The Outpatient Clinic provides a variety of mental health services including comprehensive diagnostic assessments, psychiatric evaluations, psychological testing, psychopharmacological services, individual, group and family therapies, in-home interventions, case management, specialized parent training and parent counseling. This past year more than 2,100 children, adolescents and families were served.
New Haven School-Based Clinics
Clinic staff is placed at New Haven school-based clinics providing mental health services to students and their families. The staff is located at Clinton Avenue Elementary School, Fair Haven Middle School, Lincoln-Bassett School, and Wilbur Cross High School. On-site clinics help to overcome financial and cultural barriers, address transportation difficulties, and greatly facilitate the school-clinic partnership in working to develop the most appropriate educational plan for students referred. The ultimate goal is to enhance the learning and well-being of children in school. Other educationally oriented community-based services include consultation to staff at five pre-school programs in West Haven.
The Morris A. Wessel Child and FamilyTrauma Center
Trauma: an extremely distressing experience that causes severe emotional shock and may have long-lasting psychological effects.*
As the dictionary notes, trauma takes an immediate toll on those experiencing it, but it also can have long-term psychological effects that can stunt a child’s emotional growth and tear families apart. That’s why The Morris A. Wessel Child and Family Trauma center (Wessel Center) is so important to families who have experienced traumatic events. They need help and healing to cope with the shock, as well as hope that the future will be brighter.
*Encarta® World English Dictionary ©