Parent Skill Builder

Developed in 2007, the Parent Skill Building (PSB) program is designed to assist families as they work to increase and improve their parenting skills. The program is strength based, and focuses on what families are already doing well in addition to areas where further support is needed.  Programming is flexible and the curriculum accommodates families with children of all ages.  The PSB program fits well with Orion’s philosophy that everyone in the family is responsible for their current situation, but no one is to blame. 

Services typically begin with an assessment, which is described below and allows the team to develop personalized goals for each family.  The skills training work is done over the course of about 6 months with twice weekly sessions.  The program uses a workbook and goals to direct progress.  In addition, staff has training in providing trauma focused treatment.

Parent Skill Builder Assessment

The PSB assessment is conducted over the course of two sessions and uses both formal written measurements as well as structured observation to evaluate current skill levels. The assessment results in a “snapshot” of family functioning and from that, goals are created.

Parent Skills Training

PSB Therapists meet twice a week with families in their homes.  The case manager, who is a master’s level psychotherapist, meets with parents weekly to work on building skills and reinforcing strengths. Coaching, modeling, instruction and support are offered and supplemented with homework assignments.  The therapy team also meet with the entire family weekly for therapy sessions where the parents are encouraged to put their new skills to use. 

The PSB program can be used with families that have their children in the home as well as with families who have children in out of home placements.  In the case where the PSB session is held during a visit, the parent is asked to come early and plan the visits as well as to have some time to de-stress.  Parents also meet with the therapy team after the visit to process activities and events. 


Orion staff often work in partnership with County Human Services Departments and when they do, they are obligated to share basic information with Human Services staff such as  goals and general statements regarding progress.  Specific information and details about personal behavior are not shared unless there is a court order that requires Orion staff to do so. Regardless of the level of county or court involvement, Orion staff is mandated to report information they obtain regarding child abuse or neglect. We encourage questions about issues related to confidentiality.

For more information or to make a referral, please contact our Intake Specialist @ (608) 270-2511 x 13 or (608) 778-7044,