Child and Adolescent Core Services
The New Directions Community Outreach Services Core Services are an array of behavioral health services available for youth up to age 18 with emotional and behavioral issues. These services are provided in-home and in-clinic. Services can be initiated by Parents, DJJ, DFCS Workers, School Counselors, Residential Facilities, Relatives, and Community Partners, etc. Through our diagnostic assessment, which is completed by a multidisciplinary team, a youth’s level of care and immediate service needs are determined and they are connected with services that will help them achieve their treatment goals. Family involvement is considered an important component of treatment, whenever possible. Core services include Assessment and Treatment Planning, Psychiatric and Psychological Services; Individual and Family Counseling; Group Counseling and Training; Nursing Services; and Medication Management.
Adult Behavioral Health Services
The New Directions Community Outreach Services offers Core services to adults who need assistance dealing with emotional problems. We aim to treat the “whole person,” addressing each client’s physical, emotional, social, spiritual and cultural needs. We do this by creating and promoting conditions conducive to personal growth and development. We provide solution-focused outpatient treatment that aims to help individuals; couples and families attain optimal functioning at home, work and in society. Services such as marriage counseling, group and family counseling, and individual counseling are offered in the days and evenings.
Intensive Family Intervention Services
Intensive Family Intervention (IFI) is family-centered and delivered to a targeted population of families at greater risk of disruption. Therapeutic services are provided to children 5 years and above who have been diagnosed with severe emotional and mental disorders. These services are provided by highly educated and experienced team of three professionals; a team leader who is licensed by the State of Georgia (LPC, LCSW, LMFT, CACII) and two to three full-time paraprofessionals who work under the supervision of the Team Leader. Caseloads are kept low to provide maximum monitoring for safety and allow for the level of interaction between the IFI team, the client and the family. Primarily, services are provided in the home, however other locations include communities where the target behavior may manifest including schools and after-school programs. The service is short-term (90 – 270 days) and it is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Individual and family therapy, skills building, anger management, behavior modification, alcohol and drug intervention, parent education, and strengthening of family and peer relationship are fundamental.
Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy techniques the team focuses on:
Trauma and Abuse
Behavior Modification and Skills Training
Psychological and/or Psychiatric Assessments
Substance Abuse Assessment and Counseling
Anger and Stress Management