Children’s Specialty Services

B.R.A.G. is a group therapy program designed specially for children and their parents.  It’s based on the Strengthening Families Program (SFP), a nationally recognized parenting and family strengthening   program.  SFP is an evidence-based family skills training program found to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency and substance abuse in children, and to improve social skills and school  performance.  Through participation, parents can strengthen bonds with their children and learn more effective  parenting skills while their children learn healthy coping skills.

Services are available for families with children and adolescents ages 4-12 who are experiencing emotional and behavioral problems.

 

CAST is geared for teens who may be struggling with depression and anxiety who would benefit from learning life skills in a small group positive peer atmosphere.  CAST is a prevention program for teens that provides life-skills guidance utilizing peer and group encouragement. The goal of the CAST program is to assist teens with learning life skills in a positive peer supported setting.

The group is designed to help teens cope with struggles such as:

  •  Depression
  • Worry
  • Family relationships
  • Peer & dating relationships
  • Coping with the effects of bullying

12 Weekly Group sessions focus on:

  • Peer/Group support
  • Goal setting and monitoring
  • Improving self-esteem
  • Problem solving & decision-making skills
  • Personal control & better management of anger
  • Anxiety and depression
  • “School smarts”
  • Drug prevention

 

T.R.Y. Teaching Recovery to Youth Program is a  combination of individual, family and group therapy  services for adolescents with substance abuse issues.  These youths are typically identified as being at risk and referred to services by their parents, the juvenile justice  system, school personnel, and medical or mental health   providers.

The T.R.Y. Program includes:

· A comprehensive assessment,

· Drug testing

· Up to twelve group therapy sessions

· Individual and family therapy sessions

The program is available to adolescents between ages 12 and 18 who are exhibiting problems related to  substance use.

T.R.Y. Program is an evidenced based curriculum  which incorporates both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Enhancement Therapy.  This combination focuses on exploring and resolving the  adolescent’s ambivalence about changing substance abuse behaviors and teaches them specific cognitive  behavioral skills.

 

These skills include:

• Refusing substance •  Problem Solving

•  Coping with cravings •  Anger awareness

•  Managing thoughtsabout substances

•  Planning for emergencies •  Anger Management

•  Building a better social network •  Dealing with criticism

•  Engaging in activates unrelated to drug use

•  Coping with relapse •  Managing depression