Counseling

Overview

Our Counseling Services program offers care for adults, families, adolescents, and children with mental health issues and crisis intervention.
We treat all our clients as individuals, tailoring care to the client’s specific needs, including providing school-based therapy within various elementary and high schools throughout Northwest Indiana. Specialized treatment that we can offer clients include:

  • Depression
  • Anger Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Grief / Loss
  • Post-traumatic Stress
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Family Conflict
  • Family Therapy
  • School Issues
  • Behavioral Problems

Testing

Catholic Charities also offers testing for adults, adolescents and children, which assists in determining the best approach to help an individual who is struggling.
It can give clarity and help identify the areas where an individual needs support, such as academic difficulties, emotional struggles, anxiety, and behavioral problems.
Testing can take approximately 3-6 hours and is offered at an extremely reduced rate of $375 for 4 hours or less of testing or $500 for more than 4 hours of testing.

  • Of note, average cost for testing at an outside agency is approximately $800 for 4 hours or less of testing, and approximately $1,000 for testing more than 4 hours.
  • The fee includes a psychological report, review of testing information with parent/guardian, consultation and tailored care plan. Families under financial strain also may be eligible to receive subsidy assistance from Catholic Charities.

School Counseling Program

Catholic Charities is available to offer school counseling for students in our Diocesan Schools. This provides a holistic approach to helping our children learn and grow in healthy ways because therapists are at the schools, involved with teachers and staff, and are available for support.

We are here to work with students with a variety of issues or difficulties, ranging from depression, anxiety, grief, anger, and loss. We can work with students, teachers, and staff to provide a team approach to helping our children work through academic, social, or behavioral concerns.

Referral to Counseling:

  • A student can be referred to our school counseling program by parents, teachers, or staff.
  • Once a referral is sent, the parent(s) will be asked to complete demographic information, sign a consent for care, and a HIPPA form.
  • A therapist will then reach out to the parent(s), teachers, and staff to gather information on the student and the current issue that brings him/her to therapy.
  • Cost of therapy is paid for by the student’s school to Catholic Charities Counseling Program.

Where does counseling take place?

  • A therapist will meet with the student during the school day, at the school he/she attends.
  • Meetings will last approximately 20-30 minutes with the student on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis, depending on his/her needs.
  • Parents are asked to be involved throughout therapy, providing information, updates, and progress reports.

Testing

Catholic Charities offers testing for students in our Diocesan Schools. Testing provides assistance for teachers, staff, and parents in determining the best approach in helping a student who is struggling personally and/or academically. It can be difficult to understand what a student is experiencing and how to provide appropriate support.

Testing can give clarity, finding the areas where the student needs support, such as academic difficulties, emotional struggles, anxiety, and behavioral problems. With this information, parents, teachers, and staff can create a team approach to support the student and help him/her develop necessary skills that will allow them to continue to grow in a positive direction.


Referral to Counseling:

  • A student can be referred to our testing program by parents, teachers, or staff.
  • Once a referral is sent, the parent(s) will be asked to complete demographic information, sign a consent for care, and a HIPPA form.
  • A clinician will then reach out to the parent(s), teachers, and staff to gather information on the child and the current issue for the testing referral.

What happens during testing?

  • Takes approximately 3-6 hours, depending on the referral question and information needed.
  • Testing is usually done at the child’s school, during the school day.
  • Testing typically involves completing tasks with paper and pencil, interviews with parents/guardian, teachers, and staff.
  • Parents, teachers, and staff may be requested to complete questionnaires to gather collateral information about a child’s functioning.

What is the cost?

  • Offering testing at an extremely reduced rate of $375 for 4 hours or less of testing. If testing exceeds 4 hours, the cost will be a reduced rate of $500.
  • *Of note, average cost for testing at an outside agency is approximately $800 for 4 hours or less of testing, and approximately $1,000 for testing more than 4 hours.

  • Cost includes a psychological report, review of testing information with parent/guardian, and consultation with teachers, staff, and parents to create a care plan for the child.
  • Families are responsible for the cost of testing. Families under financial strain may be eligible to receive subsidy assistance from Catholic Charities.

Privacy and Confidentiality
We know keeping information private and confidential is important. All documents regarding testing are kept confidential and will only be released upon written consent by the parent/guardian. Any clinical records are kept separate from the school and within Catholic Charities Counseling Services. Information would only be released in cases of abuse, neglect, risk of harm to self or others, and by court order.

COUNSELING PROGRAM
Dr. Jean Nanos – Director of Clinical Services
219-844-4883 / jnanos@catholic-charities.org

Evening counseling appointments available. Please call 219-844-4883 for more information.

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