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Outpatient Child and Adolescent Program

‚ÄčDFCS is an outpatient mental health facility that offers a full range of innovative treatment services to youth and their families. The services provided by DFCS include:
  • Comprehensive Assessment, Treatment and Referral
  • Individual, Family, Play, and Group Therapy
  • School Evaluations, Observations and Consultations
  • Psychological Evaluation and Testing
  • Psychiatric Evaluation and Medication Monitoring
  • Case Management and Advocacy
  • Conflict Resolution and Anger Management Groups
  • Crisis Intervention Services
  • Community Outreach using non-traditional approaches
  • Interagency Collaboration at local and state levels
  • Delinquency Prevention
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Areas of special expertise include trauma/loss, ADD/ADHD, anger and aggression management, parenting training, social skills training, parent-child interactions, delinquency prevention, child abuse and neglect, foster children, separation/divorce, school consultation, and psychological assessment.

The services offered by DFCS are always client-centered, confidential and private. Counseling is designed to suit each client's specific needs. Individual assessment is conducted to determine the nature of the problem, and mutually agreed upon steps are developed with clients to resolve their issues.

Treatment can range from a few appointments to long-term support. Clients are referred to the best person or program to help solve their problems. Parents, guardians or other important relatives are encouraged to participate. Follow-up and feedback are used to determine whether clients are satisfied with the help they received.

The staff also trains student therapists enrolled in DePaul University's Clinical Psychology doctoral program, which emphasizes urban, community-based, and multicultural experiences with children and families.