The Parent-Infant Center (PIC) is a prevention and treatment program that provides multidisciplinary assessment and psychotherapeutic services to pregnant women, caregivers (adolescents and adults) and their children between the ages of birth to three. The primary goal of the Parent-Infant Center is to facilitate the development of a healthy attachment between caregivers and their infants/toddlers, and to promote overall healthy child and parent development.
The Parent-Infant Center works with families who exhibit risk factors that may lead to maladaptive parent-child relationships or increase the risk of child abuse or neglect. Parental risk factors include mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, a history of trauma/abuse, teen and single parenthood, exposure to domestic violence, and a lack of social and financial support. The Parent-Infant Center also works with infants, toddlers and preschoolers who present with developmental delays, serious health problems, as well as socio-emotional and behavioral concerns, such as feeding and sleep difficulties and aggressive behavior.
The Parent-Infant Center has an interdisciplinary treatment team including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and psychology and psychiatry trainees. The primary focus of the Parent-Infant Center is to provide evidence-based Child-Parent Psychotherapy for children and families exposed to trauma.
The emphasis of treatment is on the caregiver-child relationship. The primary caregivers seen in the Parent-Infant Center include pregnant women, mothers, fathers, grandparents, and pre-adoptive parents. The interventions facilitate caregivers’ ’ increased attunement to their child’s emotional needs; contingent responding to their child’s cues; increased understanding of the impact of current family dynamics and early trauma history on the parent-child relationship; , and increased understanding about such topics as safe sleep, healthy eating, play and early childhood development.
The Parent-Infant Center also provides individual child and parent psychotherapy, family therapy, developmental screenings and referrals to Early Intervention and the Committee on Preschool Education. Psychopharmacological consultation is provided when necessary to treat depression and other mental health concerns. The Parent-Infant Center works collaboratively with day care centers, schools, foster care agencies, social service organizations, and other community and mental health agencies.
For additional information, please contact:
Wendie Klapper, Ph.D., Director
Phone: (212) 523-3071
To schedule an intake appointment, please contact:
Phone: (212) 523-3082