In-Home Therapy (IHT)
IHT is provided by a clinician (often working as a team with Therapeutic Training and Support bachelor-level staff) to treat children and adolescents behavioral health needs and to improve the family’s ability to provide effective support to their child. IHT focuses on improving the child/adolescent functioning. IHT is available to children, adolescents and youth ages 0 to 21. Clinicians or teams typically meets with the family a couple of times a week (contact can increase if a child/adolescent or the family are in crisis or experience more difficulties). Clinical teams at MSPCC incorporate family therapy, parent management training, and evidence-based treatments to enhance the effectiveness of interventions and improve youth and family functioning. The IHT clinician may work with the entire family, or a subset of the family to implement focused interventions and behavioral techniques aimed at:
- Enhancing coping, problem-solving and functioning of children/adolescents
- Setting strategies for effective limit-setting, risk management and safety planning
- Improving communication and decrease conflict
- Building skills to strengthen the family
- Achieving therapeutic goals
- Improving ineffective patterns of interaction
- Identifying and utilizing community resources
- Developing and maintaining natural supports for the child/adolescent and parent/caregiver(s)
- Coordinating care and maintain consultation with doctors, individual therapists, DCF workers, psychiatrists, teachers/schools
Therapeutic Mentoring offers structured, one-to-one, strength-based support and social skill services for the purpose of improving daily living, social, and communication needs. Services are offered when the youth receives behavioral health services from a “hub” (this can be an In Home Therapy Team, an outpatient therapist or an Intensive Care Coordinator). Therapeutic mentors help youth in navigating various social contexts such as school, after-school, community participation and peer relationships. Services provided for older teenagers and young adults promote the development of independent living skills, self-care and vocational readiness skills. Therapeutic Mentors offer coaching of youth’s interactions and engages the youth in discussions about strategies for learning new skills, make functional progress, and improve effective handling of interactions. Therapeutic Mentoring activities include:
- Supporting, coaching, and training the youth in age-appropriate behaviors and skills
- Guidance and support for budgeting, job seeking, self-care, grooming, and use of resources
- Interpersonal communication practice
- Functional skill-building
- Problem-solving and conflict resolution
- Rehearsals for relating appropriately to other youth, as well as adults, in recreational and social activities
Outpatient therapy is offered to children, adolescents, families and caretakers. Master’s level or above clinicians provide a variety of short to mid-term treatments and clinical interventions to treat 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 more. Clinicians employ treatments and strategies to address needs identified through a comprehensive assessment of the client. In providing services to children and adolescent, MSPCC approaches involve ongoing caretaker and/or family participation in order to offer information, psycho-education, guidance and skills and strategies to address conditions that are relevant to the functional improvement of the child or adolescent.
Psychiatric Assessment and Psychopharmacology
Board certified psychiatrists provide evaluation, medication assessment and follow-up as a component of behavioral health treatment to clients who are actively engaged in Outpatient or In Home Therapy at MSPCC Family Counseling Centers. Medications are considered as part of a comprehensive, integrated and individualized approach to treatment planning. When medication is indicated, MSPCC staff provides education to the clients, caregivers and children about the disorder being treated, the role of medication in mental health treatment, and the specific role of the recommended medication(s), including therapeutic effects and possible side effects. The use of medication in children is responsive to each child’s changing needs, the caretaking environment, and improvements over time.
Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Students in Schools
Our Family Counseling Centers partner with local schools to provide therapy within the school setting or in the student’s home. Consistent with MSPCC’s principles for clinical practice that prioritize family engagement, clinicians working in the school actively involve families as partners in the assessment, goal-setting and treatment process.
The PATHWAYS program is offered through the Jamaica Plain Clinic in partnership with the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology at the West Roxbury Academy and the Urban Sciences Academy.
Available in Northeast Massachusetts
Our services are designed to help day care programs serving children who are at risk of suspension and expulsion due to challenging behaviors. Services from early childhood mental health consultants and behavior coaches serve programs serving children birth to eight, programs with voucher/contract agreements with EEC to provide subsidized care and programs that do not have other resources to cover the cost of mental health consultation services. Requests from pre-school and after school programs operated by school districts and public schools are accepted with prior approval by EEC. Mental health consultants conduct classroom observations, assessments, teachers, day care staff and parent interviews and gather necessary information to plan and implement strategies to support children and staff. When children are in need of therapy or family counseling referrals are made for further assessment and/or mental health services in the community including outpatient, CBHI services (In-Home Therapy, Intensive Care Coordination, and therapeutic mentoring), neuropsychological evaluations, or psychiatry consultation. Learn More >
How MSPCC’s Mental Health Consultation program is making a difference
Family Stabilization Treatment (FST) Services
FST is a short-term, flexible, intensive clinical and case management service to assist caregivers in stabilizing the behavior of children and adolescents in home settings (both biological home and foster home settings) or after discharge from inpatient hospital settings. These services are designed to divert youth from hospital settings, prevent repeated hospitalizations or to allow children and adolescents to move from a hospital to a less restrictive setting. Services are provided by a 2-member team, made up of a Master’s level clinician and a Bachelor’s level case manager. FST services are available to clients with commercial insurances. Family Stabilization Treatment Programs are closely linked to Emergency Services Programs.
Community Support Program (CSP)
Community Support Program are offered by para-professionals to adults, children and/or adolescents in a community setting to assist clients with mental health conditions who need support with housing, accessing medical care and mental health services, build links with community supports or need in resolving crisis situations.