North Seattle (King County) location
FRC offers services for families who may going through the family court system for modification of parenting plans, dissolution, or working with a Guardian ad Litem. These services include: Reunification therapy, therapeutic visitation, Guardian ad Litem services, Case Management/Parenting Coordination, and evaluations for issues involving parental alienation or risk for violence. Areas of specialization include: Reunification Therapy and recommendations; Parental Alienation including issues involving Alignment, Enmeshment, and Triangulation; Child Abuse & Neglect; Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency.
About the Clinical Director, Kimberly Von Bahr
Kimberly Von Bahr, MSW is a licensed clinical social worker and serves as clinical director at FRC. As a former CASA and now a Superior Court-approved Guardian ad Litem in 7 Washington state counties, Kim has worked to support families involved in high conflict family litgation since 2000 and in 2010 made the decision to devote her entire practice to the very specialized area of reunification therapy. She continues to serve as a GAL, conducts training to therapy colleages and legal professionals about the reunification process along with her second area of expertise and research interest, parental alienation. Kim continues to research and publish articles describing how the transactional processing of enmeshment and triangulation in the family system serves to operate as a function of parental alienation.
Therapeutic Visitation- Benefits during the reunification process
Sunset at our Edmonds location (Snohomish County)
If you are court-ordered for reunification therapy, part of this process will include an intake and participation in individual or joint therapy. In addition to traditional therapy, visits are sometimes recommended as a form of therapy. "Therapeutic visitation" can be an appropriate bridge to either supervised visitation or for the gradual integration of visitation that has been agreed to in a parenting plan. This type of visitation is ideal when parent coaching may be helpful during visits, or when a child may benefit from an interactive visit involving the reunification therapist.
Services at FRC
FRC Staff consists of licensed Social Workers and Mental Health Professionals all with experience working with families experiencing a high degree of conflict due to litigation and issues presented in the family court system. Most of the referrals we get come from attorneys or parents themselves, for services which have been ordered through the court. Once we begin working with the family, we typically make recommendations regarding length of treatment, progress of therapy or visitation, along with any modifications to treatment which may be required. The knowledge base of our therapists consists of a "hybrid" understanding of clinical issues in the context of the court process. Working with families from this unique perspective enables our staff to provide the most effective evidence-based treatment given the unique circumstances of each case. At FRC we provide:
- Reunification Therapy
- Therapeutic Visitation (supervised visitation facilitated by a family therapist)
- Parent Coaching (through observed parent-child interaction)
- Guardian ad Litem Services (Title 26)
- Expert Testimony (must include case evaluation including collateral contacts)
- Assessments & Evaluations for Parental Alienation
- Assessments & Evaluations for Risk for Abuse (Psychological/Emotional, Physical, and Sexual Abuse) with recommendations made for supervised visitation and/or a residential schedule
IN THE NEWS: FRC Expands Supervised Visitation Services to Include Scholarships for Low Income Families (UPDATE 11/13: Wait list is being accepted for openings beginning January 2014)
As an advocate for social justice, FRC has always allocated a portion of services to include working with parents without the financial means to follow through on court orders for services which sometimes can run into the thousands of dollars. Recently, FRC established "The Little Blue House", an on-site supervised visitation facility which provides professional supervision at a reduced cost, generally between $19 and $28 per hour depending on income. Clinical oversight is managed by holding team staffings and carefully reviewing notes as documented by the supervisor. Supervision is done on-site, which helps the child gain trust and comfort in familiar surroundings while providing supervision in a controlled environment. Inquiries for TLBH can be directed by calling (206)417-4722 or by emailing TLBH.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please phone (206)417-4722 or (206)418-8882; Fax (206)417-4723. Inquiries may also be emailed to: email@example.com. Please phone if you wish to fax documents greater than 20 pages.
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