CENTER FOR CHILD COUNSELING INC

Playful, Healthful, Hopeful.

Palm Beach Gardens, FL   |  www.centerforchildcounseling.org

Mission

Center for Child Counseling is building the foundation for playful, healthful, and hopeful living for children, families, and communities. Our vision is ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) aware and trauma-informed communities. Our programs and expertise are grounded in research re early brain development’ Violence, abuse, and neglect in the earliest years (toxic stress) can fundamentally change the developing brain. Secure, stable, supportive relationships between children and adults in the family and community contribute significantly to children's healthy brain development by buffering the brain from the damage due to high stress while simultaneously promoting healthy social-emotional, cognitive, and health outcomes.

Ruling year info

1999

President and Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Renée Layman

Main address

8895 N. MIlitary Trail, Suite 300C

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 USA

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Formerly known as

All Bout Children

EIN

65-0932032

NTEE code info

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

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What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Since 1999, our mission has been to promote childhood mental health and meet the social-emotional needs of children impacted by adversity, violence, and trauma. We provide an array of prevention, early intervention, and mental health services for children living in high-risk neighborhoods, tackling issues related to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) complicated by Adverse Community Environments. This critical work includes building caregiver and community capacity to promote healthy outcomes for children with the goal of stopping the intergenerational cycle of abuse and violence. In light of the pandemic, this need is more urgent. Over the past 22 years, our programs have been recognized for excellence, winning the National Easter Seals Award of Excellence, Blue Foundation Sapphire, and 2018 Hats Off Nonprofit of the Year. In 2020, we served 5,400 children through six programs. Our Institute for Clinical Training provided training for 4,000 professionals across South Florida.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Childcare and Community Social-Emotional Wellness (CCSEW) Program

Developed in 2004, the Childcare and Community Social-Emotional Wellness (CCSEW) Program provides multilayered prevention, early intervention, and targeted treatment (including classroom observation, onsite mental health consultation and workshops, Individual and Group Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, and parenting groups) for children and caregivers in schools, the community, and childcare centers in underserved communities in Palm Beach County.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

"Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are the single greatest unaddressed public health threat facing our nation today." Dr. Robert Block, former President, American Academy of Pediatrics.

Mental, emotional, social, and physical well-being are directly linked to what happens in early childhood, with studies confirming that some of the worst health and social problems throughout the lifespan arise as a consequence of early abuse, neglect, and exposure to traumatic stressors.
Fighting ACEs, our approach that targets young children living in high-risk communities, provides multilayered interventions and support for families and caregivers. The model includes building the capacity of adult caregivers and professionals to effectively buffer the effects of toxic stress in young children, healing the intergenerational cycle of abuse and trauma, and building healthy parent-child relationships through an array of prevention and early intervention services.

In conjunction with our Childcare and Community Social-Emotional Wellness (CCSEW) Program, we are working on building the capacity of caregivers and our community to address the impact of early adversity and trauma.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Parents

Recognizing a critical need for training of mental health professionals working with young children, the Play Therapy Academy was developed in 2006 to provide training in early childhood therapy, trauma, and other topics related to early childhood mental health. The Academy was expanded in 2012, through a grant from the Quantum Foundation, to provide a 78-hour Comprehensive training (including didactic and experiential opportunities) in Play Therapy for professionals.

Now known as the Institute for Clinical Training, the Institute offers extensive training on Social-Emotional Wellness for Young Children, Infant Mental Health, Play Therapy, Impact of Trauma on Brain Development, Trauma-Informed Care, and a variety of workshops for at-risk populations and other related topics for mental health, early childhood, school, legal, and pediatric professionals.

In 2015, weLEARNplay launched, creating an online learning experience for busy professionals interested in expanding their knowledge in the area of Play Therapy and Early Childhood Mental Health.

