Family Counseling Services assists over 6,000 individuals per year. Eighty percent of the people we serve are children (toddlers to eighteen) along with members of their family. These family members can include siblings, parents and other care givers. Their needs can range from relatively minor behavior issues at home or in the school to serious mental health illnesses that could lead to a child being admitted into a resident treatment facility
Programs are maintained throughout Miami-Dade County including South Miami, Little Havana, Opa Locka, Kendall, Naranja, Leisure City and Homestead. Clients are referred to FCS from a variety of entities including parents, teachers and staff in the Dade County Public School System, the Department of Juvenile Justice, area hospitals, Switchboard of Miami, other service providers and internal referrals.
The services provided by FCS are “evidence based.” The service models used have undergone extensive research through clinical testing and are proven to be effective. We have adopted The Social Development Strategy that believes all parts of the clients’ environment (the individual, their family and the community) play a significant role in the clients’ mental health.
For many, life choices as an adult are predestined by their childhood. Eighty-five percent of children in our early prevention programs show remarkable improvement and many go on to make the honor roll in school. The Families and Schools Together (FAST) program targets children aged toddler to five and is the only mental health curriculum in Miami-Dade County that is a national Best Practices program for early intervention.
Family Counseling Services reaches out into the community in a number of ways. The Journey Institute program offers Sexual Violence Provention Education workshops where participants are involved in an interactive discussion related to sexual violence issues.
Multiple individual and group counseling services are available. Children’s Case Management Services focus on assessing, coordinating and linking timely services for emotionally disturbed children and adolescents to enable them to remain in their family homes or within the community. These children are most at-risk to be removed from their home and placed in residential treatment facilities.