Children & Adolescents Program

The Children and Adolescents program provides therapeutic services to children and their families to reduce the incidence of progressive mental/emotional disturbances. The program seeks to prevent the extrusion of children from their homes, schools, and community. Thus, family empowerment is a key element of program services

The program provides community training and consultation to parents, teachers and social service providers in the areas of mental and emotional health. The target population includes those children/adolescents and their families who manifest “at risk” or “high risk” disturbances not attributable to deficiencies in the home, school, or community between the ages of 0-17 years.

0-17 Program

The 0-17 Program provides mental and emotional health services to children and their families during the prenatal to 17-year phase of life to decrease the incidence of emotional, mental and/or physical difficulties as recognized by their parents, teachers and/or significant others.

The program provides services that will assist in preventing the removal of children from their schools, homes and/or community. The program also provides community training and consultation to parents, teachers and social service providers in the area of mental health, abnormal behavior and physical disabilities. Children assigned to this program may have family histories of mental illness, substance abuse, child abuse/neglect and or behavioral disturbances at home or school. The program’s objective is to effect changes in children and families through clinical and psycho-educational interventions.

Child Abuse Prevention Intervention Project

The Child Abuse Program addresses the therapeutic needs of the victim, the perpetrator and the non-offending parent. The program helps children think about the abuse that they have experienced in ways that are less destructive to their self-image. It helps to prevent the extrusion of children from their homes, schools and community. This Program helps the parents to develop appropriate parenting and disciplining skills, which aid in maintaining the family unit and/or assists in the reunification of families. Furthermore, it helps parents to protect their children from abuse. Finally, the program provides local schools, the community and social service agencies with training, staff development and consultation in the area of child abuse. The target population is children between the ages of 5-17.

Family Enrichment Night

The purpose of the Family Enrichment Night is to allow the consumers and collaterals to interact in a setting that would enhance bonding and the overall quality of their relationships. Also, to provide insight into how the family and the Bobby E. Wright Center can work in partnership to assure effective intervention and successful treatment outcome.

Topics discussed that relate to the consumers, e.g., anger, self-esteem, discipline, aggressive behavior, etc. Also, it provide an opportunity for leisure activities that facilitates positive family interactions (e.g., collages, paper mache’, games, etc.

Penny Project

This is a creative project that allows children and adolescents to experience the positive benefits of responsibility and commitment, learn about money management/accounting, improve self-esteem, and improve communication skills. It also seeks to teach work ethics at an early age.

To accomplish these goals, children make visits to staff offices, accompanied by an assigned worker to ask for generous contributions of money i.e. pennies and dollars. These children are designated as “Accounts Managers”. They are responsible for counting the money collected, submitting the money to Business Operations Dept., and entering the amount in an account ledger. Money donated are deposited in an activity fund account that is used to support recreational activities, purchase art supplies, and fund other special needs of the children.

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