Impact NW’s Parent-Child Therapeutic Services work to reduce the negative effects of domestic violence on children by strengthening the parent-child relationship.

Our Parent-Child Therapeutic Services Include:

Parent Child Involvement Project (PChIP)
Safe Start

Parent-Child Therapeutic Services

Our Parent-Child Involvement Project (PChIP) and Safe Start programs work with families who have experienced domestic violence. Implementing Child Parent Psychotherapy, Parent Child Specialists work closely with families to repair the effects of stress and trauma on early attachment and heal the parent-child relationship between the child and their safe parent. With a focus on children ages 0 to 12 and their siblings, this project provides emotional support, parenting skills education, developmental guidance, advocacy and assistance in creating safe and stable homes. Safe Start works with families who have DHS Child Welfare involvement at the Gresham branch of DHS; PChIP works with families who live in the City of Portland and are housed at the Gateway Center.

Parent-Child Support

Home and community based therapeutic services for families. Parent-Child Specialists offer in home support generally centered around therapeutic play, art and other child focused activities intended to heal the parent-child relationship and problems associated with child exposure to violence.  Services can also include additional forms of support, such as: restraining order attainment and court attendance, help navigating child welfare, school support including IEPs, safety planning, some crisis management, collaboration with other service providers, etc.

Trauma-Informed Parenting Groups

Parent Child groups for safe parents and children, intended to create supportive communities for mothers and children, provide education and support around parenting and domestic violence, build the mother-child relationship, and develop positive social skills for children.

In order to qualify for PCTS, families must:

  • Have experienced domestic violence (physical, verbal and/or emotional forms of abuse)
  • Have at least one child between the ages of 0-12
  • Not be living with the abusive person

PCTS services are free of charge and do not require insurance, billing or diagnoses. Service goals are established collaboratively with families, including length of involvement and desired outcomes. All services are voluntary and confidential.

Contact PCTS:

For more information, contact PCTS Program Managers Jen Rawhouser ( / 503-568-1720 ) or Kate Lefco ( / 503-847-9726).