THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE OT-FA
• Individualized planning with the youth to prepare for family reunification or independent living. • Emphasis is placed on the teaching of social, family living, academic, and independent living skills. • Systematic monitoring, feedback and motivation are applied to remedy problems. • A youth self-government system is taught and carefully monitored by the staff.• Pre-vocational and vocational skills are taught on the basis of individual interests. • Referral to community medical, educational and vocational resources is made as indicated to prepare youths for independent living.
Services are provided to select candidates in Teaching-Family homes as independent living programming. Teaching-Parents, who are willing to provide this type of programming, do so as an adjunct service to their clients. Independent living training facilities are separate from the foster/group home, allowing for trained independence with supervision.
Among the services available in Independent Living Programming are: 1) Money and money management 2) Maintaining a home 3) Employment 4) Transportation Strategies 5) Nutrition 6) Defining Personal Needs
Individual Counseling is provided by a Licensed Social Worker and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor on an individual basis as needed, but at least a half hour per week, to discuss interpersonal, educational, or adjustment problems that each youth have. OTFA also offers psychiatric care (medication assessment and monitoring) to each youth. Family counseling and parent training is offered prior to visits, following visits and as needed to address problems between the parents and their youth. This is especially provided if the final goal of a youth’s placement is reunification with their family The individual and family counseling programs are designed to complement in-house services and foster program continuity. They are also designed to deal with unique facets of each youth’s Service Plan.
The populations served are both male and female, adolescents and children, adjudicated and non-adjudicated offenders (including habitual sex offenders). Weekly group counseling sessions are in closed format, 25-30 weeks, and a male/female co-facilitator team lead the discussions. Sex offender specific assessment and progress are written and reported. Individual counseling to address sexual issues occurs weekly throughout the group process. Relapse prevention plan development and monitoring is done to alleviate each youth’s problems and lessens the risk of offending again.
In-home services complemented by Group therapy sessions utilizing a curriculum designed to address cognitive restructuring, effective problem solving and self-control; as well as de-escalation techniques, ethics and morals, teaching basic social skills, and showing empathy. As youth have become more progressively aggressive and violent, anger management therapy has played a vital role in the treatment of OT-FA’s current client population