Child and Family Center

Although “children are our future,” they can certainly consume a great deal of our time, efforts, and energies in the present. Our Child and Family Center makes it easy for parents to talk with licensed professionals who have the expertise to answer your questions and plan a course of helpful actions. When you have worrisome concerns about the well-being of a child or family, the Manassas Group tradition of comprehensive, high quality professional services will bring you to a specialist who can help.

Our Center can assist with any concerns you may have about your child’s behavior at home or in school, academic problems, emotional health, or family relationships. Our approaches in dealing with these problems center on non-pharmacological methods, although we also work closely with physicians whenever we believe medications will help.

Ordinarily, our solutions incorporate therapy, skill-building, parent education, and/or training components. They are designed to be comprehensive, long-term solutions, as opposed to immediate, “quick fix” approaches.

The following itemizes some of the more common problems that our therapists see, although this list is not intended to be exhaustive:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Hyperactive Behavior
  • Anger Problems
  • Depression and Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety and O.C.D.
  • Defiant/Oppositional/Acting-Out Behavior
  • Drug and/or Alcohol Abuse
  • Child Problems Related to Parental Separation/Divorce
  • Step-Family/Blended Family Issues
  • Family Communication Problems
  • Improper Diet/Nutrition/Wellness Issues
  • School/Academic Problems
  • Abuse and Trauma Issues

Because there are numerous people involved with a child’s life, the Manassas Group Child and Family Center has four clusters of services designed to be of assistance.

  1. Assessments: Our professionals will meet with one or both parents as well as the child. The professional will design and administer a battery of psychological tests, in order to further evaluate the child. Behavioral inventories and other feedback will be gathered from other sources who have had contact with the child. This information is combined in a written report, which will be reviewed with the family members at a feedback session. A plan of action will be outlined including specific recommendations for treatment, if indicated.
  2. Family Consultation: This is a brief series of meetings (usually no more than four) with a child and/or family members. The aim is to clinically assess the child/family situation (without using psychological tests) and then offer feedback to the family in such a way as to bring about short-term intervention and/or to lay the groundwork for longer-term interventions.
  3. Child and Family Therapy: Manassas Group professionals are available to conduct a course of individual and/or family therapy sessions designed to alleviate the problems of concern. Parent education classes may be included, as one component.
  4. Community Consultation Services: These sessions assist school or agency workers who are involved with children in other settings (such as public or private school classrooms, day-care centers, etc.). The aims here are to expand the awareness of those working with children, as well as to assist them to more effectively work with children in their settings.

To arrange an appointment, contact any of these Manassas Child and Family Specialists: