Social Services & Counseling

Dealing with the treatment of children dealing with domestic conflicts or social issues

Child and Family Counseling


Counseling is used to treat children with emotional problems or behavioral issues. The focus of counseling is to stimulate the optimum behavioral, emotional and social development of your child. The goal is to resolve problems that affect their personal and family lives and improve the overall well-being of the child. LifeSteps’ counselors are trained to improve the functioning of the whole family and provide your child with the stability to cope with life’s difficulties.
Signs your child may need counseling:
  • Impatient or bossy with other children
  • Disruptive in class or may be considered the class clown
  • Seem to always be too hard on themselves or others
  • Depressed
  • Anti-social or combative
  • Resists daily routines and refuses to help
  • Too much energy




What does a counselor do?

At LifeSteps, our Counselors are dedicated to improving patients’ lives. They can work one-on-one with children and families to support those dealing with domestic conflicts or social issues. They help to improve the social and psychological functioning of each child in order to minimize the well-being of the child and their family. Counselors can provide services that are far reaching, supporting patients in areas ranging from disabilities to dysfunctional and challenging home situations.

How Does It Work?

An evaluation will be done by LifeSteps’ Counselor. The evaluation will require time with the parent/guardian/care giver separate from the child, time with the child and perhaps input from the teacher or physician, if appropriate. Once all of this information is gathered, a plan of care will be developed with the parent/guardian or patient, if appropriate.



 

Social Services

LifeSteps’ Social Workers offer resources, conduct research, advocate for services and provide information to families. Our caring Social Workers aid in the overall development of your child’s ability to function in society.

Signs your child may need a Social Worker:

  • Financial concerns for basic needs like food, shelter, clothing.
  • Questions about state and federal assistance programs
  • Need for or questions about organizational and community resource referrals.
  • Need assistance locating doctor or specialist



What does a Social Worker Do?

Social Workers conduct research, advocate for services, and assist patients and families in taking the steps they need to improve their lives. They often serve as a bridge between children and their families, school, teachers, or other caregivers. They advocate for the child and support parents in getting the social services needed to improve their child’s development.

How Does It Work?

Social services are available to clients of LifeSteps. An assessment conversation between the parent/guardian and the social worker will be set up if indicated after admission. The social worker will then make follow up contact with families as needed to provide ongoing information and support.