Children and adolescents are given the opportunity to explore a wide range of developmental issues. Our youngest clients can learn to express their needs, tackle developmental challenges related to separation, individuation, and school readiness, and grow the necessary skills to have healthy peer and family relationships. Adolescents utilize therapy to address challenges with self-esteem, peer relationships, school and academic difficulties, depression and anxiety, as well as stressed and dysfunctional family relationships.
Parents and children are seen together in counseling to strengthen bonds, improve communication, and develop more effective problem solving strategies. Contemporary families are faced with a myriad of stressors, including financial uncertainties, academic and developmental struggles, and communication breakdowns. Family therapy can help the various members find more productive ways to interact and reestablish satisfying connections.
Central to our holistic view of treatment, parents are seen as essential partners in the successful treatment of all of our child and adolescent cases. Knowing full well that parenting is one of the most challenging and potentially rewarding roles for many adults, we actively engage parents in their child’s counseling experience. Parents are the crucial first step in developing a comprehensive individualized treatment plan for each child client. Parents participate in treatment through regular communication and meetings with their child’s counselor. Through this dialogue parents learn about typical development as well as to how to recognize and address the specific needs of their own children.
Our Parent Education Series is a 4 session package that is offered continuously throughout the year. The series is open to all clients at the Center as well as parents in the community. Parents of children presenting for counseling at the Center are required to participate in at least one set of classes. This series is facilitated by specially trained interns who conduct the weekly sessions with an emphasis on understanding development, increasing awareness of how parents’ own early experience impact parenting choices, development of improved communication and conflict resolution skills, and ways to incorporate positive change into family functioning.
The interns provide onsite individual and group counseling sessions to local elementary, middle, and high school students. Students present with a variety of concerns, including academic struggles, social and peer challenges, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and drug and alcohol experimentation. Our interns meet weekly to provide students with a safe and nurturing counseling experience, which allows them to work through the many challenges of childhood and adolescence.
The Child and Family Services of TMCC partner with several nonprofit agencies to provide mental health and counseling services to traditionally underserved children and families. Interns trained in the nuances of early childhood development offer support and clinical expertise to administrative and teaching staff and provide assessment as well as intervention and referrals for identified children. Interns meet with parents to support access to any recommended services, and conduct a specifically designed Parent Education Series offered to support the growth and well-being of the children and families.
This unique program has been running continuously for over 40 years, providing service to local elementary schools. Talented and committed volunteers who have received extensive training in the principles of character development and group facilitation staff the Community Circle experience. These volunteers provide local school aged children the opportunity to learn and practice social skills, employ effective peer conflict resolution strategies, and to consider and talk about various aspects of character development. Interested in volunteering?