Child and Adolescent Services

Ashley L. Karel, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner- 
 Board Certified.

Childhood is a time for growing, learning, and 

forming the values we carry through life. 

But for some, childhood can be an uncertain and even frightening time. Without intervention, troubled children often become troubled adults. Warren Yazoo Behavioral Health emphasizes child/parent guidance and support for at-risk children and adolescents through several youth service programs.

Specialized care for abused and neglected kids For many years Warren Yazoo Behavioral Health has served the community in child abuse intervention. Child Abuse Therapists help children learn to discuss and understand their feelings and to deal with past events. Individual, group, and family therapy sessions address problems in parent/child relationships, sibling and peer relationships, and problems with communication and coping.

Psychological testing For children and adolescents who exhibit behavior problems, trouble in learning, or inappropriate response to normal situations and stresses, testing can help pinpoint individual needs. A staff psychologist administers tests, interprets results, and offers recommendations for guidance in areas of concern

Educational programs For teachers, principals, clergy, church staff and other professionals dealing with children and adolescents, our educational programs offer help in developing programs for building self-esteem and for children with special needs, we also offer behavior management workshops.

Community Support Services for students is an essential communication link between school and home, this service assures continuing care for children at risk. The Community Support Specialist also assists schools, parents and families in fully understanding the special problems and needs of children.

Individual/Family Therapy provides face-to-face contact with a Master's Level Therapist and the child, his/her family, and/or significant others during which time relative issues are addressed. These issues include but are not limited to the following: assessment, evaluation, multi-treatment planning, family background, educational/vocational achievements, presenting problems, and medical history. The goal of this service is to improve the child/youth's overall level of adaptive functioning within the family and in society.

Group Therapy  A Master's level therapist provides face-to-face therapy to at least four or more clients (as prescribed in the individualized treatment plan) at a time.