Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) is a trauma-informed, field-initiated training developed by the Mayerson Center for general usage by non-clinical and clinical adults who interact with children with a history of trauma. CARE is not a therapy, but uses similar skills taught in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and other evidence-based parenting programs.
CARE utilizes the “3 P skills” (Praise, Paraphrase and Point-Out Behavior) to connect with children, a set of techniques for giving children effective positive commands to increase compliance, and selective ignoring techniques to redirect problematic behaviors. CARE also contains a trauma education component to contextualize the use of these skills with the kinds of behaviors and problems exhibited by children with a history of trauma.
Target Population: CARE can be used with children of all ages and can be generalized to a wide variety of settings and implemented at different levels of intensity. CARE is supported by pragmatic evidence of its effectiveness.
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