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Home Based Outpatient Counseling

This component is especially successful for high-risk juveniles who are not responding to typical community-based services or who have been found to need institutional placement, as well as those returning from incarceration or institutional placement.

A primary goal is to keep the youth in the community and divert them from further penetration into the juvenile justice system. The foundation of this component is that it is family focused with an emphasis on the client. Treatment services concentrate on maintaining family stability; capitalizing on the youth’s and family’s strengths (i.e., skills, values, and communication patterns), develops resiliency, and demands responsibility and accountability.

The clinician collects information about the family and how the adolescent's use of alcohol or other drugs affects her or his behavior, family and social relationships, mental and physical health, school and/or job, and involvement with the law. The counselor uses the assessment to identify particular stressors and any family or individual mental health or behavioral problems that may adversely affect the youth's conduct. Comprehensive clinical assessments, when deemed necessary are conducted. The findings and recommendations are reported to the youth and family, courts including judicial and court counseling staff and referring agency.

This component build’s the capacity of the youth and the family while addressing family management problems, parenting skills, supervision, family communication and bonding. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) are the models used in this component.

Program Goals:

The goal of the FACT Counseling component is to employ Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy/Treatment* (CBT) and/or Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) to help youth identify and change the dysfunctional beliefs, thoughts, and patterns of behavior that create problems and build coping skills to deal with trauma. These behaviors are often linked to juvenile delinquency and/or criminal behavior.

Program Objectives:

  • Consumers who participate in program services will remain in their home setting.
  • Consumers who participate in program services will have no new adjudications while enrolled in program services.
  • Consumers who participate in program services will demonstrate a decrease in violations to probation status while enrolled in program services (when applicable).
  • Youth and family members will demonstrate improvement in targeted behaviors as outlined in the consumer/family service plan.
  • Decrease runaway incidents
  • Increase their academic success
  • Decrease secure confinements
  • Decrease out of school suspensions

Referrals & Admissions:

Referrals from judicial staff, court counseling staff, DSS court, attorneys and the district attorney’s office are prioritized for services. In addition, referrals may be received from DSS, schools, law enforcement agencies/School Resource Officers (SRO), Managed Care Organization (MCO)/Alliance Behavioral Health, Child Advocacy Center, JCPC funded programs, project partners and others as capacity allows. Parents are welcome to make referrals.

For more information about FACT services or to make a referral or appointment, please contact the lead Clinician at 910.321.3703 or our main office at 910.829.9017.


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