Family Services

Behavioral Health Services in Texas

 
Children who have experienced trauma, rely heavily on survival skills to get their needs met. These survival skills can result in emotional and behavioral outbursts that cause disruptions in their homes.

Our primary objective is to come alongside caregivers and children to help fill their toolbox with new, highly adaptive coping skills. We refer to these as “cognitive” coping skills. Children often behave the way they do because they don’t know how to respond any other way. Our Behavioral Support Specialists’ efforts are to help children both learn and follow new, specific, cognitive steps that allow them to get their needs met without resorting to the use of familiar maladaptive emotionally driven coping skills.

There is no cost to participants or their families as long as they qualify for services under the Texas Medicaid Program with Superior HealthPlan.

Our Training & Resources

We incorporate the following evidence-based methods and materials to educate and train both children and caregivers in the home.

Skill Streaming Aggression Replacement Training

This curriculum for children and adolescents teaches basic skills that every person must master to function successfully in life. These include social skills, relationship skills, school skills, anger control skills, and others. Skills are presented in an age-appropriate format for ages three through eighteen.

Seeking Safety

This training addresses both PTSD and Substance Use simultaneously to help eliminate substance use, reduce PTSD symptoms, and regain safety. This protocol is used in a group setting to facilitate participant interaction.

Preparing Adolescents for Young Adulthood

This series of modules was developed by the Massachusetts Department of Social Work to assist adolescents, who are aging-out of the foster care system, to learn basic life skills that are essential to making it on their own once they turn eighteen.

The Nurturing Parenting Program

This is as much about an “approach” to parenting as it is about skill set. Its core concept is to teach the incorporation of “nurturing” into all aspects of the family’s life.

“Your Defiant Child” & “Your Defiant Teen”

These books were written to assist caregivers in understanding the nature of defiance and to teach appropriate skills to both preserve the parent-child relationship and return order to the home.

Accessing Services

The child or adolescent must be between the ages of 3-18 and be enrolled in the Texas Medicaid Program with Superior HealthPlan. Referrals can be made by:

  • Parents, Caregivers, Legally Authorized Representatives
  • Case Workers, Child Placing Agency Case Managers, DFPS Case Workers, Kinship Workers, Care Coordinators
    Teachers, Counselors
  • Social Workers, Therapists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Pediatricians
  • Anyone working on a child’s behalf such as Attorneys, CASA Volunteers and Judges