Mental Health Services
Will’s Way clinicians use behavioral interventions to address several problem behaviors and concerns individually in the clinic setting. Since the focus of our practice is with children and adolescents, family involvement in therapy is common and often necessary for the success of treatment. It is for this reason, individual interventions with children are often paired with parent training and consultation.
Therapy goals tend to focus on ways to increase skills such as self-help skills, adaptive skills, functional communication, and social skill, while reducing problem behaviors such as defiance, noncompliance, attention-deficits, aggression, depression, anxiety, phobias, mood disturbances, and school related difficulties. The number of individual intervention sessions may vary across children and depend on the problems behaviors, but are generally 50 minutes in length.
Parenting can often times be challenging, especially if you have a child who has special needs. Challenging behaviors and problems may also impact the parent-child relationship, making it difficult to maintain positive interactions with your child. Family therapy is provided for families looking to develop alternative parenting skills, foster communication between family members, and prevent residential placements for children and adolescents. Family therapies are typically scheduled based on the concerns of the family and severity of the problem behavior, but often range from weekly to monthly appointments
Will’s Way clinicians use principles of behavior analysis to help foster the parent-child interactions. Will’s Way staff, together with parents, promote both academic and social development in children. Parent consultation/training will generally involve exploring environmental conditions that may be contributing to or motivating problem behaviors. In addition, staff will work closely with parents to help develop goals and evaluate and implement intervention strategies. Parents are generally provided with an intervention protocol, data collection sheets to monitor progress, and other relevant information to carry out the interventions at home. The length of parent consultation varies depending on the target behaviors, child progress, and intervention success. Typically, initial intake sessions will be approximately 60 minutes in length and follow-up consultation sessions will be 45-50 minutes in length.
Areas in which parent consultation may be effective include: aggression, social skills, noncompliance, tantrums, toileting problems, social withdrawal, homework completion, school phobia, language skills, problems at school, and anxiety.
Will’s Way offers social skilled themed groups for children and adolescents who need assistance mastering interpersonal and social skills such as: conversations, body language, adaptive skills, feeding skills, personal space, community behaviors, cooperative play, and anger management.