Family Nurturing Center of Texas

Sonya Thorn, director of The Family Nurturing Center of Texas, is dedicated to the mission of empowering communities throughout the world to help families experience the success of living a life free from physical, verbal, and emotional abuse and neglect. The Family Nurturing Center of Texas is an affiliate of the Nurturing Parenting Programs™.

The Nurturing Parenting Programs™ are family-based and focus on increasing nurturing parenting skills. These programs include a variety of activities that work to build empathy, love and compassion, along with discipline to form healthy parent-child bonds. The Nurturing Parenting Programs™ are recognized nationally and used internationally as proven programs for the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect, including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the National Registry for Evidence-based Parenting Programs (NREPP), the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJPD), and a number of state and local agencies.

Dr. Stephen Bavolek, creator of the Nurturing Parenting Program™, is an internationally recognized professional in the fields of parenting education and child abuse and neglect treatment and prevention. He is also the founder and president of Family Development Resources, Inc., a North Carolina business established in 1983 to develop and distribute valid and reliable inventories and programs to identify and help families who are experiencing the abuse and neglect of their children. For more information, visit the Nurturing Parenting website.

The Family Nurturing Center of Texas offers Nurturing Parenting Program facilitator training, infant and early childhood mental health training, parent facilitation and parent coordination training compliant with Texas Family Code, therapeutic services for individuals, couples, youth, and families, non-profit leadership coaching, clinical and reflective supervision, parenting assessment services using the AAPI, NSCS, and PARTI, and agency evaluations, including Nurturing Program fidelity audits.

PRAXIS with integrity Consulting

Established in 2001, PRAXIS with Integrity supports and promotes hands-on training through the Family Nurturing Center of Texas. We are dedicated to excellence in the fields of the helping profession though education, consulting, and training services.

Our approach is fun, informative, and effective in creating change of attitude and practice. Our methods and materials are designed to help individuals and agencies achieve a high level of competence and confidence necessary to meet their goals. We create customized training with post-training support. Our goal is to provide training and consulting services to meet the demands of a complex and ever changing society and workforce.

Clinical social work is the largest provider of mental-healthcare and related forms of healthcare in the United States. For those seeking help with any aspect of the full range of bio-psycho-social problems and disorders, clinical social workers are educated and trained at either the master’s or doctoral level, with additional years of post-graduate experience, to provide the best care available. To encourage and assist those working towards degrees and licensing, PRAXIS offers Clinical Social Work Supervision and Reflective sessions in the central Texas area.