Children’s Services at Interact
All of Interact’s children’s behavioral health services are individually designed and provided in a manner that is child-centered, family-focused, culturally sensitive, and least-restrictive. The fundamental goal of Interact’s children’s services is to help families develop a plan to optimize natural supports, realize potential for resiliency and experience the power to change at any stage in their development. Outpatient care is the first step toward managing behavioral and emotional symptoms experienced by children.
A child or adolescent who is referred for treatment will receive a comprehensive bio-psycho-social evaluation during which information from the parent or guardian, the child, teachers and other identified people in the child’s life will be gathered and assessed to determine an appropriate level of care for the child and family. When needed, referrals will be made to address more imminent safety concerns. All service decisions will be family driven and facilitate recovery and resiliency for the child and family members. Services for children and teenagers include outpatient individual and family counseling, drug and alcohol counseling, medication management and in-home and in-community supports.
Interact offers children services in places and times that make the most sense for them and their families. In addition to the services on this page, we also offer children outpatient services at our Greenridge Counseling Center and satellite schools. To make sure your child is receiving the all the supports they need, you may also consider our optional testing services.
School Therapeutic Services
School Therapeutic Services (STS) falls under the Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services umbrella. It was developed as an off-shoot to traditional wraparound services in which children were receiving one-on-one individual support while in school. STS uses a group Therapeutic Staff Support model which is supported by master’s-level clinicians who provide services such as individual or group therapy, behavioral analysis, and therapeutic consultation with teachers, parents, and other child serving personnel.
In partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and the School District of Philadelphia, our school-based staff works to support children by teaching coping and social skills, providing therapy, and planning and implementing individualized behavior modification programs. Services occur at the school during the regular school day to ensure academics remain the students’ primary focus while also reducing the stigma associated with having an individual therapeutic staff shadow the child throughout the school day. In addition, our STS programs are helping improve the school behavioral “climate” generally by consulting with school counselors and leadership staff and by participating in school-wide supports for all students.
Interact provides school therapeutic services in the following schools:
Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) including Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
Intensive Behavioral Health Individual and Group Services
Interact’s Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) program supports children with mental, emotional, and behavioral health needs in their schools, homes and communities. IBHS has replaced what was known as Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services or “Wraparound” and School Therapeutic Services (STS) in Philadelphia. Interact has the primary responsibility of providing IBHS in zip codes 19139 and 19104.
IBHS Individual and Group Services are designed to provide support to children and families who are struggling with mental health and behavioral challenges. It is a team based approach utilizing mental health professionals such as Behavioral Consultants and Mobile Therapists, as well as one to one support when medically necessary to stabilize the child and family in their environment. IBHS also offers Care Coordination and Family Peer Specialists to assist families with addressing Social Determinants of Health needs such as housing, food insecurity and medical needs.
Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)
Interact’s Applied Behavioral Analysis program is a community based service provided to children and families who are challenged with specific behavioral issues. ABA is an intensive therapy that focuses on improving social, communication and learning skills through the use of empirically supported positive behavioral reinforcement techniques.
ABA is considered the “gold standard” of treatment for individuals with Autism and Developmental Disorders however it can be used wherever there is a need to change or reinforce existing behaviors.