Outpatient Mental Health Services
What is Outpatient Mental Health: Family Resource Center of South Florida, Inc. (FRC) provides intensive support services to children, adolescents and adults in crisis as identified by the Department of Children and Families and the Citrus Family Care Network. Services include parent-child psychotherapy, parenting education and supervised or therapeutically supervised visitations for families in the child welfare program. Psychological evaluations are provided by licensed psychologists and psychiatric services are also provided.
Description of Clients: The primary goal is to provide assessment/triage; referral; and mental health and/or psycho-educational services to families who have open Dependency Cases due to allegations of child abuse, neglect or abandonment.
During the triage visits for abuse and/or neglect, counselors evaluate the parent-child relationship and will focus primarily on Parent Education and develop a treatment plan based on their assessment of the situation to help the families follow their court mandated Case Plan.
Outpatient Mental Health Programs Descriptions
Parenting Skills Training: this program offers court approved psych-educational groups to train parents in the ages and stages of their children’s development. The classes also address the necessary skills for the parents to successfully understand and raise healthy children. As needed, the program offers individual interaction for parents with specific needs.
Child-Parent Psychotherapy: this service includes dyadic therapy for parents and their children under 3 years of age to address an un-formed or mal-formed parent-child bond. The program also provides therapeutic intervention for children less than 5 years of age.
Supervised Visitation: This service is provided to families that have had their children removed by the Department of Children and Families. It allows the parent the opportunity to meet with the child in a safe, nurturing environment. Visits can take place from once a week to three times a week, depending on the court order. The length of each visit is also determined by the judge overseeing the case. It is typically between one and two hours, two or three times per week.
Therapeutically Supervised Visitation: This type of visitation involves the utilization of a Master’s or Doctoral level mental health professional for continuously supervised visitation. There is an underlying assumption that: (1) the child was likely abused and/or neglected and is likely to be fragile in his/her mental health, and/or (2) the parent/caretaker is known to be abusive and/or neglectful of the child. Additionally, there is an underlying assumption that the parent/caretaker is not trustworthy, is pathological in his/her personal functioning and/or pathological in his/her parental functioning, and needs to be monitored intensively by a mental health professional. The supervising professional usually needs to make contemporaneous clinical judgments about the parenting and give assertive instructions and guidance to the parent/caretaker. Furthermore, it is felt by the staff and the court that the relationship between the child and the parent/caretaker is fragile, prone to pathological process, and frequently stressful to the child. In this type of supervised visitation, the professional supervisor often has to assertively instruct and guide the parent/caretaker.
All our therapists are Florida Licensed or License eligible and registered interns with the State of Florida.
Family Resource Center’s Parenting Program is funded by The Children’t Trust. The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County.
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