For youth and their families
Karen Rice, LCSW is Director of our Therapeutic Resource Center and Program Director of our Independent Living Arrangement. Karen has more than 30 years of experience counseling youth and their families. She is certified at the national instructor level in Mental Health First Aid-Youth and Adult. Karen holds a Master of Social Work, Mental Health from VCU and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the UVA.
VHBG provides a continuum of therapeutic services to meet the needs of the youth we serve on campus, as well as those residing in surrounding communities. Our clinicians and mentors provide services that are individually tailored and trauma-informed.
For our VHBG Teaching-Family Home residents, our licensed clinicians provide individual, group, and family therapies to help youth dealing with a range of emotional and behavioral issues. Services are strengthened through coordination with our on-campus nursing and psychiatry staff.
For community youth or those youth stepping down from other programs, we offer the following services. These services help families solve problems within the context of the family, rather than through placement outside of the home.
Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an eight-hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis, select interventions and provide initial help, and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
WHO SHOULD TAKE THE COURSE?
The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with youth (teachers, school staff, coaches, church and youth group leaders, parents, social workers, hospital staff, law enforcement, employers, etc.).
WHAT WILL PARTICIPANTS LEARN?
The Youth Mental Health First Aid USA curriculum is primarily focused on information participants can use to help adolescents and transition-age youth, ages 12-18. The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder.
For more information, call 804-270-6566, Ext. 159 or email Lfrancis@vhbg.org. The next available sessions are:
Friday, January 11, 2019 click here to register
Friday, February 8, 2019 click here to register
Friday, March 15, 2019 click here to register
Thank you to our generous sponsor, Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports Research & Implementation Center at Virginia Commonwealth University, for making this workshop possible.
Individual and family counseling provided to youth and families from the community as well as out-of-home placements to help facilitate the development of healthy social, emotional, and behavioral functioning. Our licensed and credentialed professionals meet the specific and individual treatment needs of our clients including those who have experienced substantive trauma in their lives. Treatment is strength-based and outcomes-oriented for youth ages 5-21 and adults.
For more information call Lisa Francis at (804) 270-6566, ext. 159.