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As the Clinical Supervisor for the Family Support Program, Amy Small, LPC provides clinical supervision for the Parent and Children’s Group Facilitators throughout the 20 week treatment and education groups for caregivers and children. “We help support the group facilitators as they lead the Parenting and Children’s Groups to make sure they run a healthy and safe group.”
SCAN’s Family Support Program (FSP) provides treatment and education groups for families who have experienced, or are at high risk of experiencing child abuse or neglect. The Program enhances parenting skills, builds social networks, increases knowledge of child development, and makes parents aware of valuable community resources.
“The Family Support Program helps parents find their own path, while giving them more nurturing, concrete parenting skills they can use,” Amy said. “We are currently developing a new curriculum within FSP, with more focus on being trauma informed.” Having experience with trauma and its importance on the cycle of abuse, Amy is eager to help implement this new curriculum. The Children’s Group curriculum offers activities that help children cope with their experiences and develop positive relationships with peers and adults. SCAN provides a consistent and structured environment that fosters healthy development.
Amy received her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State, and became familiar with SCAN’s work through colleagues who work with SCAN’s programs in some capacity.
“I have always liked SCAN’s mission of advocating for children and importantly strengthening parenting,” Amy said. “SCAN’s Family Support Program helps parents understand trauma and its effects, while its goal is to stop the cycle of abuse.”
“The facilitators for the Family Support Program are a phenomenal team with great clinical skills,” Amy said. “They are present and creative, and each have different ways to engage and connect within their groups.”
During the 2014–2015 fiscal year, the Family Support Program served 334 caregivers and 187 children—all from families who have experienced, or were at a high risk of experiencing, child abuse or neglect.
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