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It’s not easy growing up. Children and adolescents typically face challenges at all ages that are unique to their genetics, individual development, past experiences, and family culture. As we recognize the individual needs of our clients, we offer a variety of services geared to meet each child’s specific needs and encourage healthy development.

Our therapists, case managers, and psychiatrists share a common goal, and work together to provide services for children between birth and 18 years of age. They utilize best practices that focus on the strengths of the child and his/her family, thus promoting strong relationships and healthy futures for each child enrolled in the program.

Services we offer include:

Early Childhood Program

This program offers therapy, consultation, assessments, medication management, and/or referrals to the parents of children from birth to age eight, who have no health insurance or don’t qualify for Medicaid. The cost is based on a sliding scale fee. Day care providers, Headstart, or preschool teachers can also access services when working with children who exhibit problem behaviors.

Children’s Psychiatry

Health Solutions employs a team of board-certified child psychiatrists who have extensive knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of all childhood behavioral health disorders. They work closely with the child’s therapist and case manager to ensure seamless and effective treatment.

Therapy & Case Management

Our masters-level therapists offer child-centered, strengths-focused, evidence-based, and culturally-sensitive therapy to children enrolled in the program. Our case managers are skilled in helping families identify their specific needs and locate the appropriate resources to meet those needs. Wrap-around services are available.

School Based Services

Our therapists can provide focused, short-term treatment to students with emotional and/or behavioral problems. They will also work with school staff, parents, and guardians in coordinating intervention and treatment services for these students.

Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Services

Using interactive, age-appropriate and research-based curriculum, we offer outpatient substance abuse treatment services for adolescents, ages 13-18 who are struggling with substance abuse issues, or at risk for substance abuse. Topics include: education about effects of drug & alcohol, healthy coping skills, peer pressure, refusal skills, values clarification and decision –making.

Multisystemic Therapy (MST)

MST is an evidence-based program that empowers youth (aged 12 – 17) and their families to function responsibly over the long term. MST reduces delinquent and antisocial behavior by addressing the core causes of such conduct – and views the client as a network of systems including family, peers, school, and neighborhood. Therapists have small caseloads and provide services in the home at times convenient to the family. The average length of treatment is between 3 and 5 months, and therapists and provider agencies are held accountable for achieving change and positive outcomes. 

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Treatment options:

Treatment may consist of any one or combination of the following, in order to help each child in the most effective, least restrictive manner:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Sibling Therapy
  • Group Therapy*
  • Medication Management

Group Therapy

Offers the opportunity to meet with fellow peers who are experiencing similar issues and difficulties. The following groups are offered for parents and children, and available based on need:

Mondays at 4pm for ages 6-10 year-olds. This group helps to teach children self-regulation while recognizing the anger in others and includes coping and conflict resolution skills.

Wednesdays at 4pm for ages 11 years-old and up. The duration of the group is five weeks with the first two weeks for the parents, weeks three and four for the children, and week five for both parents and children. Topics include the same for the adults and problem solving. Topics include emotional and physiological responses to anger, anger as a thinking error, how to maintain self-control, and de-escalation interventions.

Tuesdays at 4pm for ages 6-10 years-olds.  This group helps to teach children to follow and respect boundaries, respect for others, engagement in positive communication and conflict resolution skills.

Wednesdays 3-4:30pm ages 13-15 with parent or guardian and Fridays 3:00-4:30 ages 16-18. This group is for those who are struggling to control their emotions and behaviors.  Participants will learn skills and tools to increase their self-awareness, attention control, positive emotions, reduce impulsivity, improve and maintain peer and family relationships, build self-respect, and reduce family conflicts.

Wednesdays 11am-1pm for parents with kids ages 3-18. If you want to raise kids who are self-confident, motivated, and ready for the real world, take advantage of the win-win approach to parenting.  Parenting with Love and Logic puts the fun back in parenting!

Mondays at 4pm for Teens ages 13-18 (boys and girls) who struggle with using marijuana, alcohol, or other drugs. This group is designed to give facts and provide useful tools to support teens in making positive changes.

Wednesdays at 4pm. This group is for teen girls who have experienced physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect or other types of trauma and struggle with substance abuse. Groups are based on 25 topics to help people rise above their trauma, establish healthy relationships, and improve the positive choices they make. Seeking safety helps detach from emotional pain through grounding, how to ask for help, and taking one’s power back.

Mondays at 4pm for four weeks.  The group covers lifestyle choices such as eating, sleeping, and socializing habits in addition to self-awareness and assertiveness skills.

