The Den provides support for students struggling with behavioral issues
by Whitney Weaver
Lawson Support Services welcomed children and families to an open house introducing their new day treatment facility for children and teens, the Den, on Thursday, Nov. 8.
Since its small beginnings in 2001, Lawson Support Services has become a comprehensive provider offing a range of programs to clients of all ages including intensive in-home treatment, day treatment, clinical assessments, individual outpatient therapy, medication management and other psychiatric services.
Clinical director Carol Pulley said, “We have been expanding over the years, and from what I have heard from the schools and the community, there is a definite need for this service in Ashe County.”
The Den, located at Family Central behind the WCC School of Cosmetic Arts, is a day treatment center for children aged 5-17 years who are eligible for Medicaid. The center is a child certified Critical Access Behavioral Health Agency that opened mid-Oct. and is accepting clients.
Day treatment is a structure based facility that works with local schools and agencies to provide services and support to children and teens with issues including, anger, disruptive behavior, bullying, lack of friendships, depression, anxiety, hyperactivity and school difficulties.
As part of the day treatment program, the Lawson Support Services staff utilizes many strategies to help clients such as parenting classes, consultation with school staff, skill development, hands-on adventure activities, coping and anger management, conflict resolution skills and leadership building skills along with individual, family and small group counseling.
According to Pulley, children who participate in day treatment receive therapeutic skill-building interventions.
“The Day Treatment Program focuses on social skills and the behavioral component to enable children to function in school. We work very closely with schools, and have monthly child and family team meetings in the school with principals, teachers-as many people as possible who will be supporting the child,” said Pulley.
“Most children, based on their needs, would come every day and step down as they improve. It all depends on the individual child,” Pulley said.
Eligibility for day treatment is dependent on a clinical assessment performed by one of the facility’s licensed therapists. For more information or to schedule an assessment, call 1-877-550-2911.
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