Youth that are living in the community and are involved with the Dallas County Juvenile Department can receive several types of counseling from Masters or Doctoral level clinicians. This includes:
Youth attend therapy with a counselor to discuss a variety of concerns including: decision-making, setting boundaries, gang involvement, drug use, family relationships, self-esteem, grief, suicidology, relationships with peers, trauma, and depression.
Youth and their families attend approximately 6-8 sessions with a counselor to discuss a variety of concerns including: improving family communication, developing boundaries, and developing appropriate privileges and consequences.
English/Spanish Multi-Family Anger Management Program Group
The groups consist of 5 weeks of weekly 1.5 hour sessions. Youth and their parents learn triggers and coping skills for anger and discuss how anger affects the parent-youth relationship. Youth and their parents are taught and encouraged to practice appropriate communication skills and emotion regulation.
English/Spanish Family Training Program Group
The groups consist of 5 weeks of weekly 1.5 hour sessions. Youth and their parents discuss rules, boundaries, and appropriate discipline techniques for parents. Families are encouraged to improve communication skills between youth and parents. Families are taught how to establish behavioral contracts and to agree on age appropriate privileges and consequences with regard to rule adherence.
Participating families attend 5 weeks of weekly 1.5 hour sessions. Youth that are transitioning from an out-of-home placement attend this group for five weeks. Youth develop relapse prevention tools and parents learn to identify warning signs.
Hoping to Overcome and Prevent Exploitation (HOPE)
This group is for youth who are at-risk for or have been involved in exploitation and/or human trafficking. HOPE aims to serve as a tool to decrease the risk that a youth will begin or continue to be exploited. This is accomplished by identifying these youth and providing them and their families with interventions targeting their specific treatment needs.
Positive Development Group
The group consists of 5 weeks of weekly 1.5 hour sessions. Parents attend the first and last session. The group focuses on improving decision-making and developing empathy, learning how thinking errors contribute to poor decision making and learning how to take responsibility.