Mom Power provides parents with mental health and parenting psychoeducation, engages them in emotional and physical self-care to reduce their symptoms of depression and anxiety, elicits their reflective curiosity, and nurtures their reflective capacity. Mom Power embraces evidence-based theory and practice and is the only program, to date, that has documented brain changes in participants “empathy circuits.”
The long-term objectives of Mom Power are to help build (or strengthen) enhanced protective factors for families with young children to ensure they have the resources they need to reach their full potential. This includes an increased knowledge of parenting and child development, strengthened child social-emotional competence, increased social connections, improved access to concrete support in times of need, and strengthened parent and family resilien
Any organization/individual who completes a Strong Roots Training may use the materials with attribution to the creators Maria Muzik, MD, Katherine Rosenblum, PhD, and Melisa Schuster, LMSW.
In order to run a group and call it Mom Power there are certain practices that must be in place to ensure fidelity to the model. These requirements allow the first two groups to run with the support and guidance of the experienced Strong Roots team as well as provide facilitators with the training, guidance and direction for subsequent groups. Below are costs and milestones associated with implementing a group to fidelity.
1. Complete the 5-Day Virtual Training (this training)
2. Engage in Reflective Consultation
3. Groups must be run with 2 facilitators (at lease 1 masters level clinician) and follow the 10-week, 13 session curriculum
Mental health and other health providers interested in providing support to mothers and their families.
Parenting a young child, while often one of life’s most meaningful and joyful experiences, can also be one of the most challenging. Mom Power is a strengths-based program that engages mothers of young children facing adversity and stress in a nurturing environment that applies attachment theory, cognitive behavioral, and dialectical behavioral strategies to facilitate growth and new skills. A strength of the intervention lies in its multigenerational approach that facilitates each mothers’ insights and reflections and promotes her emotional health and the development of skills that enhance child health and well-being.
Social support is enhanced by creating shared group experience, with opportunities for information relationship building during shared mealtime as well as by inviting mothers to bring a guest.
The Parenting Education curriculum emphasizes responsiveness and sensitivity to young children’s experiences. Participants learn key concepts in parenting and child development, observe video interactions and apply concepts learned, engage in activities designed to develop and practice skills and reflect on interaction with their own children.
Self-Care/Stress-Reduction addresses the mothers’ needs for hands-on strategies for reducing their own levels of stress and to help support optimal mental health in order to provide balanced parenting and support their children’s needs.
Parent-Child Interactions are supported by a curriculum that emphasizes creating safe, predictable routines. Mothers receive in vivo coaching on separating and reuniting with children. Mothers are encouraged to “try something new” and anticipate, observe and reflect upon these experiences.
Connecting Families to Care provides a safe and warm transfer of services including individualized referrals to relevant additional community resources.
A unique aspect of Mom Power is the Child Team which provides each child with one-on-one care focusing on meeting the child’s social-emotional needs and providing attachment-related experiences within a developmental framework. The Child Team creates a physically and emotionally safe environment for the children so moms feel confident in the care their children are receiving and are able to focus on the learning provided in the Mom’s Group. The children, too, benefit enormously from the special relationship they develop with their Child Team member.
Mom Power participants share their experiences with the program.
Mom Power has been designated by the American Psychological Association (Division 12) as an evidence-based psychological treatment.