Wednesday nights at Hope for Children, 6-7:30 pm or Thursday mornings from 10-11:30am at YFS. The group addresses the brain science behind trauma and difficulties in attachment that may later lead to children with emotional regulation difficulties and addresses lying and stealing, hoarding and gorging, defiance, aggression, and lack of eye contact.

Multisystemic Therapy (MST)

MST is an evidence-based program that empowers youth (aged 12 – 17) and their families to function responsibly over the long term. MST reduces delinquent and antisocial behavior by addressing the core causes of such conduct – and views the client as a network of systems including family, peers, school, and neighborhood. Therapists have small caseloads and provide services in the home at times convenient to the family. The average length of treatment is between 3 and 5 months, and therapists and provider agencies are held accountable for achieving change and positive outcomes. 

The primary goals of MST are to a.) reduce youth criminal activity; b.) reduce other types of anti-social behavior such as drug abuse; and c.) achieve these outcomes at a cost savings by decreasing rates of incarceration and out-of-home placement.

The ultimate goal of MST is to empower parents, that is, assure they have or develop the skills and resources needed, to address the difficulties that arise in raising children and adolescents and to similarly empower youth to cope with family, peer, school, and neighborhood problems. This is done in part through the utilization of indigenous (i.e., naturally occurring or preexisting) child, family, and community resources that support the long-term generalization and maintenance of changes that take place during MST treatment. The MST Therapist consults with and coaches parents and guardians on strategies to set and reinforce curfews and rules in the home, decrease the adolescent’s involvement with anti-social peers and promote friendships with pro-social peers, improve the adolescent’s academic and/or vocational performance and manage the challenges presented by criminal activity that may exist in the neighborhood. MST therapists focus on collaborating with and empowering parents by using identified strengths to develop or enhance a natural support system comprised of extended family, friends, neighbors and community members.

Principle 1: Finding the fit
An assessment is made to understand the “fit” between identified problems and how they play out and make sense in the entire context of the young person’s environment. Assessing the “fit” of the young person’s successes also helps guide the treatment process. 
 
Principle 2: Focusing on positives and strengths 
MST Therapists and team members emphasize the positives they find and use strengths in the young person’s world as levers for positive change. Focusing on family strengths has numerous advantages, such as building on strategies the family already knows how to use, building feelings of hope, identifying protective factors, decreasing frustration by emphasizing problem solving and enhancing parents or careers’ confidence.

Principle 3: Increasing responsibility
Interventions are designed to promote responsible behavior and decrease irresponsible actions by family members.

Principle 4: Present-focused, action-oriented and well-defined
Interventions deal with what’s happening now in the young person’s life. Therapists look for action that can be taken immediately, targeting specific and well-defined problems. Such interventions enable participants to track the progress of the treatment and provide clear criteria to measure success. Family members are expected to work actively toward goals by focusing on present-oriented solutions, versus gaining insight or focusing on the past. When the clear goals are met, the treatment can end.

Principle 5: Targeting sequences
Interventions target sequences of behavior within and between the various interacting elements of the adolescent’s life—family, teachers, friends, home, school and community—that sustain the identified problems.

Principle 6: Developmentally appropriate
Interventions are set up to be appropriate to the young person’s age and fit his or her developmental needs. A developmental emphasis stresses building the young person’s ability to get along well with peers and acquire academic and vocational skills that will promote a successful transition to adulthood.

Principle 7: Continuous effort
Interventions require daily or weekly effort by family members so that the young person and family have frequent opportunities to demonstrate their commitment. Advantages of intensive and multifaceted efforts to change include more rapid problem resolution, earlier identification of when interventions need fine-tuning, continuous evaluation of outcomes, more frequent corrective interventions, more opportunities for family members to experience success and giving the family power to orchestrate their own changes.

Principle 8: Evaluation and accountability
Intervention effectiveness is evaluated continuously from multiple perspectives with MST team members being held accountable for overcoming barriers to successful outcomes. MST does not label families as “resistant, not ready for change or unmotivated.” This approach avoids blaming the family and places the responsibility for positive treatment outcomes on the MST team.

Principle 9: Generalization
Interventions are designed to invest the parents or careers with the ability to address the family’s needs after the intervention is over. The parent or career is viewed as the key to long-term success. Family members drive the change process in collaboration with the MST therapist.

Please direct questions and referrals to allisonp@health.solutions

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Youth and Family Services

1012 West Abriendo Ave., Pueblo, CO 81004

Phone: 719.583.2207  |  Fax: 719.583.4160

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Hours:

  • Mon: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Tue: 8:00am-6:30pm
  • Wed: 8:00am-6:30pm
  • Thurs: 8:00am-6:30pm
  • Fri: 8:00am-6:30pm
  • Sat - Sun: Closed
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