Parenting Support


Our non traditional counseling program allows caregivers and youth to gain experience in knowledge about parenting skills and how families can interact in a health way. Additionally, we'll teach participants who to deal with destructive behavior and how best to push youth toward positive health decisions. Learn more today by giving us a call!
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Benefits of PLL

PLL is an enormous learning experience for all of our participants. Lessons include why your current rules and consequences repeatedly fail to reach your child, how teens use substance abuse, disrespect, running away or acts of violence to try to control the household. Additionally, you'll come to understand how and why conflict and confrontation happens between parents and children and how to address this.   

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What You'll Learn

Other vital lessons included in PLL involve creative consequences to stop behaviors that can destroy families such as extreme disrespect, running away, substance abuse, sexual promiscuity, acts of violence and threats of suicide. We will make these difficult issues more manageable and equip you with the tools to deal with them in a healthy way. Additionally you'll learn how to write a loophole-free contract and how role plays can deliver on contracts while avoiding button pushing. Finally you'll understand about the line between love and dislike and the lack of nuturance. 

Eligibility and Criteria

Every youth is eligible for PLL except if one of the following exclusionary criteria apply: No parent or caregiver present– foster parents and kinship care are welcome,  Youth is younger than 10 or older than 18, Sex offender (treatment as primary focus), Severe developmental disorder — IQ lower than 50, 
Substance Use is Appropriate Unless Heavy Narcotic Addiction Present, (Heroin, Meth, Crack), Dual Diagnosis is Appropriate (Bi-polar, depression, self-mutilation, etc.) unless there is a Schizophrenia Diagnosis.

Parenting with Love and Limits®

For the past three and a half years I have been honored to be a part of the PCHS PLL team. My name is Michael Coffman and I supervise the PCHS site. While I would like to say that my office is located in Alaska, I am unfortunately more than a stone’s throw away (roughly about 4,130 miles) as I am in Northeast Ohio surrounded by a rich Amish culture in a little town called West Salem.
Despite the distance, our regular Internet conferencing (which centers around utilizing the PLL program to help hurting families) has drawn me close to the clinicians at PCHS who, day after day, are on the front lines witnessing the often intense and unique struggle each family faces. Family therapy is often complex and difficult and it takes a special breed of clinician who not only maintains a passion to see families unite and heal but it also demands a level of excellence with high expectations when it comes to strategically moving families toward healing.
While this calling is high there are many programs claiming to have the elixir to excellent clinicians and good family treatment. However, in my 20 years of experience in the mental health field there is all too often a lack of strong supportive evidence to support claims of cost effective, quality care.
According to our dashboard that examines and tabulates data from PLL sites across the country, PCHS is standing out among the best as having the right program with the right clinicians with supporting hard numbers indicating that something continues to happen in Kenai that is worth taking note.
Despite some turnover in the past year, both Heather Dominguez and Iris Ehret have maintained a completion rate of 100% with an agency overall rate of 96% for this year. This is not only a very high number; it also means that there is a very high engagement rate and a very low dropout rate. Basically, the data is supporting that families feel they are getting meaningful services through the PLL program and often comment about positive, sustainable and satisfying changes.
Feedback from family members also report that the material presented in the 6 multi-family groups and coaching sessions have been very helpful in making great strides in a short amount of time. Heather and Iris are likewise reported as facilitating an environment that is both welcoming and non-judgmental.
While there is no magic pill here, the data does give support to quality care being given by Heather and Iris. This care is cost saving to the community, and to the families they serve, I would imagine “priceless.”
My thanks to Heather and Iris of the Alaska PCHS team for their continued effort toward excellence in their field and to their passion to continue to help families move toward healing through the delivery of the PLL program. They have a growing waiting list, which again suggests, something is happening that is worth taking note.

Michael K. Coffman, MA, LPCC-S
Clinical Supervisor

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