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NVR’s applications

NVR today has evolved into a family of different applications that share the same set of principles. Some applications are more intervention-oriented, while others are more preventive in nature (so called Vigilant Care). Most are manualized:


NVR’s Intervention Oriented Applications

NVR for Biological or Foster Parents Coping with ADHD and Behavior Problems (NVR-ADB)

NVR for Parents Coping with Children’s ADHD and Behavior Problems is the first and seminal application of NVR, and is intended for foster or biological parents of children suffering from externalizing behavior problems, attention deficit, oppositional defiant, and conduct disorders.

NVR for Parents Coping with Anxiety Disorders (NVR-ANX)

NVR for Parents Coping with Anxiety Disorders (NVR-ANX) addresses parental crises that includes a wide spectrum of anxiety-related conditions such as OCD, OCPD, phobias, and social anxiety.

NVR for Adult Entitled Dependence (NVR-AED)

Adult Entitled Dependence is a family-systemic condition in which young adults cling maladaptively to their families, while the family maladaptively nourishes them emotionally and materially. The NVR-AED protocol uses the principles of NVR psychology to create a setting where systemic change can be initiated by unilaterally working with the parents and their social support networks.

NVR for Residential Settings (NVR-RS)

NVR for residential settings (NVR-RS) implements the basic principles of NVR in closed or open psychiatric ward settings where coercive means are sometime used to cope with patient violence. Implemented mainly in children and adolescent wards, NVR-RS establishes a non-escalating discourse among staff members, improves mutual support practices among team members and between team and family members. In some cases, implementations have been known to reduce the use of seclusion rooms by 50%.

NVR for Schools (NVR-SC)

NVR for Schools (NVR-SC) consists of methodologies to create parent-teacher alliances and consolidate faculty staff into solidary groups based on commitment to mutual support, parent-teacher collaboration, and non-violent resistance practices. NVR for Schools can be effective in dealing with behavioral problems, ADHD, learning disabilities, violence toward teachers or students, and disruption of proper class conduct, as well as mobilizing school support for coping with problems in the family.

NVR for Parents Coping with School Refusal (NVR-SR)

NVR for School Refusal (NVR-SR) is a multi-systemic treatment program for anxiety- or behavior-rooted school refusal, which combines basic NVR principles with techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) models. The program provides parents and school staff with a common ground and toolkit to collaborate in restoring the child’s identity as a student.

NVR for Parents Coping with Suicide Threats (NVR-ST)

NVR for Parents Coping with Suicide Threats (NVR-ST) implements the basic principles of NVR to support parents facing their children’s suicidal ideations, threats, or behaviors. The program assumes that, in such situations, the child is not necessarily willing to receive treatment and the parent is no less distressed than the child.  Therefore, the program focuses primarily on empowering parents to achieve short-term containment and long-term self-anchoring facing the child’s crisis.

NVR for Parents Coping with Inter-Sibling Violence (NVR-SV)

NVR for Parents Coping with Inter-Sibling Violence (NVR-SV) implements the basic parent training principles of NVR to cope with cases of chronic violence between siblings. The program assists all three parties to the sibling violence scenario: Parents learn how to amplify their presence, restore their authority, avoid interrupting escalation processes, recruit supporters, defend the victim, and renounce their own violence, if such exists. Victimized children are provided with recognition of their difficulty, concrete means for self-defense, extended-family protection, and empowerment through role playing. The aggressor child is provided with a bridge of reconciliation and reparation to help him reconnect to the family collective.

NVR for Managers (NVR-MNG)

NVR for Managers (NVR-MNG) is a managerial philosophy based on the values and principles of non-violent resistance as initially developed in family systemic contexts. This program offers an intervention that helps managers increase their involvement and visibility in the work environment as a means of restoring presence, resisting co-worker bullying and intimidation, focusing efforts, and increasing productivity. The “present manager” is perceived by the organizational environment as relevant and competent by conveying a constant message of availability, accessibility, and determination.

NVR for Parents Coping with Asperger’s (NVR-ASP)

NVR for Parents Coping with Asperger’s Syndrome helps parents cope with children’s violence and emotional difficulties.



Prevention of Risk by Routine Vigilant Care (NVR-RVC)

Routine Vigilant Care (NVR-RVC) is a parenting style for adaptive, non-critical family situations. RVC combines attention to the child’s needs with awareness to his or her behaviors, which allows for quicker problem solving and improved connectedness. RVC guidelines include ways to increase contact points with the child, to help parents improve their natural support networks, and to improve communications with the child. With time, RVC aims to develop the child’s internal sense of self-care and monitoring.

Juvenile Diabetes (NVR-JD)

NVR for Juvenile Diabetes helps parents cope with situations where children refuse to cooperate with critical diabetic medication.

Digital misuse (NVR-DM)

Applies the concepts of parental vigilant care to help parents cope with their digitally native children and their on-line addictions by redefining “presence,” “connection,” and “privacy.”

Eating Disorders (NVR-EAD)

Applies the concept of parental vigilant care to help optimize parental coping with children at risk of or suffering from eating disorders.

Community (NVR-COM)

Applies the concept of parental vigilant care in the community to decrease street violence via parent patrols, municipal announcements and work with street gangs.

Novice Teen Driving (NVR- TD)

Combines Parental vigilant care concepts and IVDR technology to improve driving safety in novice teenage drivers.

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