department provides referrals to Family Service in Dane County. The
following is a partial listing of programs that are available. Please
contact Family Service at (608) 252-1320 for a complete list of programs
The Families In Transition
Program is a flexible family therapy program serving families with
teens, ages 10-17, who are at risk of being placed outside of the home.
The FIT team works with families in their homes where the immediacy of
problems can be addressed. Presenting issues for the teen may include
emotional and behavioral difficulties, unlawful activities, school
problems, troubled relationships with family members, peers or community
persons, or alcohol and other drug abuse patterns. Families may present
with significant life stress, communication breakdowns, ineffective
parenting, or family aggression.
Safe At Home
Since 1998, the Safe At Home (SAH) program has been a resource for
the children (infant to age 11) and families of Dane County Wisconsin
who are experiencing significant life stress, conflict or child welfare
issues such as abuse or neglect. SAH is an intensive family counseling
program designed to work with families in their homes where the
immediacy of problems can be addressed and resolved. SAH services are
provided in a respectful and culturally responsive manner.
The Alternatives to
Aggression Program is a mental health program designed to address
domestic violence. ATA provides a continuum of services in
domestic violence treatment and prevention. ATA is based on the
knowledge that domestic violence includes all forms of abusive and
controlling actions. Community Service (ATA) staff work to
intervene on physical, sexual, emotional/psychological abuse, as well as
challenge and educate the participants on the belief systems held by
many individuals, that serve to promote and perpetuate domestic violence
in our culture.
An After-School Skill Building Program
Adventures is an
after-school group program for middle and high school youth designed to
enhance life and social skills such as negotiating, problem-solving,
anger management, coping with peer influences, respecting cultural
differences and developing self-awareness. Adventures uses a "learning by doing with reflection" approach to teach youth
new skills through experiential education, role-play, practice and
positive interactions with peers.
The Counseling and
Psychotherapy Services (CAPS) team focuses on general mental health
issues on an outpatient basis. The goal of CAPS is to create change for
clients through psychotherapeutic intervention. CAPS clients need to be
able to benefit from insight oriented therapy that is usually brief. The
CAPS team serves individuals, couples and families (this includes work
with children and would most likely be in the context of work with the
parent(s). Common areas of treatment are depression, physical, sexual
and emotional abuse, anxiety/panic, grief/loss issues, relationship
problems, family problems, self-esteem, anger management, etc.
Outpatient psychotherapy can be effective in creating a change in mood,
functioning and quality of life.