The services our staff strive to provide the youth and families we serve are individualized, family-driven, culturally-diverse, and strength-based. We also work collaboratively with all system partners and referring agencies.
Our services include:
Intensive In-Community Services (IIC)
The IIC therapist provides effective behavioral health services to children and youth and their parents/caregivers in their home and in the community. The IIC therapist provides an array of time limited, prescriptive, behavioral health treatment services including individual, group, and family therapy, psycho-education, evaluation, behavioral management, and counseling. These services target the youth’s strengths, competencies, and challenges in collaboration with a multi-systemic team of professionals and paraprofessionals. Therapists are trauma informed and utilize the Nurtured Heart Approach and the ARC comprehensive framework for interventions with complexly traumatized youth as clinically indicated.
We offer the expertise of:
Individual Counseling and Group Counseling by Licensed Level Therapists.
They are clinically-licensed behavioral healthcare practitioners who provide direct face-to-face individual, group, and family therapy. Licensed clinicians may also be requested to complete Needs Assessments, clinical case evaluations, and BioPsychoSocial Evaluations (BPS).
NJ Certified Behavioral Support Services
Our NJ Certified Behavioral Assistant provides individualized, specific, outcome oriented, face-to-face intervention in the child/youth’s home and community. A Behavioral Assistance Individual Service Plan (BAISP) is developed by a licensed clinician in conjunction with the youth, family/caregiver, and a coordinated team of professionals and paraprofessionals. The BAISP targets specific behaviors that interfere with the youth’s optimal functioning in multiple domains and assesses and identifies strengths, needs, and goals. This intervention provides the youth and caregiver/family with effective strategies, additional skills and strengthens existing skills, resulting in effective behavioral modification.
We offer the expertise of:
Services involve applying positive behavioral principles within the community using culturally-based norms for behavior. The interventions should result in sustainable positive behavioral changes that improve and enhance the quality of life in the areas of physical and mental well-being, interpersonal communications, relationships, social interactions, behavioral conduct, adaptive coping strategies, and behaviors.
Behavior Assistants employed with Children’s Continuum of Care are trained in-house and through the New Jersey System of Care Behavior Assistant Certification process
Intensive In-Home Services (IIH)
Specialized Psychological Evaluation
When children are not reaching specific developmental milestones, parents are often told not to worry. They are told that some children develop later or slower than others. While this is true, it is not always the case. Having an accurate diagnosis is an important plan for a child suspected of having a specialized disorder.
We offer Specialized Psychological Evaluations for children who are suspected of having autism spectrum disorder or attention-deficit disorder, children who may have had previous evaluations, or those who need diagnostic clarification. Specialized Psychological Evaluations may also be used to identify cognitive levels and behavioral concerns.
These Specialized Psychological Evaluations include but are not limited to: Fire Setting, Psychological, Neuropsychological, Substance Abuse, Bonding and Custody, and Psychosexual Evaluations.
Our team of qualified clinical professionals utilizes their expertise in the assessment and diagnosis of children with specialized disorders. With the goal of providing diagnostic clarification and a better understanding of the child’s condition and current level of functioning, our clinicians provide comprehensive feedback. This feedback includes identified conditions, recommendations for educational placement, speech or occupational therapy services, and behavioral interventions.
Licensed psychologists provide individualized, specialized evaluations for children and youth in the community. The purpose of the specialized evaluations is to provide the child, youth, parent/caregiver, and the team of professional and paraprofessionals with diagnostic clarification, determination of a specialized psychological/medical disorder, identification of cognitive levels and comprehensive feedback on behavioral concerns.
Mentors provide individualized, one-to-one, structured support services to the child and youth with the goal of addressing the communication, social, family, and daily living needs of the child and youth in their home and community as part of a comprehensive plan developed by the child, youth, and the parent/caregiver and their team. Mentoring services includes supporting, training, and coaching the youth in age-appropriate behaviors. Skills taught include: problem-solving and decision making, interpersonal communication, interrelating with peers, siblings, family members, and adults, organization and time management, personal management, and conflict resolution and negotiation.
