Community-Based Educational and Mental Health Programs
for Children and Adolescents
Astor operates many community-based educational and mental health programs at clinics throughout the New York State Mid-Hudson Valley region and the Bronx, NY. For children and adolescents with moderate to severe behavioral health problems, our clinics provide a range of counseling, treatment, and education services.
Astor's outpatient behavioral health centers and day treatment programs are licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health. Our centers provide priority access to seriously emotionally disturbed children and adolescents, and offer a planned combination of evidence-based clinic treatment services.
Clinic services are provided by members of Astor's licensed professional staff.
Family participation in both treatment planning and the treatment process is important. Astor focuses on each family's strengths in order to develop and implement an individualized treatment plan. Steps are identified which will help strengthen each family's ability to reach the goals of the plan, and use treatment, counseling and special education services for positive outcomes.
The Pathways to Healthy Living program provides a holistic approach for treating sexual harm by youth using evidence based practices. Our goal is to help youth and families heal pain that has led them into treatment, and help the youth lead a healthy, productive life free from causing harm.
We offer assessment and treatment planning, and use a combination of family, individual, and group therapy as well as a psycho-education group for the non-offending parents. All youth and families receive a safety plan based on a home Safety Assessment.
We assist in the development of a support network for youth, and coordination and collaboration with other service providers/probation. We provide services to assist family with reconciliation, family reunification and restorative justice.
Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an empirically supported treatment for children ages 2-7 who engage in oppositional and defiant behaviors. The emphasis is on improving the quality of the parent-child interaction and changing the parent-child interaction patterns. Parents are taught skills to establish a secure and nurturing relationship, and the child learns to increase social skills and decrease negative behaviors.
Astor's clinic treatment centers provide services during the day, as well as after school and in the evening.
Who We Serve
Astor's community based services are available to emotionally disturbed children and adolescents up to 18 years of age, or 21 if still in school and living at home and with their families, without regard to race, gender, income, national origin, sexual orientation, or religion.
Core Values For Working With Children
- All families have strengths.
- Families deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.
- The type and degree of support each family needs vary throughout the life span.
- Diversity is an important and valuable reality in our society.
- Families need coordinated services from agencies using a similar approach.
- Families should choose their own goals and the methods to achieve them.
- The system of care for families should be child-centered and family-focused, with the needs of the child and family dictating the types and mix of services.
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