Through the Institute for Clinical Training, the Center for Child Counseling is a practicum provider for 20 Master's level interns each year. Professionals and  interns receive both didactic and hands-on training of skills creating a cadre of professionals able to effectively provide assessments and interventions for very young at-risk children. They work with skilled therapists in shelters and childcare centers treating at-risk children thus providing critical services while educating the professionals.  Pre and post measures at workshops, supervisor evaluation and self evaluation using videotaped therapy sessions track progress. 

The Center for Child Counseling provides Play Therapy and State of Florida continuing education credits.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Parents

The Child and Family Center provides prevention, early intervention, and mental health counseling in a warm and supportive environment, helping young children and their caregivers develop resilience, positive relationships, and work through issues related to physical and sexual abuse, violence, grief, and traumatic experiences that impact mental health.

Our senior therapists are all licensed professionals who are Registered Play Therapists, Infant Mental Health Specialists, and Collaborative Problem Solving Clinicians with extensive training and education  They work with parents and children to assess potential problems and explore solutions in order to create healthy, happy relationships.

Our Child and Family Center offices are located in Palm Beach Gardens, with additional space at 5205 Greenwood Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 in the Palm Healthcare Foundation Pavilion on the St. Mary's Medical Center campus.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Caregivers

Child First is a national, evidence-based, two-generation model that works with very vulnerable young children and their families, providing intensive, home-based services. Implementation in Palm Beach County is being supported by the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County.

When young children grow up in environments where there is violence, neglect, mental illness, or substance abuse, the stress can be toxic to their developing brains. With effective intervention, this damage can be prevented.

Research demonstrates that these adverse experiences damage the developing brain of the young child. Therefore, Child First works in the home with a two-pronged approach: (1) Care coordination that provides wrap-around services and supports for the whole family, decreasing “toxic” stress, and (2) Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), an attachment-based, trauma-informed, dyadic intervention which protects the brain from the impact of stress and trauma. In this way, Child First is able to decrease the incidence of serious emotional disturbance, developmental and learning problems, and abuse and neglect among young children (prenatal to age six years). This intervention has been designated by Health and Human Services (HHS) as one of the 17 national, evidence-based home visiting models under the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Initiative (MIECHV).

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Adults

Counseling for pregnant women, new mothers, and young children experiencing stress and trauma.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Caregivers

The Childhood Trauma Response Program provides assessment, crisis support, and trauma treatment for children in the foster care system, including relative caregiving.

CTR works with Therapeutic Court in Palm Beach County to meet the social-emotional needs of children with the most complex trauma. The program also provides support for caregivers and education for professionals on effective strategies for supporting children with trauma.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Caregivers

The SBMH Program provides counseling in elementary schools for children living in high-risk communities, including the Glades.

The program provides co-located therapists at 10 elementary schools in high-risk neighborhoods throughout Palm Beach County. The program is focused on serving children with specific, identifiable trauma or mental health symptoms. Interventions will include an array of best practice and evidence-based treatment modalities using individual (1-3 times per week depending on need); and family therapy (1 time per month or depending on need); home visits (monthly); crisis counseling; and dyadic work with children and caregivers to promote effective use of parenting strategies, attachment, while in a safe environment. Interventions are designed to decrease trauma symptoms and enhance social-emotional functioning and ability to learn.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Accreditations

Nonprofits First Accreditation 2019

Awards

Sapphire Award 2008

Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida

National Easter Seals Award of Excellence 2005

National Easter Seals

Extraordinary Charity 2012

Extraordinary Charities, Inc.

Extraordinary Charity 2013

Extraordinary Charities, Inc.

Extraordinary Charity 2014

Extraordinary Charities, Inc.

Partner Agency 2014

Town of Palm Beach United Way

Great Nonprofit 2014

Great Nonprofits

Great Nonprofit 2015

Great Nonprofits

Great Nonprofit 2016

Great Nonprofit

Extraordinary Charity 2015

Extraordinary Charities, Inc.

Extraordinary Charity 2016

Extraordinary Charities, Inc.

