The Counseling Center programs/services begin
in early childhood to
help provide a healthy start, and continue on throughout their school years.
Families must be included in the nurturing and problem solving process,
thus our programs also provide support for parents, siblings and care-givers.
Youth and families do
better when they express their thoughts and feelings to others in a friendly and
When families discover and
utilize their strengths, they are more likely to succeed.
Families succeed when they
have local support to whom they can turn when facing challenges.
Beginnings is a comprehensive early childhood program which focuses on
helping parents and caregivers provide healthy environments for their
young children. In-home programming provides
assistance to parents to help them get off to a positive start and obtain
assistance from community resources when needed.
Early Childhood Community Support and Consultation
provides community support services for children 3 to 5 years of age who are
exhibiting behavioral problems. Home visits give our Early Childhood
Specialists the opportunity to work with parents/caregivers and children on
special behavioral issues or other concerns. Additionally,
consultation services are available to day care centers, preschools and
other systems serving young children.
Education & Support:
Educational and support
programs are available for youth and families. Two of our major
Project: S.A.F.E. (Support, Assistance &
Family Education) is a parent program that is designed to help families by
providing information, guidance and support. This program includes two
parts: a 12-week Group Education Program and a home based Mentoring/Support
The topics involved in
this educational training are:
Information is also
available on other issues that effect families such as: divorce, domestic
violence, substance abuse, stress, mental health, and developing positive
Incredible Years –
An evidence-based program designed to teach preschool children (ages 3-6)
social skills and appropriate behaviors through use of puppet and play
activities, while helping their parents develop effective parenting skills.
Diagnostic, Assessment, Counseling, Groups,
This group of
services includes more traditional mental health services, providing
assessment/evaluation and appropriate individual/family therapy to youth and
In addition, group therapy (e.g., Anger Management groups) sessions are held
Psychiatric care and
medication monitoring for youth are available by psychiatrists and a
psychiatric nurse who specialize in work with children and adolescents.
Project F.O.C.U.S. (Families Of Children Under
Stress) is a comprehensive
community support program designed to more effectively meet the needs of
youth with severe emotional/behavioral disturbances and their families.
Youth Community Support staff work with youth and their families to assess
family needs; provide direct interventions; coordinate services; advocate on
behalf of the youth/family; monitor the youth in the home, school and
community; provide education, support or crisis intervention services; and
link/refer youth and their families to community resources. Such problems may be indicated by:
Developmental or learning problems
obeying school and/or home rules
of social supports
child’s parents being overwhelmed by ongoing stressors and/or emotional
of out-of-home placement
Youth Community Support staff work with youth and their
families to assess family needs; provide direct interventions; coordinate
services; advocate on behalf of the youth/family/ monitor the youth in the home,
school and community; provide education, support or crisis intervention
services; and link/refer youth and their families to community resources.
Intensive Family Services are intended to serve
youth and families in need of intensive services due to risk of out-of-home
placement, return from placement, and/or severe emotional disturbances.
All Families Together intensive services are
time-limited, provide 24/7 crisis availability.
For More information on any of these services, please
Director of Youth Community Support
Interim Director of Client Services