JCS Family Counseling Services provides specialized mental health services for families by focusing on the prevention and treatment of emotional trauma to foster resiliency in children from infancy through adolescence. JCS believes that a strong family unit provides children with a sense of belonging and a critical sense of value and gives them a vital network for social support.

Programs
JCS Family Counseling Services provides an array of specialized mental health services for families. Clients range from infants, children and adolescents, to adults and caregivers. JCS offers mental health counseling for individuals, families and groups, as well as testing and evaluation. JCS provides community outreach and prevention education and care coordination.
With a strong reputation for providing quality services and programs, JCS Family Counseling Services focuses in serving all communities regardless of race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or language.
Programs include:

Infant & Early Childhood Services

Infant & Early Childhood Services provides a full range of family-centered services that focus on young children, from birth to age six, and their primary caregivers. A fundamental principle is that healthy social-emotional development and secure, nurturing early relationships build the foundation for enduring psychological well-being and future success.

Services include:

  • Dyadic Therapy: serves to strengthen the parent/child bond and to enhance effective parenting skills.
  • Individual Play Therapy: focuses on assisting preschool children to acquire emotional regulation, learn healthy socialization and coping skills, and assist them in the appropriate expression of emotions.
  • Family Therapy: creates change by recruiting parents and caregivers as active participants by learning skills necessary to advocate for their children and empower families towards success.
  • Group Therapy: creating a unique opportunity to build skills within a setting where support and encouragement abounds.
  • Working collaboratively, the mental health therapist, parents, teachers, and other service professionals assist the child in reaching his or her treatment goals as well as enhancing their behavioral, academic, emotional, and social success.

Parenting Training includes:

Families and Schools Together (FAST) Program

  • Help children succeed in school
  • Increase parent involvement in school and community activities
  • Facilitate the use of positive discipline techniques
  • Strengthen family communication

Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT)

  • Helping your child open up to you
  • Therapeutic limit setting
  • Recognizing emotional needs and building self-esteem
  • Fostering creativity, self-control, and self-responsibility

Counseling

Counseling promotes growth, empowerment and enhanced functioning of individuals and families by providing quality mental health and case management services focusing on resolving, restore or improve their level of functioning and access needed resources.

Therapy services help children (ages 6-17), families and individuals cope with personal, emotional, and relationship problems, giving them tools to better manage their life.

For children, this can include emotional support, help to resolve conflicts and new solutions for emotional and/or behavioral difficulties. In addition, counseling services are provided for clients with co-occurring disorders (substance abuse and mental health). Treatment is coordinated and addresses the complete family, cultural and ethnic experiences of clients. Children under the age of 6 in need of therapy are served through our Infant & Early Childhood Services Department.

Children’s Targeted Case Management provides links to help families meet their basic needs, while at the same time addressing a child’s and his/her family’s educational, emotional and behavioral needs.

Case Management services are available to families with children under the age of 18. Eligible children are those who are at risk of being placed in a mental health residential program, who present with serious emotional disorders and need complex mental health and/or substance abuse services that require case management coordination.

Children’s targeted case management services are focused on those children residing in the geographic area of South Miami/Kendall and south to Homestead/Florida City. An essential component of the case management program is the comprehensive assessment of the child’s and family’s needs and identifying and linking them to community resources. It includes a holistic approach to service provision such as planning, referral and linking services for any family member in need. It also includes coordination and monitoring of the service provision and children’s rights advocacy.


Providing Adolescents and Children With Trauma-Focused Therapy (PACTT)

This initiative is federally funded to meet the unmet needs of trauma-affected children, adolescents, and families from high-risk communities. The goals are to reduce the unmet need for trauma-focused services for Miami-Dade County children, youth, and families and to strengthen the capacity of the child and youth service delivery system to delivery high quality, evidence-based trauma focused care.