Direct Clinical Services
Direct Clinical Services, coupled with mental health consultation and community education activities, are core Child Guidance Center services.
Our mental health services include:
Outpatient therapy is a clinical mental health service that may be a prevention or early intervention service, depending on the child and family's circumstances. Outpatient therapy is typically sought by families who believe their child is in need of mental health treatment or have been unable to successfully problem-solve on their own.
The Child Guidance Center uses individual, family and group psychotherapy methods. A consultation with a child psychiatrist, nurse practitioners and medication management is provided when medication is prescribed as a part of the overall treatment service.
The number of sessions is determined by the needs of the child and family. Therapy is designed to help the child and family solve problems at an early stage.
Evaluation, Assessment, and Psychological Testing
Mental health evaluation and assessment services are sought by parents who need information and direction from a clinical child psychologist. These parents:
Have an emerging concern about their child or are beginning to experience difficulty and are seeking an early solution to prevent more serious mental health problems
Are distressed and need direction to the most appropriate treatment service
Experience major or critical problems and are in need of an immediate intervention
Psychological evaluation and assessment services are time-limited and aimed at getting the family the guidance it needs to secure the most appropriate treatment service. This may include psychological evaluations or other types of formal assessment. Other consumers of evaluation and assessment services include the Juvenile Court, Family Court or Department of Human Services. These entities seek information to support Court action initiated in the best interests of the child or to resolve disputes of visitation or custody.
Child psychiatric services include psychiatric evaluation, therapy and evaluation for medication prescription and medication management. Referral for psychiatric services is facilitated by the Child Guidance Center therapist assigned to each child and his/her family.
The Child Guidance Center believes people are capable of change and that the process of psychotherapy can provide the best opportunity for positive change. A variety of therapeutic techniques may be used. Psychiatric evaluation and medication prescription and management may be used to support or advance treatment, but not as a substitute for therapy. It is a Child Guidance Center practice to provide medication management with therapy, not in place of it. Exceptions may be made under certain circumstances as determined by the judgment of the psychiatrist and/or nurse practitioner, therapist and family.
Functional Family Therapy
Functional Family Therapy is an evidence-based family intervention program for children and teens ages 11-18 and their families. All referrals come directly from the 5th Judicial District Juvenile Court Services and target youth who are involved in Juvenile Court action due to delinquency and at-risk behaviors. Treatment is provided in the home and services range from 8-30 sessions, depending on the family's needs.
Early Childhood Services
Early childhood services provide therapeutic support to children and families during challenging developmental phases and life transitions. For children experiencing social, emotional and behavioral problems, therapy may be beneficial, especially if the problems continue for more than six weeks and escalates or interferes with family life, education, child care or friendships.
Early childhood services focus on improving transitions and targets a wide range of needs including challenging behaviors, developmental delays, social difficulties, reactions to trauma, parent-child conflicts or attachment problems.