Clinical & Family Support
A growing body of evidence indicates that community-based services can be more effective than out-of-home care for some children and families. The Home provides an array of clinical and support services throughout Eastern Massachusetts that are integral parts of the communities in which they reside. Children and families receive services in the locations that are most appropriate for their needs: a child’s own home, school, clinic, or hospital.
Community-based programs include:
- Child and Family Counseling Center
- Children’s Community Support Collaborative
- Preschool Outreach Program
- Safe at Home
- Therapeutic After School Program
The Child and Family Counseling Center (CFCC) is a licensed outpatient mental health clinic. CFCC has a primary site in Roslindale, an office site in downtown Boston, and many other outreach sites. Multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural staff of the CFCC offer an array of assessment, treatment, consultation, and prevention services to children, adolescents, and their families.
We treat children and families experiencing a variety of stresses including: relationship problems, school problems, single parent family issues, depression, anxiety, behavior disorders, attentional problems, substance abuse issues, family violence, and emotional traumas. Staff provide individual, group, and family treatment; substance abuse counseling; psychological testing and neuropsychological testing; medication evaluation, prescription, and follow-up; specific treatment for trauma survivors; specialty counseling services for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender clients and families; and community and school consultation on mental health, substance abuse and prevention issues.
CFCC services are provided at our two clinic sites, in over 40 area schools, in clients' homes, and in other community settings. The treatment and prevention services are designed to promote healthy development and improve mental health functioning of children, adolescents, young adults and families, increase parental competency, and increase individual and family connection to the local community.
The Children's Community Collaborative (the "Collaborative") in Brighton organizes and manages a treatment continuum for youth with significant emotional and mental health needs and their families. The Home is the sole manager of the Collaborative’s system of care in the City of Boston. The Collaborative has a solution-focused, competency-based, managed care treatment model. It has assembled an integrated network of Boston providers, with a rich assortment of specialty and flexible services. The program also directly provides residential and home-based services. Other services are purchased from within The Home for Little Wanderers or from a wide range of area agencies, ideally in the client’s local community. The Collaborative stresses family participation in all phases of treatment.
The Preschool Outreach Program (POP) is a prevention and early service program for young children ages birth to seven years and their families. The Program provides both direct services and training/consultation services. Direct services such as play therapy, social skills groups, and family therapy are provided for identified children and their families. Training and consultation services include parent skills training in neighborhoods throughout Boston, and training and consultation on social and emotional competence for providers of early child care and education in Boston. Community partnerships which sponsor the work of POP are: ABCD Head Start, ABCD Child Care Choices of Boston, independent child care and education centers of the 0-8 Coalition, the Boston Public Health Commission, and other independent family and center-based child care settings.
Service for children and families is provided on site in preschools, Head Start programs and day care centers as well as in consultation with early childcare providers and teachers. We also see children for therapy in our offices in Jamaica Plain. Since the children are young, and the families are frequently in an early stage of family development, early intervention in the life cycle of the child and the life cycle of the family is preventive and supports the entire family's growth and development.
Safe at Home is a team of therapists who work intensively with a child, and his or her family, in the home for a period of 3 weeks to 3 months. We offer a diverse staff fluent in Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Armenian. Safe at Home is dedicated to helping families further assist children and adolescents who are in psychological, behavioral or emotional distress. This is a voluntary program that needs the family to join in the process in order to be successful.
A child and their family may be referred to the Safe at Home team during a time of crisis as an alternative to placing the child in a hospital, foster care or residential program. A crisis worker, from a psychiatric emergency service, or through the Department of Children and Families, may suggest Safe at Home when they feel that the child or teenager can safely live at home but needs to be seen by a therapist more frequently than once a week. Work with children and families includes helping families devise safety plans, helping create effective behavioral plans, fostering better communications and aiding in the development of clear and safe limit setting through building on families' strengths. The Safe at Home team is made up of master's level mental health professionals and bachelor's level community clinicians who work for The Home for Little Wanderers, while also working in collaboration with Boston Medical Center, Cambridge Hospital, Carney Hospital, Children's Hospital and the Department of Children and Families.
The Therapeutic After School Program (TASP) is based in Roslindale. TASP provides Boston-area youth aged 10 to 18 with a community-based after school treatment environment. The program offers a therapeutic milieu with educational support, therapy and psychoeducational groups, and recreational and social skill building activities, as well as individualized treatment planning. TASP clients are referred by the Department of Mental Health, the Department of Children and Families, and other state and community agencies. For many of the participating youth, TASP serves as an alternative to out-of-home placement. For others, the program serves as a crucial step in the process of rejoining their families. TASP offers family events and activities as a way of involving families in the youth's lives and treatment.