Mentoring also includes:
- Communication Skills Training
- Conflict Resolution Training
- Intensive Care Coordination
- Social Skill Acquisition Through Role Play
- Identification of Community Resources for the Youth and Their Families
- Hands-On Coaching and Training in the Home, School, and Community
- Aftercare Planning and Consultation
Mentoring is also designed to include appropriate participation in educational, athletic, vocational, recreational, artistic, and social activities. Our mentors develop a behavioral health treatment plan with the youth and family where possible. This behavioral health treatment plan can help ensure the youth’s success in learning new skills, navigating various social situations, and making functional progress.
DCP & P Family / Group / Individual Service
The licensed therapist provides effective, strength based, clinical, behavioral health services to children and youth and their parents/caregivers in their home and in the community. The licensed therapist provides an array of trauma informed, prescriptive, behavioral health treatment services including individual, group, and family therapy, psycho-education, evaluation, behavioral management, and counseling on a short, intermediate, and long term basis. The services are provided as part of a comprehensive plan developed by the child, family, caregivers, and the DCP&P case workers. Therapists utilize the Nurtured Heart Approach and the ARC comprehensive framework for intervention with complexly traumatize youth as clinically indicated.
Licensed psychologists, licensed therapists, and certified staff provide individualized specialized evaluations for children and youth in the home and community. The purpose of the specialized evaluations are to provide the child, youth, parent/caregiver, and the team of professional and paraprofessionals working with the child, youth and parent/caregiver diagnostic clarification, determination of a specialized psychological/medical disorder, identification of cognitive levels and comprehensive feedback with behavioral concerns. These evaluations include, but are not limited to: BioPsychoSocialsAssessments, Bonding and Custody, Fire Setting, Neuropsychological, Psychological, Psychosexual. and Substance Abuse Assessments.
We offer a broad range of in-home services to children, youth, and families referred by the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P).
Specialized Counseling and Support Services
We recognize that each family faces unique issues and concerns. We provide in-home specialized counseling and support services to help children/adolescents and their families face these issues, improve family relationships, and meet the demands that surface within the home.
Individual and Family Counseling
We provide individual and family counseling to children/adolescents who are at risk of out-of-home placement, and for families whose needs haven’t been met by traditional treatments. A needs assessment will be completed beforehand to determine if this treatment is appropriate.
Applied Life Skills Program
Certified staff provide the Applied Life Skills Program with the child and youth in their home and community. The Applied Life Skills Program is a comprehensive and dynamic program designed to help develop healthy attitudes and behaviors, increase self-esteem, and improve the youth’s knowledge of essential social, personal self management, career, vocational, and educational skills that promote the child and youth’s health and personal development. The Applied Life Skills Program utilizes life coaching. The Applied Skills program can be implemented in an individual or a group setting.
Through our Applied Life Skills Program, we strive to promote each client’s health and personal development. It is a comprehensive and dynamic program designed to help develop healthy attitudes, increase self-esteem, and improve one’s knowledge of essential life skills – all of which are vital to achieving healthy and positive personal development. Our life skills program focuses on life coaching, career objectives, and interactive/independent life skills.
The objectives of this program include:
General Social Skills
Gain skills to meet personal challenges such as clear communication, overcoming shyness, building relationships, and improving social relationships.
Personal Self-Management Skills
Develop skills that can help enhance self-esteem and confidence, manage stress and anxiety, and develop problem-solving skills.
Develop skills that can help one achieve and maintain sustainable employment. This includes job coaching, discovery and career profile, preparation for job search, resume building, job development and search, and interview skills and training.
