Play Therapy is a form of counseling or psychotherapy that uses play to communicate with and help people, especially children, to prevent or resolve psychosocial challenges. Play Therapy provides a way for them to express their experiences and feelings through a natural, self-guided, self-healing process. As children's experiences and knowledge are often communicated through play, it becomes am important vehicle for them to know and accept themselves and others. Play Therapy can also be used as a tool of diagnosis. A play therapist observes a client playing with toys (play-houses, pets, dolls, etc.) to determine the cause of the disturbed behavior. The objects and patterns of play, as well as the willingness to interact
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Behavior Supports and Psychological Services are individually designed programs aimed at assisting individuals who display a behavior or a pattern of behaviors that interfere with their abilities to function in their home, school, or community. Our staff are all Licensed Mental Health Professionals. This allows individuals to receive top quality services from professionals trained not only in the latest ABA principles, but also trained to recognize, diagnose, and treat mental health issues that often complicate efforts toward behavior change. Staff begin by completing a functional behavioral assessment to assist in identifying motivating factors and potential reinforcers for current behaviors. A behavior support plan is then developed to guide the individual and their team as they work to impact change.
with the therapist, can be used to understand the underlying rationale for behavior both inside and outside the session. According to the psychodynamic view, people (especially children) will engage in play behavior in order to work through their internal problems. In this way, Play Therapy can be used as a self-help mechanism, as long as children are allowed time for "free play" or "uninstructed play". Normal play is an essential component of healthy child development. Susan Campbell Turner is a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor and most staff have received training in this discipline.
AutPlay Therapy Is designed specifically to assist children with developmental disorders and autism and incorporates several approaches identified as evidence based practices for treating children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Practices incorporated into AutPlay Therapy procedures include: Cognitive Behavioral Intervention, Modeling, Naturalistic Intervention, Parent-Implemented Intervention, Reinforcement, Scripting, Self Management, Social Narratives, Social Skills Training, and Visual Supports.
Children and Family Counseling Associates provides individual and family therapy services to Medicaid eligible children and adults diagnosed with mental health issues. We can provide standard, in-office counseling or we can provide a comprehensive approach to therapy that assists the patient in remaining in the least restrictive environment for their needs by utilizing community resources and the wrap-around process. Patients are often assigned a Case Manager who facilitates meetings with all professionals involved and the family members to create a comprehensive service plan every 60 days. Services are provided in the home, school and community settings. If you would like to make a referral for services, please call the main office at 859-733-9241. We will need basic information such as DOB, Medicaid information, current diagnosis, address, and phone information. You can also click the purple button on our home page to complete the referral on-line.
Psychological testing — also called psychological assessment — is the foundation of how therapists better understand a person and their behavior. It is a process of problem solving for many professionals — to try and determine the core components of a person’s psychological or mental health problems, personality, IQ, or some other component. It is also a process that helps identifies not just weaknesses of a person, but also their strengths.
Community Living Supports (CLS) serve the purpose of providing one on one assistance to individuals as they work toward their individualized treatment goals. A number of activities can be utilized as a means of meeting these goals; such as shopping, household maintenance, self-care routines, and participation in community events. Wellness and exercise programs are encouraged, as are exploring individual talents such as art, music, theater, and dance.
Many of our CLS staff possess a bachelor's degree in a human services field and are currently working toward completing their master's degree.
We accept most private insurances for individual, family or couples therapy and psychological assessment in an outpatient setting. Our outpatient offices are located in Harrodsburg.