We provide a wide range of therapeutic services to children, families and adults. We also provide professional training, educational evaluation services (school psychological, functional behavior assessment/behavior improvement plan, Response to Intervention/RtI consultation and related student services) clinical/behavioral consultation and clinical supervision services for other professionals (BCBA, BCaBA, LCSW, LMFT). We provide evidence-based, empirically supported interventions. Our directors and associate therapists are trained, certified and/or clinically supervised to provide these services. We provide services in the office as well as in homes and the community (schools, group homes, etc). Our directors and lead clinicians are certified as being Adoption Competent (NACAC, Rutger's Model, FL DCF). All of our clinical staff have been trained in Trauma-Informed Care.
Services Include :
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) - offers individualized assistance for children (ages 2 to adult) with challenging behavior, their families, and other caretakers, as well as supports professionals from various other disciplines. ABA Services are designed to identify the purposes behavior serves for a child and to develop interventions focused on preventing problems, teaching replacement skills, and responding effectively to behavior. The goals of intervention are not only to improve behavior, but also to enhance the overall quality of life for children and families. ABA Services are appropriate for children engaging in behavior that: endangers the child, family members, or other people, damages the child’s surroundings or personal property, disrupts family, school, or community activities, Interferes with the child’s development of new skills, restricts social contact or participation in integrated settings. When a child is referred to ABA Services, the behavior analyst (BCBA-D, BCBA, or BCaBA) will work with the family (and other professionals, as appropriate) to: identify specific behaviors of concern and goals for the child and family, determine the circumstances affecting the child’s behavior and the purposes it is serving, create a behavior support plan that includes strategies for families to: prevent problems by changing aspects of the environment, teach skills (e.g., communication) to replace challenging behavior, respond differently to encourage positive behavior, provide coaching to assist the family and other caregivers in using the plan and monitor and evaluate the outcomes of the interventions.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) - is an empirically-supported treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral disorders that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. It is a short-term (usually 14-16 weeks), specialized behavior management program for young children. PCIT works with the child and caregiver to improve overall behavior and reduce parenting stress. The goals of PCIT include; improving the parent/caregiver-child relationship, improving a child's ability to follow directions, increase a child's ability to manage frustration and anger, increase social skills, increase attention, and build self-esteem. PCIT is designed for young children between the ages of 2 and 7. PCIT has been shown to be successful with children with oppositional/defiant problems or aggressive behavior, children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), children experiencing adjustment problems, children impacted substance abuse or parental abuse/neglect, and children in foster care/not living with their parents, adopted and/or recently reunified with their parents.
Behavior Management Therapy (BMT) - is a short term, family-centered program (usually 12-16 weeks) intended for children who display noncompliant, oppositional, stubborn or socially hostile behavior, either alone or in conjunction with another childhood disorder. Portions of the treatment can be quite valuable to use with mild situational behavior problems in otherwise typical children whose families are being seen for more general parent, marital or family therapy. BMT prior to other forms of traditional psychotherapy has been shown to increase the effectiveness of those therapies. The goals of BMT are similar to PMT (see below). These include: improving parental management skills and competence in dealing with a child's oppositional behavior, increasing parental knowledge of the sources of childhood defiant behavior, examine how social learning within the family may contribute to such behavior, to improve child compliance, This therapy program is designed for children between the ages of 5 and 12.