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Lutheran Family Services of Virginia > Visit Coaching

Visit Coaching

What is Visit Coaching?

A relationship based, trauma-informed and empowering practice.

A supportive practice for parents whose children have been removed, as well as, parents who are at-risk of having their children removed.

Visit Coaching vs. Traditional Supervised Visitation

Visit coaching is fundamentally different from supervised visits. Instead of watching the family, the coach is actively involved in supporting them to demonstrate their best parenting skills and make each visit fun for the children. Visit coaching includes:

  • Helping parents articulate their children’s needs to be met in visits
  • Preparing parents for their children’s reaction
  • Helping parents plan to give their children their full attention at each visit
  • Appreciating the parent’s strengths in responding to each child needs
  • Helping parents cope with their feelings in order to (a) visit consistently and (b) keep their anger and depression out of the visit


  • Visit coaches provide training and guidance to family members during visits with children. A visit coaching session is positive and focused on supporting each person involved while helping parents to both recognize and respond to their child’s unmet needs.
  • Visit coaches help parents take charge of visits in anticipation of reunification, or to help parents prevent removal of their children.
  • Visits are typically 60 to 90 minutes and incorporate time to touch base with parents both before and after the visit.

Location of Services

Services begin in an office setting and move to the most convenient location for the family as quickly as possible.

Trained by Marty Beyer, PhD

Staff have been trained and supported by Dr. Marty Beyer to deliver Visit Coaching with fidelity to the practice.


$60 per hour

Find Out More

To find out if your family may benefit from Visit Coaching, contact Amy Barbour at abarbour@lfsva.org.

Click here to download the visit coaching intake form

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