Extraordinary Charity 2017

Extraordinary Charities, Inc.

Partner of the Year Palm Beach 2017

Head Start

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of youth and families for whom a strengths-based assessment is completed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Infants and toddlers, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Over the past ten years, Center for Child Counseling has increased capacity to serve more children in Palm Beach County. Over 5,400 children had some level of assessment or screening in 2020.

Number of training workshops

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Caregivers, Students

Related Program

Institute for Clinical Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Education and Prevention Services and Institute for Clinical Training provide a wide array of live and virtual workshops and educational opportunities for students, professionals, and caregivers.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Caregivers, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through all of Center for Child Counseling's Programs, over 4,000 children and their caregivers received some level of service, ranging from prevention activities to treatment for specific concerns.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our primary focus is early childhood, when most brain development occurs, extending beyond 3rd grade so children have the emotional readiness required to learn and succeed in life. Research shows that adversity and toxic stress in childhood can lead to disruption in the brain that impacts emotional and physical health throughout the lifespan. Early, effective intervention can change the course of a child's life and is the key to healthy outcomes.

Overarching Goal: Enable at-risk children and their caregivers to become productive, caring, and resilient members of our community through quality services and training of mental health professionals

Organizational Goals:
1. Improve the social-emotional wellness of at-risk children and parents by providing an array of prevention, early intervention, and mental health services.
2. Improve caregivers' use of positive parenting strategies while strengthening their ability to provide an environment that promotes healthy outcomes for their children.
3. Educate and train interns/mental health professionals on effective clinical models and strategies for working with children and families.

Organizational Objectives:
Provide Individual, Group, and Family counseling for at-risk children and their families and caregivers using best practice interventions;
Provide Psychoeducational workshops for parents, medical professionals, teachers, childcare workers, and other caregivers that promote social-emotional health and wellness;
Provide continuing education workshops for mental health professionals that promote the enhancement of skills and use of effective therapeutic techniques with children, adolescents, and their families to enhance the system of care;
Provide In-home, childcare center and school-based services that promote healthy relationships in the child's natural environment using best practice interventions by well-trained staff;
Utilize outpatient-based individual, family assessments, and therapy using effective interventions, including Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, Trauma-Focused Play Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Positive Parenting Program (Triple P©), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) by well-trained clinicians; and
Provide a Clinical Internship program that focuses on developing therapists that are able to effectively work with children, ages 0-18, and their families.

Utilize the media, social media, and public relations to continually highlight programs, community need and issues.
Enlist key business and community leaders to become champions of the cause to continue to build a base of support in the community for issues related to at-risk young children.
Collaborate and partner with other community organizations to creatively utilize resources.
Streamline and closely manage funder mix, budget-to-actual, and financial reports to optimize revenue mix and agency sustainability.

Since being founded, the Center for Child Counseling has focused on meeting the social-emotional needs of at-risk infants, toddlers, young children, and their families. As a result of our expertise and passion in the area of early childhood, we have earned the following experience, awards, and recognition over the past fifteen years:
* Childcare and Community Social-Emotional Wellness Program: Developed in 2004, CCSEW provides multilayered prevention, early intervention, and targeted treatment (including classroom observation, onsite mental health consultation and workshops, Individual and Group Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, and parenting groups) for children attending childcare centers in high-risk neighborhoods.
* Florida Blue Foundation Sapphire Award 1st Place Winner: Recognizing Community Health Excellence, we earned this prestigious award for excellence in service for babies and young children in 2008.
* Easter Seals Service Excellence Award: For achievement in providing exceptional services to strengthen and enhance services for people with disabilities in 2005.
* Institute for Clinical Training: The Institute provides an array of educational experiences for pediatric and mental health professionals, with a unique combination of classroom instruction and live supervision in high-risk childcare centers.
* Chapter in “Play Therapy for the Very Young Child" Published: Staff co-wrote a chapter about the Childcare and Community Social-* Emotional Wellness Program.Published Teacher/Parent Manual: “A Way of Being with Children: Managing Feelings and Behavior" is a guide for parents and teachers.
* 2013 and 2014 Extraordinary Charity in Palm Beach County.
* Top-rated nonprofit by by GreatNonprofits 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.
* Town of Palm Beach United Way partner agency.

