“You made [my family] feel loving again. You’re the best practice mom ever.” Linda Corral is a no-nonsense woman. She has to be firm as a therapeutic treatment mom at the Institute for Attachment and Child Development. But as she reads cards from kids who have lived in her home, she pauses just long enough for an outsider to see a glimpse of her soft side.
Treatment parents are unique
The role of a therapeutic treatment parent requires an extremely tough person emotionally. The job also requires a gigantic heart and selfless nature. Yet, it takes much more than heart and toughness to do what Linda does. The role of a treatment parent requires tremendous commitment and a real understanding of the true nature of reactive attachment disorder. And that’s what we’re looking for right now. We’re searching for the right people to fulfill roles as therapeutic treatment parents at IACD. Typically, IACD therapeutic treatment parents are those who were once in the trenches themselves raising children with RAD (read Chris & Dyan’s story).
Are we looking for you?
We’re not looking for fancy credentials for the job. We’re looking for far more, in fact. The role of a therapeutic treatment parent requires a very special and unique person. These people are the key difference between our program and any other in the world. They are a critical part of our therapeutic treatment team.
To take on the role of an IACD treatment parent, you’ll need a willingness to:
- undergo extensive training
- move to Colorado
- understand that this is a contract position, not a traditional salary position (but with the well-deserved compensation for the critical work you do)
- open your home to children who will attempt to push you away in sometimes disturbing ways, around the clock
- remain calm and empathetic – yet firm – no matter the circumstances
- stand beside the children’s parents in the process as they overcome their own struggles
- work in a tight-knit team for the best interest of children and their families
To learn more about the role of a therapeutic treatment parent and the unique treatment model that makes the Institute for Attachment and Child Development so successful, watch Linda’s full interview.