Counseling and Support
The mission of the Counseling and Support Department is to promote growth, empowerment and enhanced functioning of individuals and families by providing quality, strength-based mental health and case management services. Through family and individual therapy and case management, the Counseling and Support Department focuses on helping individuals and families explore and resolve sources of conflict in their lives, restore or improve their level of functioning and access needed resources. Service providers engage individuals and families as principal participants and active agents in bringing about desired change.
Therapy services help children (ages 6-17), families and individuals cope with personal, emotional, and relationship problems, giving them tools to better manage their life. For children, this can include emotional support, help to resolve conflicts and new solutions for emotional and/or behavioral difficulties. In addition, counseling services are provided for clients with co-occurring disorders (substance abuse and mental health). Treatment is coordinated and addresses the complete family, cultural and ethnic experiences of clients. Children under the age of 6 in need of therapy are served through our Infant & Early Childhood Services Department.
We are unique in that we provide a comprehensive service delivery approach including therapy, case management, psychiatric and psychological evaluation services to clients throughout the lifespan (infancy through adulthood). Evidence-Based practices such as Brief Strategic Family Therapy (for adolescents with substance abuse issues and/or other behavioral or delinquency issues); client centered play therapy and filial therapy for families with young children, and cognitive-behavioral therapy for individuals with a variety of mental health concerns are utilized to meet each client’s unique needs.
Children’s Targeted Case Management provides links to help families meet their basic needs, while at the same time addressing a child’s and his/her family’s educational, emotional and behavioral needs. Case Management services are available to families with children under the age of 18. Eligible children are those who are at risk of being placed in a mental health residential program, who present with serious emotional disorders and need complex mental health and/or substance abuse services that require case management coordination. The intent is to ensure the accessibility to quality, effective services that will enable the child to continue living in a home with a supportive family. Children’s targeted case management services are focused on those children residing in the geographic area of South Miami/Kendall and south to Homestead/Florida City. An essential component of the case management program is the comprehensive assessment of the child’s and family’s needs and identifying and linking them to community resources. It includes a holistic approach to service provision such as planning, referral and linking services for any family member in need. It also includes coordination and monitoring of the service provision and children’s rights advocacy.
“Family Counseling Services has helped my family get through a very difficult time. I have seen my daughter mature and develop into a strong presence in the family, and her new role as her younger sister’s confidant has been instrumental in her sister’s disclosure of sexual assault. Although she was reluctant to attend therapy sessions at first, she told me that working through our family’s difficulties was something she could not have done without the support she and my family received from Family Counseling Services.”
– Mother of a 15-year-old Behavioral Health Program Client