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New Therapists Bring New Program To Seasons Center

By Staff | Jan 25, 2011

Seasons Center welcomes therapists Caryl Fuoss (seated) and Siobhan Danreis (standing). They are working with children, adults and families on an outpatient basis. Caryl and Siobhan are getting to know the people in the community, the schools and at the hospital. --Jane Whitmore photo

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy is now available at Seasons Center in Emmetsburg, according to therapists Siobhan Danries and Caryl Fuoss.

“The Emmetsburg office was selected by Seasons Center for Parent-Child Interaction Therapy equipment to be installed so we can offer the whole package,” said Siobhan Danries. “We are excited to get the equipment here to be up and running so we can do the entire protocol.”

Equipment is expected to be installed by the end of this month.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) focuses on improving the parent-child or caregiver-child relationship in order to bring about positive behavioral results in the child, Danries explained. Its benefits include an increase in parenting skills, including positive discipline, and a decrease in parenting stress.

“This is an evidence-based approach that has been used and evaluated with foster parents and in Head Start settings, with families where child abuse or trauma has occurred, and with children with medical conditions and disruptive behavior disorders,” she said.

PCIT is short-term, averaging 12 to 14 sessions, and is adapted for use in the home as part of a larger intervention as skills are mastered.

During the first stage of PCIT, the parent or caregiver is taught and coached in relationship-building skills while interacting with the child. In the second stage, the parent/caregiver is guided in reaching criteria for achieving a positive discipline program. The therapy was designed for children between the ages of two and seven years of age, though it may be adapted for use with eight to 12-year-olds. Caryl Fuoss and Siobhan Danreis are both certified with 40 hours of training in PCIT, and are currently accepting clients.

New Staff

Siobhan Danries, LMHC, and Caryl Fuoss, LISW, are new to the Seasons Center in Emmetsburg.

Siobhan is working with children, families and adults at Seasons. She is trained in art therapy and is also experienced with play therapy. Her previous work includes a specialized focus on the treatment of trauma and abuse in children and adults, overcoming substance dependence and the provision of individual and family therapy services in residential and out-patient settings. She has over 18 years of experience in the wellness field.

“I am very passionate about therapy. A vacation, to me, is going for more training,” says Siobhan. “I believe in creating change on a personal level.”

Caryl received her Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of Iowa, and brings over 25 years of experience with her to Seasons. She works with clients of all ages providing services to children through play therapy, individuals, families and couples.

Caryl is currently providing supervision to two therapists who are working toward their LISWs. She has worked extensively through private agencies.

“The need has gone more towards psychiatric care,” says Caryl. “I can remember when I first graduated and had a position in social work. We were dealing with kids who were truant or those who had communication issues. I don’t remember dealing with drug issues. The kids didn’t have psychiatric diagnoses.”

Caryl looks at the two therapists’ roles focused on how they can help individuals internally and externally.

“I look at myself as a facilitator to help a person achieve the person they are striving for. Those values are probably already there. We just help them polish them up,” she said.

“We act as a guide that is pointing the way,” added Siobhan. “It is the individual’s work or need for taking the responsibility for oneself.”

Melissa Hoyt, BA, is also at the Emmetsburg office. Melissa offers Community Based Support Services for adults with mental health diagnoses. She has had 16 years in the mental health field.

Mental health is an important part of everyone’s life. It can directly impact the personal wellness, job satisfaction, productivity, involvement and overall health of each individual in the community.

Here in Emmetsburg, Seasons Center provides a safe and confidential setting where anyone can seek assistance with social, emotional, behavioral and family issues.

Seasons is a registered non-profit organization offering services to the people and communities of Northwest Iowa since 1959. Its mission is to empower individuals and communities for success through every Season of life.

Seasons Center, located at the corner of 8th and Broadway, is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-242-5101. See their website at: www.seasonscenter.org