Using Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TFCBT), CCP works with biological and adoptive families to create understanding, compassion and stability so that relationships can heal. The trauma model allows us to take blame out of the conversation and to put the brain and its experiences front and center. When families realize that trauma is largely multigenerational, their reactions to trauma are natural and that they can change their own brains to create wellbeing and happiness, there is often renewed motivation to work together.
A referral for a Psychological Evaluation is typically made by a social worker, parent or therapist looking for diagnostic or clinical direction with a youth. Our licensed Child Clinical Psychologist
who has over 30 years of experience assessing, evaluating and treating traumatized youth provides comprehensive Psychological Evaluations with thoughtful and detailed recommendations to guide the treatment of youth. A strengths-based approach is used when assessing ADHD, attachment, mood disorders, complex trauma and Autism Spectrum Disorders. The psychologist provides a thorough and timely report after clinical interviews and psychological testing with a youth.
Our adolescent substance abuse services are based on trauma informed principles and practices and recognize the strong link between PTSD and addiction. Our therapists are Licensed Clinical Social Workers and are able to effectively treat clients with dual diagnoses. In addition to providing a comprehensive assessment, our evidenced based AODA treatment applies a combination of medical and harm reduction models, and is culturally sensitive and recovery oriented. Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness strategies are also utilized to assist clients in achieving their treatment goals.
In addition to psychological evaluations, our psychologist provides parenting assessments to help counties and judges determine the safety needs of children
and the capacity of their parents. Specializing in evaluating the relationship between teen mothers and their children, she makes recommendations to
counties and courts regarding the teen mother’s ability to provide safe and nurturing care to her children. Our phychologist also helps identify the “benchmarks” and specific
behavioral goals that a teen mom needs to learn and demonstrate prior to independent parenting.
Trauma assessments include the use of a specialized assessment tool the Trauma Assessment Tool (TAT) and a thorough clinical interview that focuses on the
trauma or traumas that might be the driving force of a youth’s emotional and/or behavioral presentation. Master Level or higher clinicians administer the
TAT; a semi-structured interview to assess the presence of traumatic experiences and ongoing symptoms of physiologic and emotional distress from these
experiences. The clinician uses the TAT along with a Clinical Interview to assess the presence and extent of traumatic experiences and provide
recommendations for the most appropriate treatment modality.
Alcohol and Drug Assessments
Our adolescent substance abuse services are based on trauma informed principles and practices and recognize the strong link between PTSD and addiction. Our therapists are Licensed Clinical Social Workers
and are able to effectively treat clients with dual diagnoses. In addition to providing a comprehensive assessment, our evidenced based AODA treatment applies a combination of medical and harm reduction models, and is culturally sensitive and recovery oriented. Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness strategies are also utilized to assist clients in achieving their treatment goals.
Psychological Consultations & Parenting Assessments
Community Care Programs is unique in that we offer on-site services of a licensed Child Clinical Psychologist,
Donna A. Rifken, Ph.D. Our in-house psychologist evaluates traumatized youth and their mental health, including individual emotional and behavioral strengths/needs. In addition, Dr. Rifken offers parenting assessments and mental health related evaluations for parents of youth.
In addition to targeted treatment services, CCP offers Psychosexual Assessments either in conjunction with a STOP referral or on its own. Psychosexual Assessment referrals are accepted for both male and female youth that exhibit problematic sexual behaviors. The Psychosexual Assessment is a trauma informed comprehensive assessment of the youth’s risk for sexual recidivism. The assessment process employs research-based tools such as the J-SOAP-II (Juvenile Sexual Offender Assessment Protocol, Prentky etal, 2000) and the PROFESOR (Protective + Risk Observations For Eliminating Sexual Offense Recidivism (James Worling, PhD; 2017), and tools such as the Abel, Becker & Kaplan Adolescent Cognitions Scale Re-vised (Judith Becker, Ph.D. and Meg Kaplan, Ph.D.) and the sexual arousal graphs (James Worling, Ph.D.). Results from the evidence based tools are combined with the information gleaned from clinical interviews with the youth and his/her parents and information collected from collateral interviews to generate a report that is provided to the referral Social Worker within 2 weeks of the clinical interview.
Issues addressed in the Psychosexual Assessment include but are not limited to the following:
- Psychological functioning (a brief mental health exam and regarding the youth’s mental health history and current mental health functioning)
- Youth’s Trauma History
- Information regarding youth’s sexual development, values, and beliefs
- Developmental history of the youth (strengths and needs)
- Youth’s view of family, school, and environmental circumstances
- Dynamics of the sexual offense
- Risk Factors and Protective Factors
- Recommendations regarding placement (if requested), juvenile sex offender registry, safety and supervision planning, and treatment including recommendations regarding reunification of siblings in situations of interfamilial sexual abuse.