New Bedford

543 North Street

 

Adult Behavioral Health Services (ABHS)

This clinic provides a full range of treatment including individuals, families, and couples therapy with various mental health issues. It also offers medication management by an expert group of psychiatrists.
ABHS Tel:
(508) 984-5566

 

 

 

Child Behavioral Health Services (CBHS)

The emotional needs and problems facing children and teens are different than those of adults. Child & Family’s clinicians are specially trained to work with children, adolescents and their families. Family therapy is emphasized and we always encourage parents to be involved in their child’s therapy. Psychiatric services are also available as an important component of our comprehensive treatment service. Our doctors and clinicians work together as a team to insure that children and their families receive the best care.

 

 

Community Based Acute Treatment (CBAT)

A short-term (7-10 days) residential treatment model for children ages 4-18 in need of acute crisis stabilization. This 9 bed unit offers psychiatry, clinical social work, case management, and residential and education services. The therapeutic environment is designed to promote reintegration of the child into his/her family, biological or otherwise. Most of the children originate from Greater New Bedford. However, the program is available to any resident of Massachusetts.
Parent and Client Handbook
Consent To Treatment/Placement Agreement
CBAT Tel: (508) 984-4175

 

Emergency Services (Crisis Center)

Child & Family’s Emergency Services (Crisis Center) operates 24 hours a day and provides care for people of all ages in need of emergency mental health counseling. An emergency service clinician evaluates the clients in crisis and arranges appropriate treatment after consultation with a psychiatrist. An experienced master’s level clinician is available seven days a week and there is always a psychiatrist on-site or on-call.
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Crisis Center Tel: (508) 996-3154

Community Crisis Stabilization (CCS)

CCS is a nine-bed unit that receives patients from our Emergency Services (ES) and from other ES programs in the area. CCS is for patients who need support, monitoring, and/or medication stabilization, but do not need inpatient admission. Typically, the patients stay for 3 to 10 days prior to discharge back into the community. Child & Family’s CCS is one of the few who see both children and adults.
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1061 Pleasant Street | (508) 996-8572

 

Adult Intake Form

This clinic provides a full range of treatment including individuals, families, and couples therapy with various mental health issues. It also offers medication management by an expert group of psychiatrists.

 

 

 

Child Intake Form

The emotional needs and problems facing children and teens are different than those of adults. Child & Family’s clinicians are specially trained to work with children, adolescents and their families. Family therapy is emphasized and we always encourage parents to be involved in their child’s therapy. Psychiatric services are also available as an important component of our comprehensive treatment service. Our doctors and clinicians work together as a team to insure that children and their families receive the best care.

 

 


 

What is Play Therapy?

Play Therapy is the only form of therapy that was designed and researched specifically for use with young children. It is based upon the same principles as adult-focused therapies, but the techniques are delivered using play rather than just talking. Since children lack the emotional vocabulary needed to fully benefit from traditional talk therapy, play therapy is a way for them to work through difficult emotions and events. Play is comfortable for children, it’s fun, and it provides an opportunity to act out troubling feelings, or practice important skills.

How is this different from my child playing with toys at home?
Play during Play Therapy is purposeful, and each activity is carefully chosen by the therapist. Play therapists are able to provide safe, calm, accepting, and therapeutic play spaces for their clients, and they are trained to interpret the play and assess for any underlying emotional disturbance that may be occurring. So, what looks like “just playing” is actually very intensive therapeutic work.

What does a session look like?
Each play session, which is held by a Licensed Play Therapist, will look different depending on your child, their personality, their current goals, and their therapist’s style. Your child will have the opportunity to play with many different toys and games, specially chosen by their therapist to use in sessions. For example, a child with a known history of trauma could have items such as a doll house available to help them express difficult memories, which could help them resolve some of the problems connected to the trauma.

Will my child talk about their feelings during play?
They may, but not always with direct words. Children’s play during a therapy session can follow themes relating to something that is bothering them, or something they need to work through. They will often act out feelings or events during play, which their therapist can respond to therapeutically, helping the child process difficult emotions.

