Local Services

With over 30 years of experience and training in a variety of methodologies, Eric has acquired highly effective strategies and a knowledge-based instinct to optimize learning. Eric draws on the most progressive information in the field and identifies the strategies that best fit the child and family. Eric is also eager to incorporate the parents’ knowledge about their family. The consultation format is the most effective way to transfer knowledge between the parent and the PACE team.

Moms & Dads

Eric Hamblen engages the entire family when providing services. Eric recognizes how Moms develop cycles of protection, which can both support and inhibit development. Thus, he guides Moms to appreciate and balance these maternal instincts to promote the child’s development. Eric also recognizes the style of teaching, guiding, and parenting that is unique to Dads. Eric coaches Dads to find their own way of promoting the child’s development. Eric guides both parents to enjoy and respect each other’s contributions to the family.

Emotional Regulation

When a child can better regulate emotional responses to excitement, frustration, disappointment, and uncertainty, the quality of life of the entire family improves. Eric guides parents as they confront real-life challenges in the home environment (such as better managing the morning routine) as well as activities in the community (such as eating in a restaurant or regulating emotional outbursts in public settings.) Consultation takes place in the PACE office, community, and in the family’s home.

Restoring Family Balance

Eric uses his knowledge of development as well as the family’s goals as the guide for appropriate and effective treatment. Many families have goals related to restoring better balance within the family, without the child or the diagnosis dominating all family experiences. Eric’s guidance promotes competence in both the parent and the child. This ensures that the techniques learned in treatment carry over into daily life and maximize the child’s developmental progression.

Our Philosophy

•  A child should not be in charge of a family. A diagnosis should not be in charge of a child.

• Children are the happiest, most secure, and most available for learning when the parent-child relationship is balanced.

• Eric works to empower parents to regain the primary role in the growth and development of their child and their family.

• Eric supports and guides families, in practical everyday situations, as they develop and strengthen their relationships within their family.

• Eric guides the parent-child relationship using typical human development as the guide.

• Eric focuses on helping families thrive in everyday situations and environments by providing practical and useful strategies that empower parents and restore family balance.

One of the strongest indicators of successful intervention is how competently a family can address a child’s emotional needs and developmental goals in their daily lives. PACE services are designed to generate effective strategies that increase your confidence and competence in your home and community. With professional support from Eric, family challenges can be addressed that are often elusive in more traditional service models.

Professional Staff

Eric does not teach a program; he teaches a life-style. The main goal is to make family life easier and more rewarding. Eric strives to help parents to think about their children in a new way, nurturing their strengths and supporting their challenges.

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Fee for Services

Eric typically works with families in two- or three-hour consultation blocks. This is often the best way to address family concerns in a meaningful way, during “real-life” activities (e.g., grocery store, bowling, chores). It allows enough time  (Eric, child, and parents) to analyze the situation, formulate and test effective strategies, and be sure everyone understands the new approach. Consultation time can be scheduled weekly, monthly, or quarterly.

Office Rates

Eric can meet at his office, for a one- to five-hour session at a rate of $160 per hour. After a session or two Eric can meet with you and your family in the community.

Community Rates

We can also meet at your home, child’s school, or in the community (in the Portland Metro Area) at a rate of $160 per hour, for a one- to five-hour session.

Please contact Eric Hamblen to discuss the best plan for your family.

Telephone: 503.888.3939

Email: ehamblen@paceplace.org