Child and Family Center Services

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All families who seek services at the CFC participate in the Family Check-Up (FCU) instead of a traditional intake. The FCU offers parents and other caregivers a snapshot of how their child is developing compared to other children of the same age and identifies parenting and environmental strengths and challenges that affect that process. It also allows families to choose which services they participate in.

The Family Check-Up

The Family Check-Up is a brief, strengths-based comprehensive family assessment that typically includes a home visit, observation of brief structured family interaction tasks (e.g., 3-5 mins), interviews with family members, and a school assessment (if indicated). Following the family assessment, one or two additional meetings focus on providing the family with feedback on the strengths and challenges of their child and/or family. The goal of the feedback session is to collaborate with parents to evaluate their family’s needs. Based on the information gathered from brief questionnaires and interviews, a menu of intervention options is provided to parents, including options for continued therapy and services within the clinic.

Family Therapy and Support

Family therapy and support is a collaborative process that focuses on needs identified by parents and family members. Typically, families meet weekly with a therapist, and together they concentrate on supporting existing strengths and family management practices and developing new strategies to work with problem behaviors.

Individual Interventions with Children and Adolescents

Direct interventions with children and adolescents, including counseling, therapy, or advocacy within a mental health delivery system, may be part of individual interventions with children and adolescents. Individual work with these youth is typically combined with family therapy.

Parent Skills and Support

Parents skills training can be provided for all ages and will include specific skill development (e.g., behavioral management skills), as well as a focus on the parent-child relationship, developmental issues, and parent involvement at school. Parenting curricula are based on research and have proven helpful to parents interested in making family change.

Child-Centered Skill Enhancement

We can work with younger children on building skills in a variety of areas, including social skills development, anger management, and self-control.

Comprehensive Child Assessments

We offer psychological and psycho-educational testing for children and adolescents for parents whose children are dealing with issues such as school behavior and/or achievement problems or behavioral and emotional disorders. We work closely with families, teachers, and other individuals involved in children’s lives to develop an in-depth understanding of children’s competencies, areas of concern, and overall adaptation.

"Our therapist was eager to accommodate our schedule. She was very friendly and warm and put all family members at ease. Our son bonded well with her and became emotionally stronger." - Parents of an 11-year-old male