Child, Youth, and Family Behavioral Health Services
Our Child, Youth, and Family Division embraces a “Wraparound” system of care in our behavioral health services. By focusing on the strengths and needs of each individual family, our Wraparound approach increases a family’s sense of confidence, helps them acquire new skills for supporting their child’s special needs, and accesses the necessary resources to build a supportive community network.
We recognize the prevalence and impact of trauma and traumatic stress on children, youth and families. We have staff trained in a variety of evidence-based and trauma-informed models, including Alternatives for Families Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT); Attachment, Regulation & Competency (ARC); and Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
Behavioral Health services offered through our Child, Youth and Family Centers include:
Therapeutic Mentoring offers one-on-one support for daily living, social, and communication needs. Therapeutic Mentors work in conjunction with an Intensive Care Coordinator, In-Home Therapy Team, or an individual therapist as part of a Care Planning Team to help youth meet their personal goals and reach their full potential. Therapeutic Mentoring services are provided in the home and community.
In-Home Therapy provides short-term family therapy to assist the family in stabilizing children in their homes during times of crisis. Services are delivered by a clinician and, in some cases, a Therapeutic Training and Support staff member. Services can be in the home, school, or community.
Intensive Care Coordination
Intensive Care Coordination is a service that uses the Wraparound care planning process to coordinate multiple supports for youth and families. The Wraparound process is used to create a strengths-based, family-driven, and individualized plan for each youth. A Care Coordinator is assigned to work with every youth and family enrolled in our Intensive Care Coordination.
Our Outpatient Therapy for children, youth, and their families includes a variety of short to long-term interventions for conditions ranging from depression, trauma reactions, attention deficit disorder, disruptive behaviors, reactions to stressful or adverse personal or family circumstances, interpersonal conflicts, anxiety disorders, and much more. Involving families is a key element of our outpatient therapy.
Psychiatric Assessment and Psychopharmacology
Our Board certified Psychiatrists, Nurse Practitioners, and Certified Nursing Specialists provide evaluation, medication assessment and follow-up to clients who are actively engaged in our Outpatient or In Home Therapy.
Family Support and Training
Family Support and Training provides a structured, one-to-one, strengths-based relationship between a Family Partner and a parent/caregiver of a youth. The purpose of this service is to support the caregiver(s) in managing the youth’s behavioral needs by supporting the development of skills needed to parent. The Family Partner understands the family’s struggles from a personal perspective and is seen as a support who gives the parent new hope. The Family Partner works closely with the youth’s Intensive Care Coordinator, In-Home Team or Outpatient Therapist.
Mobile Crisis Intervention
Mobile Crisis Intervention provides mobile response in the home, school, or other community settings, for youth experiencing a behavioral health crisis. Our clinicians and family partners work with the youth and family to identify, assess, treat, and stabilize a crisis situation to reduce immediate risk of danger to the youth or others. Services are provided 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our experienced and thoughtful staff is available to advise and determine the best service for you and your family.
Child Sexual Abuse Treatment and Recovery Program
The Child Sexual Abuse Treatment and Recovery Program provides specialized sexual abuse treatment, support, and case management to child and adolescent victims and their non-abusing family members as well case consultation to community agencies and providers about treatment options, recommendations, and resources. Support groups and workshops are available for non-offending caregivers as well as child and adolescent victims. Funded by the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA), the program works closely with the Department of Children and Families, Children Advocacy Centers, law enforcement, pediatricians and other agencies that are involved when a child or adolescent experiences child sexual abuse.
PATHWAYS (Providing Academic, Therapeutic and Healthy Ways to Achieve Youth Success)
PATHWAYS delivers clinical, individual, and group-based counseling services to students and provides education and support to school staff and caregivers in several Boston Public Schools. PATHWAYS is a collaborative project with William James College, and Boston Public Schools.
Mental Health Consultation
Every year more than 600 children in Massachusetts are expelled from preschool and kindergarten.
Mental Health Consultation services are primarily offered to pre-schools, daycare centers (family or center-based), or other facilities licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) in 47 cities and towns throughout Northeast Massachusetts to provide assessment, intervention and support strategies to address behavioral challenges and prevent expulsion.