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Adolescent Mentoring

The Adolescent Mentoring program links adolescents and young adults that are involved with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency or Childrens System of Care with mentors who will serve as a positive role model and engage the adolescent in positive activities. The goal of this program is to form lifelong friendships between the youth and their mentor through bi-weekly contacts over the course of at least one year.  

Counties served:

Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Child & Teen Counseling & Therapy Services

We want to ensure all children and teens can learn, grow, and develop to realize their fullest potential. Childhood and adolescence can be a difficult time that is often intensified by social and familial complexities. Our clinical staff help youth navigate life’s challenges by teaching coping skills, building self-confidence, and managing emotions. Individual & Group Youth Counseling Our highly skilled therapists provide individual and group counseling sessions to help children and teens cope with challenges in their lives. Clinicians help teach self-confidence and social skills, manage anger and emotions, and develop other essential life skills. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) PCIT is a fun, interactive therapy for children ages 2 to 8 and their parents. We help parents learn effective ways to get a child’s undesirable behaviors to stop. Undesirable behaviors exhibited by children include disruptiveness, acting out at school or home, failure to pay attention or follow simple directions, and having frequent temper tantrums. Autism Spectrum Disorder Groups Acenda offers social skills groups which teach appropriate social interaction. Five different social skills groups are available based on a child or adolescent’s age and needs. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) DBT is designed to help change patterns of behavior that are not helpful, such as self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and substance use. It has been called the “gold standard” for treating non-helpful and harmful behaviors in teens and adults. Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) TF-CBT is an evidenced based treatment for children and adolescents who have been impacted by trauma. Pre and Post Adoption Support Skilled therapists trained in the unique needs of foster, adoptive, and birth families work to ease all stages of the adoption process. LGBTQ Groups Sessions focus on issues related to sexual and gender identity and orientation, discrimination, family relationships, stress management, and the coming out process. Telehealth Services Together, we are facing truly unprecedented circumstances. COVID-19 is affecting our families, our communities, and our way of life. Our top priority is providing additional care for those experiencing stress and anxiety due to these extraordinary circumstances. Acenda is now accepting new clients for counseling services via telehealth—a remote phone or online therapy & counseling solution. Click here to learn more about our expanded Telehealth Services. Counseling & Wellness Center Locations Glassboro Egg Harbor Township Woodbury How are you feeling? Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional. Click here to take a self-assessment

Counties served:

Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Children Residential Cape Community Home

Children Residential Cape Community Home is a psychiatric community residence for youth licensed by the Department of Children and Families. Cape Community Home serves clients, both male and female, from ages 11 - 17, who have serious mental illnesses and have been determined to need comprehensive residential care to ameliorate symptoms and behaviors associated with their diagnosis. Collaboration within the child's support system, including family, DCP&P and CMO members, addresses other social and environmental which influence the child's well-being and ultimate goal of being discharged from residential care into other appropriate settings or with family. Referrals are generated from the CMO and in-patient hospitals. Cape Community Home provides a strength-based, goal oriented approach to helping youth meet their needs.

Counties served:

Cape May

Cognitive Life Skills

The Cognitive Life Skills program provides youth who are currently on Gloucester County Juvenile Probation with weekly group sessions that focus on life skills training and leadership and trust building. The program provides a safe and supportive environment for youth to talk and learn about real life situations in an interactive way.

Counties served:

Gloucester

Connect to Home

Connect to Home provides permanent supportive housing for youth and/or parenting youth ages 18 to 21 who are at risk of homelessness and are currently or were previously involved with the Division of Child Protection & Permanency. Staff provide youth with support services to enhance life skills, education, employment, community supports, and stability.

Counties served:

Burlington

Connect to Well-Being

The Connect to Family and Connect to Well-Being program seeks to achieve permanency, social connections, and emotional well-being for youth. Acenda staff will work to establish permanency by creating stable adult relationships, plans for the future, and maintaining contact with meaningful and committed individuals in the youths’ lives.

Counties served:

Burlington

Connect Two

The Connect Two program provides in-home counseling to children and their families who are involved with or at risk of being involved with the Juvenile Justice System. Therapists work with the youth and their families to help the youth set positive goals, improve family functioning and well-being, and provide appropriate linkages with community resources.

Counties served:

Cumberland, Salem

Expectant and Parenting Youth

Our Expectant and Parenting Youth program supports expectant and/or parenting youth who are currently involved with the DCP&P and are either homeless or at-risk of homelessness. The program is modeled after our Life Link Homes, and will allow youth to secure stable housing with voluntary supportive services and life skills training.

Counties served:

Camden

FamCare

Through our affiliate partnership with FamCare, Acenda clients now have seamless access to comprehensive family planning and reproductive healthcare services.

Counties served:

Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Family Connections

The Family Connections program provides intensive in-home therapy, skill building, family resource education, and assistance to families involved with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency who have children under the age of 17. Using a team approach of a therapist and counselor, families work towards the goal of stability and improvement of their family functioning and well-being.

