Is your child having trouble getting along and getting through the day due to emotional distress and behavioral issues? Are you concerned about school performance and relationship issues with family and friends? Have you run out of ideas and feel like you are alone in helping your child get out of this rough spot?
Children’s Outpatient Program of Empowerment (COPE) reaches out to children experiencing behavioral health concerns, so they may remain in their home. Working toward positive changes in behaviors and relationships alongside achieving and maintaining academic progress is the desired outcome. When a child is unable to overcome difficult patterns of behavior, COPE staff supports that child in learning healthy ways of thinking and interacting. We explore the strengths and needs of each unique child while providing an opportunity to learn and practice new skills with other children in a group setting. Medication needs are managed by our psychiatrists, in collaboration with primary caregivers and COPE staff.
COPE offers a safe, stable and consistent classroom-like setting with the goal of equipping each child to participate successfully in school and life. We will explore strategies and solutions for developing:
• Coping Skills,
• Anger Management,
• Stress Management,
• Relationship Skills,
• Self-Esteem & Problem Solving
• Communication Skills for use in the educational system, so both the parent and child can be assured of the best classroom experience possible.
Collaboration between your child’s school and COPE staff allows for the coordination of behavioral and academic expectations in keeping with appropriate instructional levels.
COPE Day Program: Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM to 2 PM
The child who is unable to remain in school due to behavioral health difficulties will benefit from this intervention. COPE staff can provide treatment to equip your child with the skills necessary to transition back to the classroom smoothly and engage with others in healthier ways.
COPE After School Program: Monday – Thursday, 3 PM to 7 PM
This program is structured for the child who continues to attend school, but is experiencing significant behavioral health issues. Therapy will include new strategies and skills designed to cultivate more positive home and classroom interactions.
COPE Summer Program: Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM to 2 PM
Daily support and reinforcement during the summer months is provided for the child with serious behavioral health concerns. Difficult patterns of behavior can be overcome by addressing the needs of the child in a holistic and positive group setting. Breakfast & lunch are provided by the Borough of Pottstown Department of Parks and Recreation.
Eligibility for COPE: Children 5 to 13 years of age can be referred by your family, school, behavioral health provider or a social service agency. Children must reside in Montgomery County and be eligible for Medical Assistance. Transportation is available through TransNet for those who qualify. Referrals for your child or adolescent may be made by your family, your child’s school, a social service agency, or mental health providers.
When a child is unable to overcome difficult patterns of behavior, COPE staff supports that child in learning healthy ways of thinking and interacting. We explore the strengths and needs of each unique child while providing an opportunity to learn and practice new skills with other children in a group setting.
Services offered to children by Creative Health staff are:
Child Centered as they meet the individual needs of the child, considers the child’s and family’s situation, are developmentally appropriate, strength based and child specific.
- Family Focused as the family is recognized as the primary support system for the child. The family is a full partner in all stages of decision making and treatment.
- Community Based as both formal and informal resources are accessed in order to promote the child’s successful participation in the community.
- Multi-Systemic as they are planned in collaboration with all child-serving systems involved with the child’s life.
- Culturally Competent as the behavior, attitudes, values, beliefs, customs, language, rituals, ceremonies and practices of the child’s ethnic group are recognized and respected.
- Least Restrictive/Least Intrusive as they are delivered in settings considered the least restrictive and least intrusive and meet the needs of the child.
Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP)
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Your convenient access to our differing levels of care is important to us at Creative Health Services.