyad as a unit and helping to bring those relationships into a place of security, regulation, and mutual enjoyment.

Dr. Stephanie Grant, who leads as Program Director, has been working at DE since 2017. Dr. Grant brings over 10 years of experience, and has previously worked as a professor, researcher, and clinician in Oklahoma prior to her relocation to Michigan. Her clinical focus is working with infants and children with neurodevelopmental trauma histories, such as those that come from adoption and foster care.

 “We know that early intervention is a key component of successful developmental and mental health outcomes, but too often we take a “wait and see” approach to the concerns we have for our babies – missing out on a significant opportunity for treatment, “said Dr. Grant.

Other clinicians include Angie Cameruci and Julie McGowan, each of whom are Licensed Clinical Social Workers with over a decade of clinical experience. Cameruci is Infant Mental Health endorsed and previously provided infant mental health and other clinical services with Allegan County Community Mental Health and with the Allegan County Health Department and Bethany Christian Services prior to that. McGowan previously served as the clinical director for Bethany Christian Services here in Holland and is trained in TF-CBT and TBRI.

All clinicians within the Reach Program will have knowledge about neurodevelopmental trauma and training in the therapy modalities of TheraPlay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy

“Theraplay is an efficient mode of therapy. Theraplay seamlessly incorporates within a play environment several elements that are shared with models of psychotherapy. From a Polyvagal perspective Theraplay respects the biobehavior state of the child, applies therapist initiated social engagement strategies to trigger a state of safety in the child, and promotes synchronous reciprocal interactions as a neural exercise that increases social flexibility and improves emotion regulation.” – said Stephen Porges, Ph.D

Developmental Enhancement is a behavioral health organization that specializes in the treatment of children and families. DE has clinics in Jenison, Holland and Wyoming, Michigan. Seven psychologists and eight social workers provide a wide array of mental health services to children and adolescents with all types of issues including those with neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorders. Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Behavior Technicians provide intensive ABA services to children with autism. DE also provides training and consultation to agencies and organizations throughout Michigan and around the country.

 

Name of contact: Madolin Welch
Tel.: (616)499-2218 ex. 222
Email: mwelch@debh.org
Website: www.debh.org

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