Directions for Youth & Families’ treatment services provide counseling, community support, and clinical services to youth and their families. A resiliency-oriented/trauma-informed agency, we help individuals and families address and overcome a range of issues including:
- School concerns
- Domestic violence
- Mental health issues
- Physical abuse/neglect
- Family conflict
- Sexual abuse
- Substance abuse
Most programs are provided on an outreach basis – in client’s homes, schools, or other community settings – to reduce barriers to treatment and provide services in the environment they are needed. Some office-based services are also available.
Outreach Counseling Program (OCP)
Home/school/community-based individual and family counseling for youth ages 5-18 and their families. Services include counseling, community support services, advocacy, and referral.
Provides school and home-based mental health counseling to students in selected Franklin County schools who are currently experiencing or are at risk for mental and/or emotional problems, drug and alcohol abuse, or family dysfunction. The program also focuses on helping students with anger management, conflict resolution, and self-esteem issues. Program referrals are accepted from participating school personnel only.
Student Outreach Services (SOS)
Assists Columbus City Schools students and their families in removing barriers to student achievement and success. Services include Education and Consultation, mental health assessments, and providing schools, students, and families with information regarding community resources. Program referrals are accepted from Columbus City School personnel only.
Building Bright Futures –Youth at risk for school failure
Home/school/community-based individual and family counseling for youth in grades 6th through 12th who are at risk for school failure. Services can include counseling, community support services, advocacy, and referral.
PROMISES – For survivors of sexual abuse
For youth ages 5-18 who are survivors of reported or suspected sexual abuse. Home/school/community-based comprehensive therapeutic program with individual, group and family counseling.
Children Who Witness Violence
Home/school/community-based individual, family, and group counseling for youth ages 5-18 to reduce traumatic effects of witnessing violence and prevent future violence.
Children of Murdered Parents and Siblings (COMPS)
Home/school/community-based individual, family and group counseling for youth ages 5-18 who have lost a loved one to homicide.
Healthy Alternatives for Youth – Substance Use Counseling
For youth ages 12 -18 who are using and at risk of becoming dependent on drugs or alcohol. Services can include individual counseling, family counseling, case management services, and group counseling.
Home/school/community-based individual and family counseling for youth ages 10-22, who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, or have gender identity issues.
Teen Parent Connection (TPC)
Serves pregnant or parenting youth/young adults and their families through age 21. Home/school/community-based individual and family counseling offered along with community support and case management.
Office-Based Counseling Program
Counseling services for children, adolescents, adults, and families are available at two locations. Psychiatric and Psychological services for children and adolescents are also available.
Anger Management Options (AMO)
Assists youth ages 10-18 and their families to identify and initiate alternative ways to express anger and rage without violence. Services can include home/school/community-based individual counseling, family counseling, community support services, and group counseling.