Family Counseling, LLC
Office-based Services include assessments; psychosocial evaluations; case management; individual, family and group therapy; and peer mentor-ship for those with substance use disorder needs. Each therapist makes their own appointments based on availability and the clients’ needs.
• Individual Therapy is available for children, teens and adults. When children and teens are involved in therapy their parents are often a part of the therapy too. The parents’ participation is often important to the long-term success of their child’s experience in therapy.
• Family Therapy is an important service offered at Parkside. Even when a need for treatment is identified for one particular family member other significant family members are often encouraged to participate for support or as a part of the treatment. Family therapy can help to improve communication, build relationships and create a path to long-term support. Individuals in treatment have a much better chance at long-term change when they have family members or significant others supporting them through therapy and can be involved in some way. Couples counseling can be a part of family therapy and is also available at Parkside.
• Group Therapy and Education & Support Group
Groups are available at Parkside when a specific need is identified in the community. Groups focus on building success and supporting other participants who all have experienced challenging life experiences.
Group Therapy is run by a master’s level therapist and in addition to offering support the group is intended to assist the participants in processing difficult circumstances in their life and finding new ways forward toward health and wellbeing. Therapy groups offered at Parkside include:
-Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Therapy – Adults
-Survivors of Sexual Assault – Teen Girl’s Group and Women’s Group
-Teens and Parents who have Substance Use Disorders
Support and Education Groups offer support, information, and a path toward a healthier future. Support groups offered at Parkside include:
-Engagement and Recovery Groups (Adults interested in exploring the problems drugs and alcohol have caused in their lives).
-Substance Abuse Support and Education (Teens and their parents)
-Anger Management (Teens and their parents)
-Drug and Alcohol Class (Teens and their parents)
• Assessment is a part of any service. It begins at the start of treatment to identify client strengths and needs and to establish goals the client wants to work on in treatment. The assessment process is ongoing as clients’ needs change and goals are revised based on progress. Assessment may also require the use of a questionnaire, or other written tool, which can assist in determining a treatment plan. Assessments may include substance use and disorder scales, youth violence/threat assessments, or a functional assessment to determine one's day-to-day functioning in life.
• Psychosocial evaluations are offered specifically to youth who have caused some type of sexual harm or otherwise violent behavior. Clinicians specially trained to work with this population of youth provide the evaluations. These evaluations are trauma-focused and strength-based. Therapeutic services are available for these youth when the evaluation identifies a need for therapy and there is a clear indication that the youth can be safely maintained in the community. These services are available in office or home-based, depending on the therapeutic need.
Home-based Services include Intensive Home-based Therapy and Outreach Therapy. Providing home-based services is a way of addressing a youth and his or her family’s needs in the setting where they are most comfortable and where the greatest amount of change is likely to occur in the shortest amount of time.
• Intensive Home-based Therapy (IHT) is conducted in the home, school and any other community setting (recreation, work) that is vital to the youth’s success. It is a time-limited model of therapy that is research based, with the successful outcome resulting in the youth being able to remain in the home. The therapy takes place over a period of four (4) months with an average of 60 therapeutic contacts made during that time. The model of treatment addresses the five (5) areas of a youth’s life (self, family, school, peers, and neighborhood/community) that effect how a youth behaves. The more positive their functioning and relationships are in each of these areas, the more likely the youth is going to be successful. The therapy includes all family members
living in the home. Any other family or friend who is also involved in the family’s life can also be invited into the process. Contact is also made with key people at school to monitor and bolster success in this setting. IHT was designed to address delinquent behaviors that brought youth into the Juvenile Justice system. At Parkside we have also had success offering IHT to families involved with DHS through Protective Services and Foster Care.
• Peer Recovery Mentoring and Case Work Services are community based supports for those seeking to live substance free lives. A Certified Peer Mentor or SUD Case Manager assists those in the early stages of recovery with job searches, safe housing, wellness, recreation and other facets of sober living. Studies indicate that peer support can assist with feelings of insecurity, loss and doubt. Peer Mentors provide hope, stability and extend the clinical reach of treatment.
• Outreach Therapy also takes place in the home or school but is similar to traditional outpatient therapy as it is typically involves one appointment per week. It is unique as it helps to break down the barriers that keep people from attending office-based therapy such as lack of transportation and lack of childcare. In addition, outreach therapy allows the youth and family to become comfortable more quickly in the therapeutic relationship as they are in a familiar setting.
School-based Services assist in prevention of school-related problems or help to generalize the new skills that the youth may be working on in their home-based therapy.
• School-based Parkside Clinicians are available to the general education students in the Adrian Public Schools at each of the four Elementary Schools, the Middle School and the McKinley Education Center. These services target the needs of general education students for crisis situations, behavioral problems or mental health needs identified in school and seen as a barrier to classroom learning.
• Intensive Home-based Therapy through the IHT Program, services are available in the school if there is a need. With any youth involved in this program, the therapist is available to the school to intervene in the event of a crisis to prevent further discipline problems or academic failure, to mend relationships between school personnel, students and parents and generally assist in keeping the student in school and successful.
• Training is available with districts regarding issues of juvenile sexual offending behaviors and other youth violence prevention. We can offer information including patterns of behavior to watch for, safety protocol, reintegration protocol, and best practice standards. The Healing Project is also available to present at the schools and other community groups. The Healing Project is a group of sexual assault survivors and their primary therapist who present information on identification of trauma, assault, the judicial process, recovery and giving back. Parkside Family Counseling has also provided alcohol education classes in the schools to assist youth with decision making and knowledge of alternatives.
• Consultation is available with districts regarding issues of successful reintegration of youth with behavior problems and/or delinquency; suicidal behavior; cutting; mental health issues; sexual abuse; other trauma history, etc.