The Childrens Program addresses the special needs of children whose lives have been affected by substance abusing parents by providing child care while their mothers attend treatment, as well as therapeutic groups and interactive therapy to help both mothers and children.
WRA’s Children’s Services include:
On site child care located within Hillside House is a bright and colorful environment with toys, crayons, paints, small chairs and tables, and pillows. The program provides an opportunity for mothers to attend substance abuse programs and parenting groups while their children receive therapeutic services from child care specialists.
Therapeutic care for children aged 5 to 10 that provides: education on drug/alcohol addiction, feelings exploration, problem solving ,and coping skills.
Mommy & Me
Mothers and their children in the perinatal program are encouraged to interact and explore their relationship and increase bonding and trust. This groups is interactive and activity-based for mothers with their children (infants through age 10).
Individual age-appropriate counseling helps the child to understand addiction as an illness. This can facilitate his or her healthy development and recovery from any secondary effects he/she has experienced as a result of a mother’s substance abuse problem.
Children are assessed and individual therapy is provided if needed. The therapist helps the child identify feelings and, through exploration, art, drama, and play therapy, provides the tools and guidance necessary to lead the child to healthy self-development.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
Intensive individualized treatment intervention that involves training parents in behavioral management techniques within a play-therapy context.