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  • PCRC Clinical Services for Children

    Child Guidance Clinic:
    The Child Guidance Clinic is a state-licensed outpatient psychiatric clinic for children which provides a multi-disciplinary approach to problems associated with behavioral, emotional and learning difficulties of children and youth aged 3 to 18. Treatment is based on a comprehensive mental health evaluation and is intended to diminish the interference of psychiatric problems in everyday life while fostering age-appropriate development.

    Treatment is focused on the principals of child development and supports family preservation. Clinical services include diagnostic evaluation, individual, family or group therapy, medication evaluation and management, crisis intervention, substance abuse counseling and consultations to schools, courts and other institutions.

    Rapid Response Service:
    A program of the Child Guidance Clinic, the Rapid Response Service provides urgent evaluation and psychiatric care for children and families in crisis.

    Intensive Outpatient Program:
    PCRC’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), focuses on children between the ages of 6-17 who are having difficulty meeting school, family or social expectations due to serious emotional, behavioral and social disturbances. Children attend daily group sessions for approximately 8-12 weeks which emphasize problem-solving and relaxation skills, emotional expression, learning how emotions and actions work together, and identifying behavioral and social disturbances. Treatment also involves play, art and drama therapy, psychiatric services, and active parent/family involvement.

    Intensive Mentoring for Adolescent and Child Treatment (IMPACT):
    IMPACT has a diverse and experienced staff of five, all of whom have Bachelor’s degrees, with background in fields including psychology, education, and human development. Our staff are currently matched with a total of 5 kids whose families requested the service. These children are working with their support staff on goals related to areas including social skills, communication skills, emotional regulation, and activities of daily living, while also engaging in developmentally appropriate activities in the community. While the service is traditionally funded on a case-by-case basis by DCF, PCRC has also been fortunate to receive grant funding from Pitney-Bowes Foundation and Katherine Matthies Foundation, enabling us to make the program available on a short-term basis to families who are not currently involved with DCF.

    Medication Management:
    PCRC provides medication management services to therapy clients who are actively participating in one or more of our clinical programs.

    For more information or to discuss referring a child to one of our clinical programs, please contact Trudi Hewell, LMSW, Intake Coordinator, 203-954-0543 x136.