This year, FSGNO launched its community-based counseling initiative to meet children in crisis where they are, where they are most comfortable and while collaborating with the people in their world.
FSGNO is investing in nearly 17,000 clinical hours annually to help transform these children’s environment into a safe, caring and supportive world in which they are equipped with success skills to become crisis-free. FSGNO counselors gather in groups with parents, teachers, siblings and other important partners to create a sustainable environment for optimum growth, coping and self-efficacy.
What’s it like to move from the therapy room to the home and the child’s real world experiences? One counselor describes it this way...
“When I first met Thomas and his mother in their home, Thomas was worried about making new friends and being more independent. He expressed an interest in getting out of the house and maybe working part-time. His mom wanted him to spend time with positively motivated peers and to stay out of trouble after school, especially on nights she worked late.”
“So, Thomas and I charted the bus route, Thomas and I met at the mall. We went store to store getting applications, and, in between, we discussed interview skills. While Thomas explored opportunities available to him, he learned and applied the skills necessary to meet his goals. Thomas is more confident and is scheduled for two interviews,” explained his counselor.
To learn more about how you can help fund this and other FSGNO programs and outreach, contact Juli Pattison at (504) 827-4002 or Donate Now to make an online contribution.
Investing in the health and well-being of our children
is investing in our future.