Enhancing the Parent-Child Relationship through CARE Skills


Julie Gettings (co presenter is Lisa Polka, Family Therapist )

Job Title

Family Therapist/CARE Workshop Coordinator


lecture, workshop


Foster and/or Adoptive Parents, Biological Families, Service Providers, Case Managers

Presentation Summary:

CARE (Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement) Workshops were originally developed for parents and caregivers of children in the community who have experienced stressful or traumatic events in their lives, or children with behavior problems.  The goal of CARE is to strengthen the adult-child relationship and increase children's positive behaviors.  CARE is based on the core principles of the evidence-based Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), which is a 12-14 session therapy program where parents actually work with their child and are "coached" by a therapist behid a two-way mirror.  The CARE Workshop modification uses specific PCIT skills for general usage by parents or non-clinical adults who interact with children in a variety of settings (foster care, case managers, home visitation providers, etc).

-       Participants will be introduced to the relationship building components of PCIT and the CARE Workshop.

-       Participants will learn the 3 P skills as well as the 3 Avoid Skills.

-       Participants will learn a set of techniques for child behavior management including Strategic Ignoreing, giving good commands to increase a child's compliance, and the Broken Record technique and how to apply it to a child's behavior.





University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS;  May 1997

Master of Social Work


University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE;  May 1991

Bachelor of Science; Human Development & Family Studies




Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri

Family Therapist/CARE Workshop Coordinator: March 2011 to present

Oncology Parent to Parent Coordinator: March 2002 to June 2011

Medical Social Worker, Intensive Care Nursery: May 1997 – March 2002

Social Work Intern, Intensive Care Nursery:  August 1996 to May 1997




Kansas LMSW License #3747

Missouri LCSW License #2000156264