Needs Assessments / BioPsychoSocial Evaluations / Strengths and Needs Assessments
In order to fully understand a child/youth situation, our licensed therapists can conduct a comprehensive Needs Assessment/Biopsychosocial Evaluation. This assesses the client on three different dimensions, namely biological, psychological, and social. It is typically conducted at the beginning of therapy and assesses the biological, psychological, and social factors that can be contributing to the child/youth/family’s challenges. It is considered a holistic assessment as it looks at the client on different levels.
How to Access Services
Here’s a step-by-step guide to access our services:
- Call NJ Children’s System of Care / PerformCare to request service: 1-877-652-7624.
- Share information regarding your child’s needs.
- Request Children’s Continuum of Care to complete an assessment and make recommendations.
- Contact our office to share you have made a request for services: 856-661-1100.
- An assessment will be scheduled and conducted by a licensed clinician and sent to PerformCare for clinical review/request for services as recommended within the assessment.
- PerformCare will contact the family and our office to share any information regarding approval for in-home services.
Through Biopsychosocial Evaluations, we aim to provide:
Treat and stabilize underlying medical problems and to treat primary psychological symptoms with known biological treatments.
We treat and stabilize psychological issues using cognitive-behavioral treatments, psychodynamic modalities, dialectical behavioral treatments, etc.
We advocate for our child/youth/family and offer assistance with referrals, accessing community resources, funding, insurance coverage, and more.
We use Biopsychosocial Evaluations because we understand that our child/youth/family’s are biological, psychological, and social creatures all at the same time. Through this type of evaluation, we better understand our client’s needs on a holistic level.
The Strengths and Needs Assessment is a multi-purpose assessment tool used for behavioral health services to support decision making, including service planning, determining level of care, quality improvement initiatives, and to monitor service outcomes.
The key steps in a Needs Assessment include: defining the goals for the assessment, articulating the purpose of the assessment, identifying target populations, determining how the data will be collected and used, determining the timeline for the process, and determining the strategic use of the findings. A needs assessment is objective and includes input from the client, their family, and other professionals involved in their care.
Different approaches and tools may be used to gather input and data for strengths and needs assessment. These include interviews, focus groups, one-on-one sessions, and other surveys and measurement tools. The results from these assessments can be integrated as part of the child/youth/family’s treatment plan. The findings can also be used to support the child/youth/family’s treatment and ensure that it is well-suited for their needs.
Other Services Offered: Approved Clinical Supervision / Training / ETC…
- New Jersey Approved Licensed Clinical Supervisors provides ongoing clinical supervision to interns, therapists, behavioral assistants, mentors, and applied life skills staff who provide services to the child, youth, and parent/caregivers as clinically indicated and in compliance with state regulatory, and national licensing standards.
- Applied Clinical Supervisors (ACS) are available for therapists who are pursuing a New Jersey clinical licensure as one of the following: Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Licensed Professional Counselor.
- CCoC Trainers are available to provide trainings to individuals, groups, and organizations as requested. Training topics include but are not limited to the following: addictions, autism spectrum disorders, behavioral management, child development, coaching, conflict resolution, emotional regulation, intellectual and development needs and treatment, partnering, parenting, psychological disorders, and school refusal.
We understand that children/youth/families have different needs, which is why on top of the abovementioned services, we also offer a variety of other services intended to support the unique preferences, goals, and needs of our children/youth/families. All of these services are customized to each person’s needs and can be delivered in the home or community.
Trauma-Focused Evidence-Based Practice
We cater to the needs of children who have gone through traumatic situations. Through our Trauma-Focused Evidence-Based Practice, we address the unique needs of children with PTSD symptoms, depression, behavioral challenges, and other difficulties related to traumatic life experiences.
Our services are designed to focus on the identified strengths of the youth and their family, develop treatment goals utilizing their strengths which focus on desired outcomes, establish community supports and connections, while constantly working to strengthen the family’s coping skills and resources needed to restore or maintain the youth’s capacity to function in the community, and regain their personal sense of sustainability.