Clinical social workers and mental health therapists provide confidential individual therapy. This service is for individuals experiencing emotional distress, difficulties in coping with personal situations or for those who wish to better understand themselves and grow personally.
Marital and relationship counseling is available through our Behavioral Health Department. This service provides assistance in helping couples and families solve interpersonal conflicts and improve communication. Family counseling is available either at the Human Service Agency or in the home of the client.
A licensed social worker in our Behavioral Health Department has been trained in the Duluth model to assist individuals who have demonstrated difficulty controlling their anger. This model seeks to eliminate domestic violence through written procedures, policies, and protocols governing intervention and prosecution of criminal domestic assault cases. This group meets weekly for 26 weeks and is court approved for anyone who has been ordered by the court to take an anger management program.
The Human Service Agency offers psychiatric evaluations and medication management with a licensed physician assistance and a psychiatric certified licensed nurse practitioner. Psychiatric evaluations consist of a one on one clinical and medical interview with a psychiatric prescriber for the purpose of determining the need for psychotropic medication and potential referral for therapy or case management. Recommendations by the provider are made to help clients reach their ultimate potential for a healthy, happy life. After the evaluation, clients return on a consistent basis for medication management appointments to evaluate the effectiveness of the medication and make necessary changes. Two psychiatric nurses are also available to assist clients who are in need of medication questions or refills.
Therapists in our Children and Family Service Department are able to meet the youth and family in a location that is convenient for them. Services may be provided in the home, in the school or a mutually agreed upon location. These therapists also stay connected with the other team members to ensure the needs of the youth and family are being met and that all are working toward the same goal.
The Human Service Agency offers MRT for adults and adolescents in a group format. MRT is an evidence-based program combining education and structured exercises to assist participants in addressing negative thought and behavior patterns. MRT includes 12 steps which focus on issues such as honesty, trust, acceptance, healing relationships, and setting goals.
The Human Service Agency offers ART for adolescents in a group format. ART is designed to alter behaviors of chronically aggressive youth by using guided group discussions to correct anti-social thinking. ART uses repetitive learning techniques to teach coping skills for managing anger and impulsiveness. ART includes three interventions; social skills, anger control, and moral reasoning.
The Human Service Agency offers DBT skills group for adults and there are plans to offer skills group for adolescents in the future. DBT Skills Training groups are for clients who would like to cope more effectively with intense emotions, addictive behaviors, and/or relationship struggles. DBT Skills are taught to reduce self-destructive behaviors and learn more adaptive ways to manage painful emotions. These skills include: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance.
Our Children, Youth and Family Services Department provides unique counseling to individuals who are in need of individual and family therapy. Our staff are trained in delivering care using a system of care approach. Using this approach, the family identifies individuals they want on their "team" to help them reach their identified goals. In addition to family members and friends, the team may also include court service officers, child protection workers, school personnel or department of corrections agents. Services focus on the strengths of the child and family and can be provided in a setting of client choice: agency, home, school, or public venue. In addition to providing therapy, our clinicians serve as case managers, serving as an advocate for them in the community.
Behaviors suggesting a need for intervention include: