Family Based Services:

Life Management Skills and Counseling

What are family-based counseling services?

Family-based counseling services include the counselor working together with the involved social worker/child-service system of care and family.  Family-based counseling services assist family members with identifying issues and then developing treatment plan/goals to address those issues.  Examples may include enhancing positive communication, ways to strengthen family relationships, addressing mental health needs, safety planning and crisis intervention.

What are family-based life management skills services?

Family-based life management skills services include working together with the involved social worker/child-service system of care and family.  Family-based life management services assist family members with identifying issues and then developing skill building plan/goals to address those issues.  Examples may include assisting family members with daily living goals such as organizing, budgeting, parenting education, appropriate consequences and reward systems, bedtime routines, and/or other life management skills identified/needed.

How are family based services organized?

Family-based counseling and life management skills services are usually referred through the involved social worker-family/child-service system to the agency.  The family is then contacted to find the best date(s) and time to begin family based services.

What are some possible common areas usually identified in family-based counseling or life management skills services?

  1. Understanding and Managing Mental Health Needs

  2. Family of Origin/Family Relationships  

  3. Enhancing Positive Communication

  4. Parent/Child(ren) Roles/ Healthy and Appropriate Boundaries

  5. Developing Community/Family Support Networks 

  6. Encouraging regular school attendance/extra curricular activities/educational needs

  7. Organizing/Cleanliness of Home/Daily Planning/Budgeting

  8. Parenting Education/Skills

  9. Self Understanding/Self Esteem Building

  10. Safety Planning/Crisis Intervention

Keeping families together: What if child(ren) are at risk of being removed from the home or placed with relatives or in foster care?

Family based services may also include helping families with family preservation, reunification, and transitions.

The main focus is keeping children within their family/families. Family based services mainly include assisting families so the children will remain in the home; however, if they have been removed from the home, goals would include what changes need to occur for the child(ren) to return and reintegrate into the home. These goals may include helping parent(s) with appropriate communication, boundaries, and parent(s)-child(ren) roles, identifying and utilizing their support network and developing safety plans to assist with a successful transition.

We are dedicated to providing family-based services to support and empower families, maintain children in their home and community. Most importantly we work together as a team to develop short and long term goals to strengthen families by helping them make positive life choices.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who provides family based services?

Family based service providers are highly trained and experienced staff who are dedicated to providing responsive, culturally competent services in the most natural, least restrictive setting possible. Our staff respects the integrity of each family, by helping them work from their strengths and identifying their needs. We encourage full participation of family members and their support network to coordinate with the entire family/child-service system of care.

Where are the family sessions held?

Family based services are typically held in the family’s home. Family based services can also be held in the community when it relates to the family needs (i.e. by assisting the family with learning bus routes, attending a support meeting for the first time, attending a community activity). A main focus is assisting with broadening their community support network.

How long do meetings last?

Family sessions are flexible based on the family needs; however, sessions usually last about 1-2 hours.