Working with children and adolescents with mental illness, trauma, and behavioral issues in all of our Community-Based Service programs.
Services are delivered in a community setting or client’s home and often take place after school, after work, or on weekends.
Child and Family Therapist:
Provide assessments, individual and family therapy.
Child and Adolescent Clinician:
Conduct diagnostic assessments.
Therapy services are planned, face to face therapeutic interactions between a trained and qualified clinical professional and an individual recipient, a family unit, or a group of recipients with similar clinical needs. Therapy Services at XAS use a range of clinical techniques, strategies, and modalities depending on the recipient’s needs and diagnosis, and are aimed at:
Helping the individual, family, or group achieve and maintain stability; and
Improving the mental and emotional health of the individual, family, or group and assisting them to cope or gain control over the symptoms and effects of their illness or life stressors.
Therapy Services can be delivered in a community setting or in the recipient’s home and are made available to the client, family or group of clients at times that are most convenient to them, such as after school, work or on weekends. All Therapy Services are available on a statewide basis and include:
Individual Therapy: Face-to-face, one-on-one clinical intervention sessions facilitated by a specially trained mental health clinician with an individual. Individual therapy can be used to assist the individual in identifying maladaptive behaviors and cognitions, identifying more adaptive alternatives, and learning to use those new adaptive behaviors and cognitions. Positive outcomes of individual therapy include (but are not limited to):
- Learning and practicing adaptive coping and problem solving skills;
- Promoting cognitive and emotional development;
- Resolving inner conflicts or dysfunctional thinking;
- Learning to express feelings in an appropriate manner; and
- Improving ability to relate to others and developing healthy relationships.
Family Therapy: Family therapy involves face-to-face clinical intervention sessions that are facilitated by a specially trained mental health clinician and members of a family unit. In family therapy, the clinician assists the family members with identifying maladaptive interaction patterns between family members and developing competence in utilizing more adaptive patterns of interaction. Family members are assisted in understanding and improving the ways in which they interact and communicate with each other. Treatment is focused on changing the family dynamics by revealing areas of strength and reducing and managing conflict. The goal of family therapy is to get family members to recognize and address problem areas by establishing roles that promote autonomy and individual membership while maintaining a sense of family cohesion and solidarity and rebuilding positive family relationships.
Group Therapy: Group therapy are face-to-face intervention sessions facilitated by a specially trained mental health clinician and a small group of recipients, who are addressing similar issues. The group process allows members to offer each other support, share common experiences, identify strategies that have been successful, and to challenge each other’s behaviors and cognitions. Group therapy is a useful in helping members grow emotionally, to practice new coping and decision making skills, to develop new and more positive ways of relating to people, and provide support in a safe environment that encourages the healing process.
Crisis Management: A crisis may be thought of as a dramatic emotional or circumstantial upheaval in individual or family’s life. Those experiencing a crisis event may have reactions consisting of psychological, behavioral, and/or even physiological symptoms accompanied by marked deterioration of functioning. The purpose of Crisis Management (CM) is to assist the individual or family in restoring his or her or their level of functioning. This is accomplished by:
(1) Evaluating the nature of the problem and determining the recipient’s mental, psychological, and/or medical status;
(2) Ensuring the safety of the recipient and others;
(3) Providing reassurance and support;
(4) Assisting the recipient in developing an action plan that can be used to mitigate the crisis, minimizes distress and prevent similar incidents in the future; and
(5) following up with the recipient and other relevant persons to ensure follow-through, assess progress, and provide additional assistance and support as needed, including referral to available community resources.