Hope Community Services, (HCS) passionately serves the emotional needs of children and families who are at risk due to the impact of abuse, neglect, and trauma. HCS strives to get each child back on a normal developmental path and to prevent them from developing any long-term trauma-related mental or behavioral health problems. HCS provides the healing and support needed for a bright and healthy future for the children and families we serve through our Outpatient Behavioral Health Services Department.
HCS’s Outpatient Behavioral Health Services Department encompasses individualized services to meet children and family’s needs through a variety of services. Services are culturally competent and linguistically appropriate, strength-based and incorporate community supports to maximize resiliency and minimize the recurrence of symptoms. Treatment frequency, modality and duration vary based upon individual client needs and preferences. Services can be provided in an office setting, community, and home and may address trauma, family functioning, substance use/abuse and skills development.
Trauma-Focused CBT: HCS’s evidenced-based therapies include Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT). TF-CBT integrates several established treatment approaches in the delivery of services: cognitive therapy, behavioral therapy and family therapy. The goal of TF-CBT is to help address the needs of children, their parents, or other care givers with the symptoms and behaviors related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other problems related to traumatic life experiences. Children and their parents and/or care givers are taught the skills and knowledge needed to process the trauma, manage distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and how to enhance safety, parenting skills as well as family communication.
The frequency of individual counseling sessions is determined in collaboration with the client and external team as appropriate, however, over 80% of traumatized children will show significant improvement with twelve to sixteen weeks of treatment (once a week, 60 to 90 minute sessions).
Birth and Beyond: Triple P: HCS offers Triple P Parenting under our Birth and Beyond Program. HCS staff are certified to deliver the evidence-based curriculum. The Triple P program aims to enhance the knowledge, skills, confidence, self-sufficiency, and resourcefulness of parents. The program promotes a nurturing, safe, engaging, non-violent, low conflict environment for children. Through positive parenting practices, the Triple P program also encourages children’s social, emotional, language, intellectual, and behavioral competencies. The Triple P curriculum is based on the following five principles: creating a safe, engaging environment; creating a positive learning environment; using assertive discipline; having realistic expectations; and taking care of yourself as a parent. This program can be delivered in both the office and home settings and can work in conjunction with Trauma-CBT.
Equine Assisted Therapy: HCS offers an equine assisted treatment modality which is an experiential form of psychotherapy where horses are involved in the sessions. HCS follows the EAGALA Model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. This means: 1. Sessions are conducted by a treatment team of a Licensed Therapist and a qualified Equine Specialist in all your sessions. While both members of the team are involved in your therapy process, the role of the Equine Specialist is to oversee physical safety needs and provide observations on the behaviors of the horses. The therapist is there to oversee the psychotherapy process and help you make the parallels of the horse observations to your therapy goals and life. 2. All sessions are on the ground – there is no riding of horses involved in the treatment process. 3. The process is solution-oriented –meaning we believe you have the best solutions for yourself when provided the opportunity to discover them. We are here to provide the space and guidance through exploring what is happening in the process. 4. This process also incorporates “Best Practice” and “Evidence Based” interventions as determined by the therapist.
Equine Assisted Therapy is a short treatment model (typically 8-12 weeks). The sessions are held outdoors, at a local farm. Clients are expected to dress appropriately and be prepared for varying weather conditions. Services will be ended immediately for clients who act maliciously towards the horses.
Questions or client referrals for our behavioral health services can be sent to BHReferral@hcs-az.org.