Youth and their families from the Richmond region as well as clients served in all of our programs on campus are welcome in our Therapeutic Resource Center. To hear more about how we approach counseling, please watch this video from our Director, Karen Rice, LCSW.
Karen Rice, LCSW, is the Therapeutic Resource Director at Virginia Home for Boys and Girls. She has more than 30 years of experience counseling youth and their families. Karen is certified (at the national instructor level) in Mental Health First Aid-Youth and Mental Health First Aid-Adult. This is an international certification to train the general public in responding to mental health concerns/issues. Throughout her career, she has facilitated group discussions and provided workshops for parents who want to communicate more effectively with their children. Karen holds a Master of Social Work, Mental Health from VCU and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UVA.
For more information about our Therapeutic Resource Center, please contact Lisa Francis at 804-270-6566, etc. 1590.
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. 1590 or email Lfrancis@vhbg.org.
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VHBG’s Therapeutic Resource Center provides counseling, consultation, and psychoeducation services to individual youth, families, and groups. All of these services are supervised by a licensed professional. These services effectively and directly meet the needs of youth and families served through VHBG and better mirror a youth’s Individual and Family Service Plan (IFSP).
These services are included as part of our Transitional Living programs (Group Care Services and Independent Living) and are not billed separately to Medicaid, HMOs, or CSA.
VHBG does not provide psychotherapy services, but if a youth’s or family’s presentation warrants psychotherapy, is clinically indicated by our or other assessment, or is otherwise noted on the youth’s IFSP, VHBG will identify Licensed Clinicians within our network of trusted providers to appropriately match the client with said provider, particularly in the case of CSAC or CSOTP needs.