When we talk about “behavioral health,” we are talking about behaviors that can be addressed through counseling. It’s a process that allows us to look at the individual and their circumstances to see how therapy can intervene to help improve a person’s well-being.
If you just read that and are thinking, “What does that really mean?” Here’s what it means in a nutshell:
Sometimes our circumstances and emotions can become so overwhelming that it’s hard to see a way back to healthy and safe behaviors and environments. When this happens, illnesses such as depression and anxiety can occur — or risky behaviors like substance abuse, self-harm and physical violence can find their way into our daily lives and become the norm.
We want you to know that you are too valuable to not seek help. You have a purpose in this world. And we have some resources that can help you find your way.
- Substance abuse / substance use disorder
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Parent child interactive therapy (PCIT)
Substance Use Disorder Family Support Program (SUDFSP)
Substance Use Disorder Family Support Program (SUDFSP) is an in-home program of the State of Michigan and administered through Wellspring Lutheran Services. The program works with families who are experiencing issues related to a parent who is alcohol- or drug-affected, or has been found to have a co-occurring disorder.
Families will receive a skill-based intervention designed to build on the strengths of the family members to bring recovery and stability to the family home. The Wellspring family support specialists work collaboratively with the family to achieve specific goals and promote ongoing recovery support.
The Substance Use Disorder Family Support Program is available to parents and/or primary caregivers who are responsible for the care and supervision of minor children and meet one of these qualifications:
- An open MDHHS case
(Category I, II, III or IV)
- Families with a closed CPS case or investigation within the last 18 months
- Three or more rejected CPS complaints
The program is also available for families who will have their children returning home from foster care. A copy of the court order must be provided at time of referral.
SERVICES AVAILABLE: Antrim, Benzie, Clare, Gladwin, Grand Traverse, Isabella, Kalkaska, Midland, Missaukee & Wexford Counties
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. The treatment uses eye movements, similar to what occurs naturally when a person dreams and experiences REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, to help the brain break down traumatic memories and allow them to be stored in a calmed form, properly relegated to the past. It’s like a reorganized library of memories within your brain — a story that has been rewritten to include positive feelings and a stronger sense of self-esteem.
EMDR is safe for and effective for children, teenagers and adults, and has been shown to effectively treat:
- Stress Reduction
- Panic Attacks
- Performance Anxiety
- Complicated Grief
- Dissociative Disorders
- Disturbing Memories
- Pain Disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress
- Sexual and/or Physical Abuse
- Body Dysmorphic Disorders
- Personality Disorders
SERVICES AVAILABLE: Otsego County
Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidenced-based, short-term parent coaching program designed to increase positive parent-child interactions for families with young children.
With PCIT, a therapist works with both the parents and the child to help manage a child’s behavior during a therapy session. Through the help of the therapist, specific parenting techniques are practiced and modeled, which helps parents gain the confidence to address the child’s behaviors independently outside of therapy.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that doctors prescribe behavioral interventions (parent training) as a first line of treatment for children under age 6 with ADHD. PCIT was found to be one of the top parent training programs available to help reduce the symptoms and problem behaviors associated with ADHD.
PCIT is designed for children who exhibit these behavioral challenges:
- Parent-child relational problems
- Refusal and defiance of adult requests
- Easy loss of temper
- Purposeful annoyance of others
- Destruction of property
- Difficulty staying seated
- Difficulty playing quietly
- Difficulty taking turns
SERVICES AVAILABLE: Kentwood & Otsego Counties
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