parent support

“When you are free, you can play and when you are playing, you become free.” ~Heidi Kaduson

We support parents

Opportunities to bond with children through play, parent classes in circle of security and healthy attachment focused parenting education, parent consultation, resources for support in the community. 

"The need for attention is actually a need for connection. A child's behavior is, in fact, a form of communication, and it is driven by this need for an emotional connection."

Join us for an 8-week Parenting Group
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Thursdays Starting May 7 - June 25, 2020

Weekend TBD Starting March or April 2020

After graduating from the Circle of Security Parenting Program (COS-P), caregivers:
Better understand their child’s emotions/behaviors and how to help their child manage them.

Better manage tantrums and emotional fits.
Have more cooperation and joy with their child.
Engage in greater perspective taking and self understanding.

The Child Counseling Center & Play Therapy Institute of NM:
RSVP: 505-772-0459 or
What: Circle of Security Parenting Series (8 weeks)
Details: Pre-registration required. Caregivers should plan to attend all 8 consecutive sessions in the series. This group is for caregivers only.  Unfortunately, we are NOT able to offer childcare at this time.
The atmosphere will be supportive, reflective, and nurturing 💗 Folks can call our front office to register 505-772-0459 or email us at

Who should attend: Caregivers of children ages birth-6 years.  This group will be helpful to parents from many backgrounds, ranging from healthy, high functioning families to those who have (or are) struggling with significant attachment challenges, including foster placement, separations, etc. The group is not appropriate for folks who do not currently have contact with their children, but those who have visitation while kids are in placement is okay.

Since 1998, the Circle of Security® program has aimed to promote secure child-parent attachment relationships. Its main goal is to translate decades of university-based attachment research into a user-friendly format for parents to learn how to provide both secure bases and safe havens for their children.  Empirical research describing the effectiveness of this parenting program has been published in Attachment & Human Development, the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and Development and Psychopathology. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN) has declared the COS a Reported Effective Program. More information about the COS program can be found at their website in the published book.