Circle of Security is an educational model used to help parents (biological, adoptive, and/or foster) build insight into their own parenting. Providers who are certified in this model, work with caregivers to help develop their understanding of healthy parent-children relationships from an attachment perspective.
Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center offers Circle of Security education in the forms of group sessions or individual sessions with a Circle of Security-Informed Therapist or Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health (ARMHS) Practitioner. Both formats emphasize building parent skills to better understand and explain children’s behaviors. In group sessions, providers will help to identify concepts of healthy relationships and attachment between caregivers and children. Individual sessions with a therapist emphasize these basic concepts of attachment while working to improve the attachment patterns and parent-child relationship directly and uniquely with each individual family.
To enroll in a Circle of Security group, the caregiver must have a current diagnostic assessment within the last year, recommendations to attend a parenting group, and must meet criteria for recommendations for ARMHS programming. Individual parenting sessions with a therapist can be offered with recommendations for parenting skills and/or family therapy with a current diagnostic assessment for the caregiver or the child.
To make a referral for Circles of Security0 Group, please call (507) 429-9885.
To make a referral for Circle of Security-Informed Parenting Intervention, please call (507)-453-6224.