SERVICES FOR CHILDREN & THEIR FAMILIES
Early Childhood Counseling
New Morning believes that all areas of a child’s development are built upon early emotional foundation and attachment to a primary caregiver, we are passionate about the importance of early intervention, while a child’s brain is still developing. The goal of our early childhood mental health program is to provide affordable and professional intervention as early as possible in a child’s life. A parent (or primary caregiver) is involved in nearly every aspect of our therapy programs, most of which pivot upon laying the groundwork for and reinforcing caregiver-child bonds. Our services are provided to hundreds of children and families every year: professional assessment of early mental health concerns; counseling of infants, young children, and their caregivers; play therapy, and alliances with other community advocates like Early Headstart, Headstart, pre-schools, teachers and social workers.
New Morning Youth and Family Services partners with many schools and agencies county-wide, placing licensed therapists and supervised interns on-site at their facilities where their services may be most accessible.
Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT)
Specially certified New Morning therapists work directly with the parents of children who are experiencing behavioral problems, including aggression and trouble following directions, to repair their relationships and improve family interaction. This is accomplished by giving parents the tools to provide effective discipline while boosting the child’s self-esteem and enhancing the attachment between parent and child. Parents are taught various approaches to improvement of both the child’s behavior and the parent-child relationship, including the use of play, strategic praise, distraction techniques, and so on. Once the parent has received instruction, the parent and child are placed in a room with a table and toys. The parent is equipped with a small earpiece and given simple, direct coaching for implementing learned interaction techniques by a therapist, who observes the parent-child interaction from behind a one-way mirror. Once effective techniques have been mastered over the 16-20 week program, long-term implementation of techniques continues in the home environment.
Child & Teen Counseling
The New Morning Youth and Family Services clinic offers a wide range of services for individual children and teens, as well as their families. Our goal is to ensure that children are safe, healthy, at home, in school, and out of trouble.
Youth Behavioral Specialists are available 24 hours a day to talk with Shelter residents, de-escalate parent-child conflicts, and field phone calls from both public and private agencies. Our Shelter accepts youth for drop-in and overnight services. Please click here for more information about our 24-Emergency Youth Shelter.