We provide residents with one-on-one individual counseling services three times per week. One of the goals for individual counseling is to provide residents with a space to deal with the trauma(s) that have led to their homeless status. From the beginning, our counselors encourage residents to think about their exit plan and about reunification with their parents.
When it is beneficial, Casa Youth Shelter also provides former residents with counseling after they have left the shelter.
In addition to individual counseling, we provide residents with group counseling while at the shelter. Group sessions cover a variety of topics relevant to youth and may include:
- Recovery from physical, sexual and/or mental abuse
- Substance abuse
- Teen pregnancy prevention
- STD awareness
- Anger management/assertion training
- Developing communication skills
- Art therapy
- Music therapy
- Remedial reading
- Computer literacy
- Group sessions provide residents with the opportunity to share their experience and to learn from others in similar situations
Casa Youth Shelter offers family counseling in order to bring residents’ families together twice a week during their stay at the shelter. All family members are encouraged to attend these helpful sessions.
Family counseling is critical to successful reunification of a youth with their family. It allows for a dialog to begin between the youth and the parent(s) in a safe environment at the shelter.
Casa Youth Shelter also offers aftercare family counseling after a resident leaves the shelter. Aftercare typically lasts for two to three months.