Purpose, Organization, and Monitoring of the Specialized Crisis Counseling Services Program

>> What I do with the program is work with
the various teams we have across the state

that focus specifically on
children and families.

We look at those children and families
who are having particular challenges

that could not be met in the
traditional crisis counseling program.

So we stepped in with specialized crisis
counseling to help those families be able

to meet their various needs
but on a more long-term basis.

We have what we call teams and those
teams can consist of up to 10 people

and each team will have counselors
and resource linkage coordinators.

The counselors obviously
provide counseling support

and the resource linkage coordinators actually
identify various resources in the community

to help the individual and
families meet their various needs.

The resource linkage coordinators
do not have to be Master's prepared.

They can be a paraprofessional; they can
have a Bachelor's degree in counseling

or psychology, or some other discipline.

The crisis counselor actually provides
that more clinical-intensive support

so obviously you need a well-prepared
person, clinically prepared person

to be able to provide that kind of report.

We typically have at least one licensed
counselor on the teams, and that person kind

of overseas the clinical business if you will

of counseling support that's needed
for our children and families.

The team meets and they discuss specific cases
that are specialized crisis counseling cases;

and the licensed clinical social worker
or the PC kind of oversees the meeting

and they help them attend to
the various clinical issues

that are brought forth during the
presentation of the different cases.

So if there are some very significant intensive
clinical issue that is impacting the well being

of the clients that one of our dyads is serving,

that licensed person will help them
make the decision as to whether

or not this particular client is appropriate
for our services or they require a higher level

of care that we cannot meet their clinical needs

until we start looking for
resources to refer them out.

So that clinically trained person
is there to help us to be able

to make those sorts of determinations.

We don't want to have families in our program
who have needs that exceed our capabilities,

and our clinically-trained person
helps us to make that determination

when they have their supervision meetings.