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Somerset Mental Health

 

Child Adolecent  and Adult Counseling

The National Institute for Mental Health reports that one in five children and adolescents have a mental disorder. Many of these mental health problems interfere with the lives of the individuals they effect as well as the individual's daily living and normal development. Mental disorders do not only effect the individual but also the family and friends of the individual. Some mental health problems are severe and may effect the individual for a lifetime while other mental health problems are more mild and may only effect them for a short period of time. SMH, PSC offers counseling for all childhood, adolescent, and adult mental health disorders. We have trained preofessionals who are Behavior Specialists with multiple years of providing functional analyses, behavior plan development, implementation, and monitoring. Individual counseling, family and collateral therapy are offered to address Attention Deficit Disorder, Oppositional Defiance, Depressive Disorders, and other behavior problems. Many staff have extensive training to provide individual and group services for trauma related mental health issues.

Service Coordination Services are offered through Somerset Mental Health as a part of the Medicaid Program. This program helps to assist children in gaining needed medical, educational, and other community supportive services. Medicaid Program is a service that allows private practioners to accept Medical Card payment for those children, adolescents, and families.


Group Counseling - SOTP

SMH, PSC provides a broad variety of strategies to promote and improve emotion regulation, problem solving, communication, and interpersonal behaviors. These interventions are implemented in individual and group counseling. Groups offered at Somerset Mental Health

Sexual Offender Treatment Program is used in the treatment of adolescent sexual offenders. Typical issues addressed are: sex offender relapse prevention; victim impact awareness and empathy development; responsibility for one's own actions; dealing with different emotions such as anger, depression, arousal management, and urge control; substance abuse; own victim issues; conflict with authority figures; social and relationship skills; sexuality, both normal and abnormal; sexual conflict; full disclosure of sexual offenses; identifying distorted thinking; medical evaluation relevant to conditions effecting treatment compliance and arousal control. This group is held at our Pulaski office on the first and third Tuesday of each month.

Bullying Groups discuss a value system based on caring, respect, and personal responses to positive discipline and supports; clear behavioral expectations and consequences; and increased adult supervision and parental involvement. Early interactions that target specific risk factors, teach positive behavior and critical thinking skills at the classroom level, including lessonsdiscussion, and parent meetings. Intensive individual interventions that provide bullies and victims with individual support through meetings with students and parents, counseling, and sustained child and family supports.

Social Skills is a group setting where children or adolescents use fun excercises and role playing to increase their ability to negotiate their environment, make friends that are positive in the environment and use the techniques in all areas of their lives.

Anger Management is a setting where children or adolescents are engaged in identifying events and triggers within their environment along with the irrational thoughts that lead to outbursts. With the use of peer input and adult supervision, new ways of thinking are identified.

Somerset Mental Health, PSC provides these groups as well as self-esteem, positive interventions for self-harm adolescents, bullying prevention, life skills for positive decision making, and overcoming trauma. These groups are provided within the school setting and in-house.

SMH has provided In-Services to the community and work-force such as sexual harassment, stress management 101, positive mental health, and multiple other mental health related topics.


Parenting Classes

Parenting children in today's world can be a trying and frustrating time. Parents will find support and practical guidelines for helping their children become regulators of their own behavior and emotion.

Common Sense Parenting for Adolescents / Common Sense Parenting of Toddlers and Preschoolers

Classes provide parents with a menu of proven techniques that will aide the family in building good family relationships, preventing and correcting misbehavior, using consequences to improve behavior, teaching self-control, and staying calm as a parent faced with a difficult situation concerning your children. Parents are shown how to approach discipline as positive teaching rather than punishment of children. The main focus is on setting reasonable expectations based on a child's age, development, and abilities along with positive praise and nuturing love. These are needed for all children to thrive. Somerset Mental Health offers parenting classes to individuals who seek a better understanding of their child/adolescent's development. Local courts recognize the need for parents to attend a parenting class and accept acknowledgement that parents have attended. Parenting classes are offered at our Adair County, Wayne County, and Pulaski County offices. Classes are generally scheduled to start every eight weeks. A minimal cost of $25.00 is required to cover the cost of the book. Please call the Pulaski County office if you are interested or would like to make a referral for our parenting classes.


Trauma Assessments

An assessment that provides recommendations for treatment providers, social workers, or court systems who work with children who have suffered trauma.

Juvenile Psycho-sexual Assessments

An assessment that provides the court system or Juvenile Justice with recommendations and the risk level of adolescents.

Sexually Reactive Assessments

An assessment of children under 12 years of age who have been abused and engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior or have difficulties with boundaries.


Psycological and Educational Testing

Psychological Assessment Services are offered to help analyze difficulties, diagnose disorders, and recommend intervention strategies for solving issues affecting children, adolescents, and adults. A complete package of Psychological testing is available with an average 3-week delivery of written reports. An extensive clinical interview with psychological and medical history is included. This package may include but is not limited to:

  • Intelligence Testing with instruments such as the WAIS-III, WISC IV, and WASI

  • Personality Testing which includes the MMPI-II (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-Adolescent), PAI (Personality Assessment Inventory)

  • Behavioral Measurements which may include Behavioral Assessment System for Children (BASC-2), Conner's Rating Scales, or Beck Youth Inventories-Second Edition (BYI-II)

  • Projective Testing which involves the Goodenenough-Harris Draw-A-Person Test

  • Visual Motor Testing which includes the Bender Gestalt Visual-Motor Test

  • Academic Testing which includes Wide Range Achievement Test-Revision 4 (WRAT4), Woodcock Johnson III Test of Achievement (WJ-III)

  • Testing for Learning Disabilities

  • Education and Community Agency Consultations