How does social worker and Little League coach Aaron Parker teach his team to make good choices on and off the field? By using evidence-based principles from UW School of Social Work’s Communities in Action initiative. Your support makes it possible to help more youth adopt healthy behaviors for life.
You can watch a video of THS Branch Manager Aaron Parker in action with his Little League team here.
Click here to learn more about the University of Washington School of Social Work and the Communities that Care program.
On Tuesday, December 12, THS was honored to host King County Executive Dow Constantine to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Youth & Family Homelessness Prevention Initiative. One year ago, we began our partnership with Best Starts For Kids to provide solutions to young people and families facing homelessness. We’re proud to announce that together, we prevented more than 3,000 people from becoming homeless in 2017. Click here to see how we did it.
You can also watch coverage of the press conference from Q13 Fox News featuring THS’s own Tanya Robertson-Brooks.
Check out our new THS Adult and Youth Program brochures.
To view or download a copy:
Click HERE for the Adult Programs Brochure.
Click HERE for the Youth Programs brochure.
Announcing the 2015 Therapeutic Health Services Investigative Summary and Juvenile Justice Directory!
Therapeutic Health Services (THS) is one of the oldest alcohol and substance abuse multi-service nonprofit organizations in the Pacific Northwest. It has assisted residents of both King and Snohomish Counties, and offered one of the first mental health and youth service bureaus for Black youth. For over forty years, THS has provided a comprehensive mental health, alcohol and substance abuse service-approach to meeting the challenges affecting Black youth, their parents and extended families.
Over the course of nearly three years, research was conducted into what drives this over-representation of Black youth in the criminal justice pipeline. The question that we focused on throughout the research process was “what’s missing in terms of reducing this travesty?” Fifty-five individuals representing eleven sectors were randomly selected and interviewed. These included: law enforcement, court officials, youth advocates, nonprofit service providers, faith-based community leaders and educators, juvenile justice administration, and businesses. We also included local public high school student voices.
The participants were interviewed over a period of two years by a local researcher behalf of Therapeutic Health Services. This cumulative project is a question to the community; “What’s Your Responsibility for reducing the Incarceration of Black Youth?” It examines what was learned from that inquiry, and aims to move us forward with resolve to make a difference in the world around us.
The Juvenile Justice Resource Directory is a companion piece to the Investigative Summary and was inspired by interviewees who insisted our city and communities cross this state can do more. Both are public service publications highlighting the completion of our juvenile justice project.
Tarena Lofton Susanna Harris was sitting in her lab class for her graduate program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when she received an email that told her she had failed what she describes as “the most important exam in grad school,” the doctoral qualifying exam. She took the rest of the day off, went home and baked cookies. Harris continued with her regular schedule: lab, work, home, repeat. Everything seemed fine until she realized she was more..
In response to overwhelming demand, Therapeutic Health Services is happy to announce that it will begin offering youth mental health services at its existing Kent location at 24823 Pacific Highway South. “We’ve been receiving so many calls and emails from families in Kent, Federal Way, Des Moines and Burien. Our Seattle-based counseling staff has been doing a great job responding. We’re at the point where it just makes sense to have counseling staff closer to the communities they are serving,” more..
We want to share Royale’s story with you. Royale was a client of our Youth and Families program. His story, in turning his life around, is a bright light that we hope brings you a smile. We serve many young people like Royale and we hope to share more stories like his with you in the coming year. Please consider making a gift today to ensure we can continue lighting up lives like Royale’s. Support Patients Like Royale Please consider more..
Every year the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) surveys 8th, 10th, and 12th graders across the country about their substance use The most recent results from 2017 show some interesting changes in the popularity and perceived risk of cigarettes, “vaping,” and marijuana. While cigarette use has shown a steady decline since the survey began in 1991, vaping is becoming more and more popular. In 2017, 27% of 12 graders said they had ever smoked a cigarette, while 36% said more..
We need your help to raise $10,000 in the next 2 months Every so often we have a program that needs “a little help” – additional funding that allows us to serve more people in need or to enhance services so existing participants can be more successful. In order to provide extra help for the ROYAL program, THS has started its first ever crowdfunding campaign to provide extra summer programming for local youth in need. Our goal is to raise more..
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is based on the understanding that the way we think influences how we feel and the choices that we make. Cognitions (thoughts and beliefs) are the things we say to ourselves about the world around us. These thoughts can sometimes be unhelpful, negative, or distorted from reality. For example, Sam is walking down the hallway at school and tries to say hello to one of his classmates. The classmate barely looks more..
ICTP is pleased to announce that our Spanish Parent Coaching Group starts April 23, 2018 Spanish-speaking parents and caregivers of youth with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders are invited to attend this FREE 5-week workshop. Families can expect to learn about the teenage brain and why co-occurring disorders require a different set of strategies. We will also talk about skills to help develop healthy household rules, reduce conflict, build relationships, and maintain safety in the home. THS Psychiatric more..
ICTP Director Dr. Susan Caverly was a featured panelist at Sno-Isle Libraries Issues That Matter series on March 7, 2018. Other panelists were ICTP Therapist Rochelle Long, Co-Occurring Disorder Specialist for Stanwood-Camano School District and Megan Boyle, Director of Children’s Intensive Services at Compass Health. Dr. Caverly offered a unique perspective in this panel. She has seen the impact of co-occurring disorders in teens on a professional and a personal level. The panel discussed some of the treatment options for more..
What are co-occurring disorders? The term co-occurring disorder applies when someone has both a mental health and a substance use disorder. This is also known as dual diagnosis or dual disorder. For example, an individual with anxiety who is also struggling with alcohol use. For more information visit: https://www.samhsa.gov/disorders. How is the Integrated Cognitive Therapies Program (ICTP) different from other programs? Often youth with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders see multiple providers, one who specializes in each area. Integrated more..
THS is proud to announce our 2017 Mental Health and Substance Use Program Outcomes For both youth and adult clients, we track progress every 90 days on a number of general measures of improvement towards treatment goals. For the Substance Use program, we track measures of improvement such as basic medical care received, alleviation of chronic symptoms and reduction in use of alcohol and drugs. For Mental Health, we track the development of self-management skills, improvements in mood and behavior, more..