Will I be involved in my child’s Play Therapy?
Input from parents is always very helpful, and can lead to your child receiving targeted and specific treatment based on their needs.  If more hands-on involvement is necessary, your child’s therapist may suggest a type of Play Therapy called Filial Play Therapy, which strengthens the parent-child relationship by encouraging the parent to become part of the session. It works best when all major behavioral issues have been resolved. Over the course of 2-4 sessions, your child’s therapist would show you how to use some play therapy tools that you could then use at home with your child.


 

School-Based Counseling Services

Schools are in a unique position to identify students who may be in need of emotional support. Child & Family, in cooperation with local school districts, provides clinical services on-site at over 55 schools in New Bedford, Fall River, and surrounding communities. School-based services allow the clinician and the school to work together to address the complex needs of the students and their families in a setting that is both familiar and comfortable for students.

Mixed Population

This program seeks to increase understanding between the elderly and disabled residents who are living in the same housing complex. Through home visits, service coordinators help with advocacy, health care & wellness, isolation issues, safety concerns, accessing community resources, insurance concerns, and budgeting. Monthly Coffee Socials are also provided where guest speakers and community resources are brought in to discuss topics of interest.
Mixed Population Tel: (508) 996-8572.

 

The following program is possible through partnerships
with the United Way of Greater New Bedford:

*Family Resource Center  (FRC) 

This program is a statewide network of community-based providers offering multi-cultural parenting programs, support groups, early childhood services, information and referral resources and education for families whose children range in age from birth to 18 years of age.  Child & Family Services collaborates with the FRC, a Master’s level clinician and a family partner provide services to individuals and families who have been identified as being at risk of (Children Requiring Assistance) CRA involvement.  The purpose of our involvement is to provide needed support and resources to help divert youth from court involvement.

3057 Acushnet Avenue| (508) 990-0894

 

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters
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Caring Network

The Caring Network is designed to help children between the ages of 4 and 14 who witness violence in their homes, schools, and communities. Counselors help children through the initial trauma, help them develop safety plans in case of future violence, and show them ways to settle conflict and tension without violence. These services are available to children and their families regardless of their ability to pay. Since its inception in 1996, the Caring Network has helped more than 1200 boys and girls.
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Community Service Agency (CSA):
Intensive Care Coordination (ICC) and Family Support & Training (FS&T)

CSA is a community-based organization whose function is to facilitate access to, and ensure coordination of, care for youth with serious emotional disturbance (SED) who require or are already utilizing multiple services or are involved with multiple child-serving systems (e.g., child welfare, special education, juvenile justice, mental health) and their families.
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Empowering Families for Success (EFS)

This program is designed to meet the needs of families who have children with mental health problems referred by the Department of Mental Health. Most services are provided in a family’s home at their convenience. Some of the services include traditional counseling to assistance with homemaking, behavior modification, medication management, respite services and any other type of service that will train and assist the family to address the needs of their children in a non-hospital setting.
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In-Home Therapy

In-Home Therapy is a structured, consistent, strengths-based therapeutic relationship between professional staff and identified youths and families. Its purpose is to treat youths’ emotional and behavioral health needs, improve families’ ability to provide effective support and promote healthy family function. The treatment team, comprised of a licensed clinician, youth case worker, family and youth, develops treatment and safety plans based on the family’s identified needs and goals. The In-Home Therapy approach applies established psycho-therapeutic techniques in intensive family therapy, supplemented by the case worker’s one-on-one contact with the youth, to implement focused interventions. It emphasizes behavioral techniques and encourages development of natural supports to strengthen the family and youth so that therapeutic goals might be met and sustained after team involvement has ended.
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Parents As Teachers

Parents As Teachers (PAT) is a modeled certified program that emphasizes parent-child interaction, development centered parenting, and family well- being. The PAT program works with parents from prenatal to kindergarten age by doing family centered assessments and following a structured curriculum. Each participant is assigned a certified Parent Educator. A certified Parent Educator will do four interrelated and integrated components to the PAT model. 1. Personal Visits. 2. Group Connections. 3. Screening. 4. Resource Networking.
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Therapeutic Mentoring

Therapeutic Mentoring offers structured, one-to-one, strength-based support services between a therapeutic mentor and a youth (up to the age of 21) for the purpose of addressing daily living, social, and communication needs.
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