Initial counseling sessions with child and parent(s)/guardian(s) to document client and family psychological, medical and psycho-social history. During assessment, a thorough intake is conducted to assess client functioning, identify symptomology, assess mental status, identify client needs, and establish a personalized treatment plan.
Provided by on-site contract licensed psychiatrist, with appropriate monitoring.
Individual Psychotherapy for Victims of Abuse
One-on-one therapy with clinician and pre-adolescent or adolescent client, or an adult associated with the client. Weekly sessions are supportive, educational, insight-oriented and behavior modifying. Individual counseling may involve the use of art, clay, sand tray and other therapy tools as well as assessing non-verbal communication. These methods assist interaction between therapist and child, and are particularly advantageous with children who have not yet developed adequate verbal skills to express feelings, and situations, or whose trauma is so severe that verbalizing is not an option.
As needed, some children participate in group therapy as an adjunct to their individual therapy sessions. Weekly therapy in group settings are for six to eighteen clients of similar age, symptoms and difficulties, last approximately 60 minutes, and are integral parts of individually designed therapy programs.
- Teen Self-Esteem Group
Weekly group sessions to develop confidence and self-esteem to positively impact the child’s inner and outer self. Professionals volunteer to teach grooming, hygiene, dress, nutrition, music, art, communication and other confidence building appropriate to this age group.
- Tennis Life Skills Group
The Center has partnered with the USTA/National Tennis & Learning Network, a nationwide group of community tennis programs seeking to develop the character of young people through tennis education. The program promotes positive teamwork, fosters communication/listening skills and character development. This group instills in children the values of leadership, academic excellence, and conflict resolution, all through developing their tennis skills and sportsmanship.
- First Tee Golf Group
The First Tee of the Coachella Valley comes to the Center and teaches the children golf in a safe, healthy and positive environment in which students learn golf skills and are shaped by the excellent life skills the game embodies. The program promotes First Tee’s Core Values such as honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.
- AMAC (Adults Molested As Children):
Adult women molested as children share life struggles and support for positive interaction and growth. Open to the public.
- Hocus Focus Magic Group
In this weekly group session, magician McHugh uses magic as creative tool to build self-expression, self-identity, and appropriate communication. As a group activity, magic encourages the children to learn a trick and perform it for the group, using their own dialogue and patter. This process develops assertiveness, leadership skills, problem-solving skills and increases appropriate social interaction. It also raises self-esteem, encourages independence, provides positive social experiences, and enhances communication and management skills.
- Music Group Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to facilitate communication and expression. The goal is to address issues that children may not be able to express using words alone. Music therapy sessions include the use of active music making, music listening, and discussion, and is an excellent adjunct to individual counseling.
Therapy in which the client and family members meet to help modify behaviors and provide support. Abusive family members are not a part of any Children’s Center counseling protocol.
Counseling Non-Abuse Childhood Disorders (on a space available basis)
Counseling is beneficial to parents of a child with the following, and other disorders and traumas. Family and primary victim counseling improves the mental health and well being of the child.
- Anger Management
- Bullying and Cyber Bullying
- Issues of Grief/Loss/Bereavement
- Blended Family Issues
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Low Self-Esteem
- Childhood Depression and Anxiety
- Academic Underachievement
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Divorce Reaction
- Sleep Disturbances