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Individual and Family Based Counseling for Youth

These services are primarily office-based and offer therapeutic interventions to older youth on an individual and/or family basis.

  • Services may be time limited and require a commitment of individual and/or family participation.
  • Youth and family members are asked to set goals and work with a counselor to reduce negative behavior patterns, increase resiliency and acquire skills and knowledge to increase emotional wellness.

Family/Caregiver Counseling for Young Children

Family counseling for young children is also primarily an office -based service. It is critical for young children to be seen in the context of their family/caregiver system. It is families/caregivers who provide for the fundamental well-being of children.

  • Family/caregiver relationships have a significant influence on the psychological, physical, and social health of children.
  • Although family relationships are important, parents/caregivers generally receive little preparation or support beyond the experience of having been parented themselves
  • Parents/caregivers are asked to set goals and work with a counselor to reduce negative behavior patterns, increase resiliency and acquire skills and knowledge to increase emotional wellness in their children and in the family

School Based Mental Health Services

The purpose of school based services is to work collaboratively and directly with schools to deliver school based mental health services to students whose behavioral and/or emotional challenges compromise their ability to attend to learning activities. Collaboration includes student’s parents, a variety of school and district staff, community services personnel, and other persons of significance in the student’s life.

School Based Mental Health Services Include:

  • Individual counseling
  • Consultation
  • Crisis Management
  • Educational staff support
  • Participation in school based/community teams supporting children and youth
  • Group counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Cross coordination/case management between schools and BHR enrolled students

School based mental health services is supported by a combination of direct contracts with school districts, shared grants and Medicaid. BHR’s School Based Mental Health Program has worked with local districts such as North Thurston, Olympia, and Tumwater as well as Chehalis School Districts.

DCFS Child & Family Liaison Program

The purpose of this program is to enhance cross-system collaboration and to assure early linkage/intervention for acute or severely emotionally disturbed children.

  • Crisis case management for children/youth experiencing mental health crises.
  • Next business day, brief intervention services to children/youth in crisis.
  • Referral and linkage to TMRSN contracted providers, DCFS services and other local resources.

Children and Parents First welcomes families with children prenatal to 12 years of age. Our program uses Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) as the treatment approach for this family centered group. Goals are:

  • To promote the independence and health of families by enhancing parents' knowledge, skills and confidence.
  • To increase the resourcefulness and self-sufficiency of parents in raising their children
  • To promote the development of non-violent, protective and nurturing environments for children
  • To reduce behavioral problems, delinquency and related problems in children and youth

Positive Peer Group

A group for enrolled male youth age 10 and up who have externalizing behaviors. Curriculum includes:

  • Recreational outings/activities
  • Community service
  • Discussion groups

Ongoing enrollment/open group. Also has membership connection to Adventure Connections.

Sound Alternatives for Juvenile Justice (SAJJ)

A service provided to youth in detention to include assessment, intervention and collaboration with other systems working in conjunction with the client. The SAJJ liaison provides intakes into BHR (as necessitated), case management services to youth in detention and advocacy in court as needed.

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