Over the past nineteen years, Center for Child Counseling has been recognized for excellence in programming, including being the recipient of the 2005 National Easter Seals Award of Excellence, 2008 Blue Foundation Sapphire Award, and the 2018 Hats Off Nonprofit of the Year.

Our CEO and leadership team participate on numerous system-wide committees, including the Trauma-Sensitive Communities committee, a part of PBC’s Birth to 22 Initiative. This effort includes over 45 agencies working toward creating a trauma-informed Palm Beach County, which ties directly into our mission. Our cooperative agreement with the School District of Palm Beach County (SDPBC) allows us to provide services in over 50 schools, with a new School-Based Mental Health Program allowing us to co-locate services in 10 elementary schools in the highest-risk zip codes. It reflects a unique partnership between Center for Child Counseling, the SDPBC, and the Children’s Services Council (CSC). The communities served are the CSC funded BRIDGES communities, which were targeted for these community hubs due to multiple community stressors and needs (poverty, lack of resources, crime, etc.). In addition, our CCSEW Program is also co-located in 18 childcare centers, shelters, and schools.

We have strong relationships throughout Palm Beach County, working with partner agencies, schools, and key stakeholders to coordinate, rather than duplicate, efforts. Our CEO is a member of the Healthier Neighbors Steering and Purpose-Built Communities Committees, lending her voice and expertise on ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and childhood trauma to leaders working on addressing critical issues in the community. We also partner with key health providers, including the Pediatric Society of Palm Beach County, Palm Beach Pediatrics, and FAU’s Community Health Clinic and local universities to train over twenty master’s level students each year. Additionally, we engage early childhood, school, legal, medical, and law enforcement professionals on the community-wide level through various educational opportunities.

Over the past ten years, the Center for Child Counseling has trained thousands of mental health professionals and interns through Early Childhood Mental Health Training workshops, providing over 200 hours of didactic training and more than 2,000 hours of supervised clinical experience. In the past year alone, we have provided workshops to over 3,000 professionals (mental health, legal, law enforcement, and medical) and caregivers on a variety of topics, including the Impact of Trauma in Early Childhood and Trauma-Informed Care. Through our training program, we have made a significant impact on the system of care for young children in Palm Beach County by influencing an entire network of professionals from agencies throughout the community.

The best “side-effect" of the Early Childhood Mental Health training program has been the early mental health interventions provided for the hundreds of high-risk toddlers and young children. As part of their training, interns and trainees work with licensed therapists to provide thousands of hours of support and therapy to over 2,000 children in childcare centers, schools, and the community.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Center for Child Counseling serves children, ages birth to 18, and their parents and adult caregivers exposed to adversity, trauma, and other experiences that impact mental health and well-being.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Our Strategic Plan has a focus on 'Client Experience' which includes looking at all aspects of the organization's services. One of the major changes over the past year has been a stronger focus on developing caregiver and community capacity to build child well-being and resilience through development and dissemination of an array of online resources and training.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It has guided how we provide services and support in the community. For example, as a result of feedback our work is embedded within community settings to increase immediate access to care. These services are guided by client voice and choice.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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CENTER FOR CHILD COUNSELING INC

Board of directors
as of 6/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Bill Lynch

Jones Edmunds and Associates, Inc.

Term: 2013 -

Jeffrey Petrone

SageView Advisory Group

Eddie Stephens

Ward Damon

Madeline Morris

retired

Jennifer Rodriguez

Synovus (bank)

Patsy Mintmire

retired

Eugenia Millender

Florida State University

Jennifer Ferriol

City of West Palm Beach

Bailey Hughes

Parent and Advocate

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/16/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/16/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.