Behavioral and Mental Health Programs
Behavioral challenges, emotional difficulties, and mental health issues often reveal themselves in childhood and early adulthood. These challenges and issues can impact a young person’s functioning at home, in school, and in community. We view therapy as a partnership between youth, parents, other caregivers, and the clinician. Together, we help young people identify and understand their feelings, learn effective coping skills, and begin to heal from life’s challenges. Community Counseling supports the development of coping skills and strategies to help the family function more effectively and the young person attain stability and a sense of personal agency.
Early Intervention in Schools
Failing grades, truancy, acute behavior challenges, or drug and alcohol use can start early. That’s why intervention must start early too, if we want to divert and prevent the escalation into more serious and dangerous behavior.
For many young people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, or Asexual (LGBTQIA+), it can feel like no place is safe. LGBTQIA+ young people experience significantly higher rates of bullying, harassment, intimidation, and abuse at school, home, and out in the world. Add to this poverty, homelessness, and/or involvement in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems – categories in which LGBTQIA+ youth have a disproportionate representation – and it’s not a surprise to also find increased risk factors like depression, school drop-out, increased self-harm, and suicide attempts.
Sometimes young students and older youth experience social, emotional, and/or behavioral challenges too acute for them to function in traditional schools. They require intensive therapeutic support and an education plan fitted to their specific needs.
Young people who will be transitioning out of foster care and/or probation need housing and specialized support to stabilize, grow and establish the kind of safe, self-sufficient existence many of us take for granted. Real Alternatives offers a continuum of transitional housing opportunities for current and former foster youth and/or those on probation ages 16 to 24. We provide an apartment for youth to call home and often support especially vulnerable populations including commercially sexually exploited youth, parenting and pregnant youth, and LGBTQ-identified youth.