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Parent Coaching Within a Pediatric Primary Care Practice

State/Jurisdiction: Ohio
Setting: Clinical
Population: Child Health,
Topic Area: Family & Youth Engagement,

There is an increasing awareness of the need for pediatric practices to provide holistic care to their patients, inclusive of parents, since up to 50% of health outcomes are attributable to social and economic factors. The Parent Coaching within a Pediatric Primary Care Practice program addresses that need by embedding parent coaches within pediatric practices to intervene swiftly and mitigate the potential for negative long-term health and social concerns. Conceptually, coaching is rooted in the belief that all individuals have the capacity for change and that each individual is the expert on his or her life. As such, the parent coach serves as partner and guide to parents rather than provider of expert opinion and advice. The coach collaborates with parents to co-create solutions rather than simply provide parent education. In the course of their work, coaches display unconditional positive regard for their clients and ensure that all interactions are not only respectful but accepting and non judgmental. More specifically, the parent coaching model is rooted in the Natural Strength ParentingTM framework and positive psychology coaching.

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Beech Acres Parenting Center
Jill Huynh, VP Parent Connext
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