Tykes & Teens Delivers More than 1,000 Virtual Counseling Sessions To Date

Stuart, Fl- April 7, 2020- Tykes & Teens has successfully transitioned its services to a virtual model, in order to maintain continuity of care for the children and families they serve.  The non-profit mental health organization has also been able to reach new clients in need who may be experiencing increased mental health challenges due to the anxiety and fear around COVID-19.  Program updates and modifications include:

General Mental Health & Psychiatric Services- By March 16th, the agency had successfully trained all therapists and implemented a confidential Telehealth platform to deliver counseling and psychiatric sessions while maintaining the safety of clients and staff. As of today, more than 1,000 virtual Telehealth sessions have been provided.

School Based Services- Telehealth is being utilized successfully to meet the needs of children who were being seen on site at school in Martin, Indian River & Okeechobee Counties. Special attention has been paid to programming for special needs students at Willoughby Learning Center in Stuart, including Psychiatric services, and programming that occurs in specialized classrooms in Indian River County. Staff has been reaching out not only to students and their families individually to offer support, but to teachers, as well.

Community Based Services-Staff has been trained in utilizing Child Parent Psychotherapy via telehealth, so that Infant Mental Health services can be maintained. This department also continues to serve young children involved in the dependency system and their families, even when they are separated due to Department of Children & Families removal. This is vital as substance abuse, domestic violence, neglect, depression, etc. tend to worsen during crisis. When a client’s father died of an overdose recently, the therapist was able to provide guidance and support to the mother and helped the foster mother in informing the child about her father's passing in an age appropriate, trauma-informed way. It was all done successfully via telehealth. The Targeted Case Management and Healthy Families programs also are running successfully using a virtual platform, and these services are even more critical now that families need additional resources and support in response to COVID-19.

Prevention Services-Alcohol Literacy Challenge implementation is continuing in collaboration with the Martin County School District, who is allowing us access to their current virtual teaching platform. Botvin Life Skills programming is set up with google classroom to provide curriculum implementation for 550 students, and Suspension Prevention is also continuing via google classroom.

Prevention staff is also providing weekly high-risk behavior tips and resources for parents via Facebook and our Moms for Mental Health e-newsletter. Alternative to Out of School Suspension (ALTOSS) staff in both Martin & Indian River Counties are contacting students that participated in the program this year and offering supportive check in telehealth consultation sessions and providing psycho- education and resources. ALTOSS staff is also developing free virtual online workshops and interactive webinars for parents and youth. This series will be offered via our YouTube channel and shared via our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/TykesTeens/

Trauma Informed Care training and support to schools and youth serving organizations has also been continuing with modifications. We are still able to provide training online via Zoom, and administrative coaching and organizational assessment via online support, email or phone.

Tykes & Teens is grateful to the funders, partners and community members who have continued to recognize the importance of mental health during these challenging times. For more information about supporting our efforts to provide mental health counseling to all Treasure Coast children in need, or to inquire about services for your child, please call 772-220-3439 or visit tykesandteens.org

Lauren Adrian
Director of Marketing and Communications
Tykes & Teens
(772) 631-7653
TykesAndTeens.org