Children, Adolescent & Family Services
Aurora Mental Health Center knows that guiding children early on in life can help a child or teen grow into a healthy, stable adult. Furthermore, we know that providing families with the support and education they need to foster positive learning and development for their child will allow the entire family to live balanced and rewarding lives.
Our specialized programs help children, teens, and their families cope with challenges of mental illness and emotional disturbances. Our expert treatment teams provide assessments, individual, family, and group therapy, and medication evaluation and management. We also work closely with schools, social services, and other caregivers to ensure proper care is received in order to help a child overcome obstacles that affect their ability to learn and thrive in life.
Please take a look at our services, and feel free to call us at 303.617.2300 if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment. In addition to the services described below, most programs offer parenting education, family support, and other wellness groups and services.
EARLY CHILDHOOD AND FAMILY CENTER
A comprehensive range of services offered to children birth to age six with emotional or behavioral difficulties and their families. Our therapists work closely with parents and caregivers to provide the support essential for early childhood development.
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Provides individual, group, and family therapy to children ages 7 to 17, as well as psychological testing and medication evaluations.
METRO CHILDREN'S CENTER
Day treatment program for children to attend first through eight grade in a special education setting with very small classes, as well as receive individual, group, and family therapy.
CHILD INTENSIVE SERVICES
Intensive therapy services are offered to families with children ages 6 to 12 who may be involved with multiple systems and need frequent services and support.
CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES
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CHILDREN AND MENTAL HEALTH
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ADOLESCENT INTENSIVE SERVICES
Intensive therapy services, including Functional Family Therapy, are offered to families with children ages 13 to 18 who may be involved with multiple systems and need frequent services and support.
Services for children ages 5 to 21 with a developmental disability and a mental illness. Services include individual, group, and family therapy and medication evaluations, as well as a day treatment program that is a collaborative project of Aurora Mental Health Center and Aurora Public Schools.
Approved therapeutic school offering a structured educational and therapeutic program for adolescents ages 13 to 18, as well as intensive outpatient services to teens and their caregivers.
Our school-based therapists provide individual, group, and family therapy directly in schools throughout Aurora. This allows children and families to have easy access to mental health services.
In addition, our therapists work in conjunction with the teachers and school staff to provide the best integrated care possible to children and their families. The goal of the integrated counseling helps to improve a child's attendance, concentration, behavior, and social skills with peers and authority.
To build even a stronger bond, families work with our therapists to improve family communications, anger and stress management, coping skills, parenting strategies, and self-esteem.
CHILDHOOD TRAUMA TREATMENT AND RESEARCH
Aurora Mental Health Center is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. This national alliance is designed to share and make readily available the best treatments for childhood traumatic stress disorders, such as those that sometimes follow child abuse and neglect, natural disasters, and crime. The network links some of the best therapists, researchers, and educators in the United States.
CHILDREN AND TRAUMATIC STRESS
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FUNCTIONAL FAMILY THERAPY (FFT)
An intensive, proven form of therapy for families with at-risk children ages 13 to 18. We work on issues within the families dealing with conflict, school problems, drug and alcohol issues, oppositional and defiant behaviors, family communication problems, juvenile justice involvement, and many other challenging behaviors. Learn more>>
SAFE AND STABLE FAMILIES
Aurora Mental Health Center administers this federal funding that provides support for families trying to stay together or come back together, and to adoptive families.
AURORA YOUTH OPTIONS (AYO)
AYO is the result of a coalition of community leaders who recognized the need to create a model in Aurora for providing support to “at risk youth” who may be in danger of discontinuing their education, getting involved in criminal or violent activity.
AYO is designed to serve middle and high school-age youth in Aurora. These individuals are nominated into the program. This nomination can come from anyone who interacts with them, and youth can even nominate themselves. An AYO youth specialist then meets with them and their families to assess their needs by administering a “Communities that Care” survey that rates risk and protective factors.
Youth specialists offer referrals to existing community services, and provide assistance for funding sources if other resources are not available. For youth with high indicators of potential gang involvement, our Youth Specialists will refer them to the AYO Mentor Program. AYO has established free homework help/tutoring, and Teen and Family leadership programming.
For more information about AYO, please call the Aurora Youth Options at 303-617-2660, or go to www.aurorayouthoptions.org.
Channel 8 interview with AYO Mentor Program Coordinator Ken Broermann and Mentor Marci Myers
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