A child specialist is a trained practitioner who specializes in child development and the effects of parental conflict on children. This service brings forth the “voice” of the child which can be lost when there is conflict amongst the adults. The practitioner will meet with children as a sibling unit as well as offer the opportunity to meet with each child 1:1. This practitioner will then provide feedback to the parental unit on how their children are experiencing the family system.
The child specialist will also asses for any organic or high need issues that would indicate a need for ongoing outpatient therapy and make appropriate referrals. This service is also utilized for adult children involved in family conflict. Understanding how the children are perceiving the breakdown within their family can often serve to neutralize the adult conflict and move parties toward resolution.