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Counseling Services

The Counseling Services Program provides specialized programs with therapeutic and educational interventions for individuals, couples and families who are experiencing problems related to mental health needs, personal situations, parenting challenges, substance and/or family violence.

Outpatient Counseling

Family Services of Greater Waterbury is licensed by the Department of Public Health and the Department of Children and Families to provide psychiatric outpatient counseling to children, adolescents and adults. The Counseling Services Program provides individual, family, couples, and group counseling addressing a variety of behavioral health issues, including depression, anxiety, marital discord, family problems, school performance, trauma, grief/bereavement, and crisis intervention. Psychiatric evaluation and medication management are available to both children and adults. Counseling Services are offered at the Agency's offices in Waterbury and Naugatuck. New specialized services in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) are now available for children and their families. Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a therapeutic intervention designed to help children and adolescents and their parents overcome the impact of traumatic events. It is specifically designed to help with traumas related to sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence and bereavement issues. This therapy is provided to children aged 7 to 18 years of age by a professional who has received specific training in this model.

For more information or to make an appointment, call the intake coordinator, Crystal Vicenzi at 203-756-8317, ext. 3039.  If you child meets the criteria, you will be matched with a trained clinician and the healing process will begin.

Military Support Program

Family Services of Greater Waterbury is authorized to participate in the Military Support Program for service members and their families by providing free and confidential counseling. Click here for more information.

Parenting Education Program

Required by the State of Connecticut since 1994, the Parenting Education Program (PEP), is a six-hour course for parents who are in court over divorce, child support, custody or other family matters that involve children under eighteen years of age. This course teaches parents how to help their children during these difficult and stressful times. For information and registration contact John Delizio, LCSW PhD at 203-756-8317. A Parenting Education Class is open to any and all parents who are interested in learning new tools for effective parenting. This is an eight week curriculum designed to teach five basic parenting skills that are useful up to the teenage years. The classes are held three times a year on Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 5:00pm at our Waterbury location. A certificate is awarded for successful completion of the class. Classes are free of charge and childcare may be available. For more information or to register contact Mary Jeanne Lofquist, MSW at 203-756-8317, ext. 3027.

Focus on K.I.D.S Program

A program specially designed for parents in high-conflict separations and divorces. K.I.D.S stands for the knowledge and insight parents gain that allows them to make good decisions that lead to real solutions that will be in the best interest of their child. KIDS CLUB is an eight week therapeutic group for children ages 7-11 which uses fun projects and games to reinforce weekly topics including expressing feelings, self esteem, self control, problem solving and practicing social skills. Most insurances are accepted. Groups are held at the Waterbury location.  For more information or to register contact Erica Moses, MSW at 203-756-8317.

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program provides employers with a variety of contractual services that may be made available to employees and their families for mental health and other support services. Click here for more information.

Student Assistance Program

The Student Assistance Program is designed for students at the University of Connecticut, (UCONN) Waterbury campus providing a variety of options, including short-term counseling, education awareness programs, trainings and referral services. Click here for more information.

Visiting Nurses Association

Family Services of Greater Waterbury clinicians provide home based medical social work in partnership with the Visiting Nurses Association of Naugatuck . Professional teams meet the needs of medically fragile and older adults in their homes and communities.

Anger Management Program

The Anger Management Program is designed to help clients stabilize their emotional control and improve interpersonal skills. This program meets court order and other mandates.

For more information about any of Family Services of Greater Waterbury's Counseling Services,
call 203-756-8317.

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Employment-Support Services

Obtaining and maintaining employment is a key step toward becoming self-sufficient. Family Services of Greater Waterbury provides a variety of services assisting people with overcoming the barriers and other challenges related to securing meaningful employment.

Employment-support services and programs include the following:

Empowering People for Success

This program concentrates on job retention for high-risk families who are transitioning from welfare-to-work. It is designed to assist recipients of Temporary Family Assistance achieve self reliance and independence through intensive solution focused home based case management and care coordination identifying and reducing the effects of barriers to sustain employment. Services include outreach, education, and intensive case management services involving non-traditional appointment times and other innovative outreach techniques.

For more information about any of Family Services of Greater Waterbury's Employment-Support Services,
call 203-756-8317.

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Children's Programs

Family Services of Greater Waterbury is committed to providing safe, professional, caring and effective services addressing the many needs of abused and neglected children, their biological parents, and their foster and adoptive parents.

Programs and services for children and their families include the following:

Therapeutic Child Center

The Therapeutic Child Center (TCC) is licensed by the Department of Public Health for 30 children daily. This program is a specialized, day-treatment program serving abused and/or neglected children between the ages of six weeks to four years old who have been referred to the program by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF). Structured activities, such as art projects and storytelling, are designed to address delayed developmental proficiencies as well as encourage age-appropriate daily living skills. The program also provides monitoring and support services for the children's biological and foster families. Each family follows individual treatment plans which may include psychiatric outpatient counseling, parent education programs, family violence prevention and substance abuse services.

Integrated Family Violence Program

The Integrated Family Violence Program is primarily an in-home service for families where domestic violence has been identified. It focuses on all family members including the child, the parent who is the survivor of domestic violence and the batterer. All referrals are made by the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Click here for more information.

Sprague Unity Network (SUN Program)

Sprague Unity Network (SUN Program) is a school based early intervention and prevention program designed to enhance second and third grader's academic and social skills. This program takes place at Sprague School in Waterbury, CT. This program helps children reduce social, emotional and other school related difficulties. Each child is provided one to one sessions with a SUN specialist on a weekly basis for 10 weeks. For more information, contact Yoellie Iglesias at 203-574-8189 or 203-574-8352.

Parents of Preschoolers

The Parents of Preschoolers (POP) program addresses one of the toughest jobs in the world - being a parent of a preschooler. POP is open to all Naugatuck residents who are raising a preschool aged child. The program provides parents with valuable, pragmatic education, training, support and referrals related to raising a healthy, preschool child. Several activities are also offered throughout this 2 year program providing a stress-free environment where parents and children may enjoy time together and build stronger parent-child relationships.

For more information about any of Family Services of Greater Waterbury's Children's Programs, call 203-756-8317.

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