Counties served:

Cumberland, Gloucester

Fostering Independence

The Fostering Independence Program provides life skills instruction and case management to youth who are aging out of foster care and involved with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency. The program provides case management and advocacy and assists adolescents and young adults during their transition from foster care to independent living. This is an open purchase program and requires a SAR (Special Approval Request) through the DCP&P.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Functional Family Therapy

Functional Family Therapy is an evidence-based in-home family therapy program for youth who have been involved with the legal system in some capacity, e.g., police called to the home, runaway, and probation.

Counties served:

Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Grounded

The Grounded program is a Detention-Alternative program which provides sufficient short-term supervision to youth who have charges against them in Salem County. The supervision allows for youth to safely remain in the community while awaiting the final disposition of their care, and ensures that the youth will be present at their next court hearing. Youth receive weekly in-home counseling, detention, support, and monitoring during the length between their court hearings.

Counties served:

Salem

Intensive In-Community Services

Intensive In-Community Services provides short-term intensive behavioral health counseling to youth and their families in their homes or communities. Counseling is provided by master’s level and licensed clinicians.

Counties served:

Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Life Link Homes

Life Link Homes offer permanent supportive housing for youth who are homeless or aging out of the child welfare system. The program provides life skills, employment counseling, and therapy to ensure a successful transition to self-sufficient living and to prevent long-term dependency on social services. Young adults who comply with their lease requirements may remain until they determine they have the skills and self-confidence to live fully independently.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Lifelong Connections

The Lifelong Connections program helps to establish permanent connections with supportive adults for youth who are aging out of the foster care system. Staff work on identifying supportive adults and connecting them with youth aging out of Division of Child Permanency and Protection supervision. These relationships allow for adolescents and young adults to work towards goals of independent living, long-term specialized care, or stabilization.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Mobile Response and Stabilization Services

If your child is having a mental health crisis in the home, we can provide help within the hour. REQUEST SERVICES FOR YOUR CHILD CALL 877-652-7624 Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS) provides immediate support for families with children up to the age of 21 who are experiencing escalating emotional or behavioral issues. Call toll free 877-652-7624 and ask for "Mobile Response Services". Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we can come into your home, or provide support by phone or video. Crisis interventions include de-escalation, service linkage, and short term stabilization management. Currently, we are able to provide crisis interventions via telephone or telehealth (video) platforms.  Additional Resources: Five Tips for De-escalating Your Teen’s Behavior Does My Child or Teen Need Emergency Mental Health Intervention?

Counties served:

Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

On My Own

The On My Own program provides aftercare services to youth who are aging out of the foster care system. Services within this program include training for employment seeking and retention, enabling youth to receive their high school diploma, counseling services on an individual or group basis, and assistance in obtaining independent housing.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Pathways to Academic and Career Exploration to Success (PACES)

PACES is an in-home service that aims to support adolescents involved with the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) by providing effective transition practices to obtain a high school diploma and engage in post-secondary education, career exploration, vocational training, and other supports and services to assist the youth to secure employment. Individuals must be between the ages of 16 and 21 and meet one of the requirements below to be eligible for the NJ Foster Care Scholars (NJFCS) program: • For youth currently residing in DCP&P out-of-home placements, they must be between the ages of 15 and 16. • Youth must have been adopted through DCP&P after age 12 or entered Kinship Legal Guardianship after age 16. • For youth experiencing homelessness, they must reside or have recently resided in a Transitional Living program or independent living arrangement.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

Pettirosso Community Home

Pettirosso Community Home provides an intensive therapeutic community home setting in which females will receive 24 hour supervision and intensive treatment services in a trauma-informed treatment milieu, with a goal of transitioning to a lower level of service or family reunification. Services are available to females living in any county in New Jersey, and last 8 to 10 months on average. Referrals are received through PerformCare, and females are placed in the home following an assessment through the Division of Children’s System of Care that indicates they need this level of care. A meet and greet is held with the youth and family prior to acceptance into the program. ​

Counties served:

Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren

Robins’ Nest Group Home

Robins’ Nest Group Home is a community based out of home treatment setting which provides services to adolescent females (14-17 years of age) who are experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges. Individualized treatment plans are created to guide services to meet each resident’s individual needs. Services include behavior management, life skills training, and therapy.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren

School-based Services

While school is designed as a place for children to learn and grow, many students face difficult challenges in the classroom that range from behavioral missteps to problems interacting with their peers. To help make these challenges easier on both parents and educators alike, Acenda clinicians partner with local school districts to find strategies and methods that work in the classroom and help make the learning environment a better place for everyone. CLINICAL COUNSELING We utilize a variety of evidenced based protocols in working with your students. Our staff are trauma informed clinicians who specialize in working with school age youth. We provide both individual and group counseling, and work tirelessly to engage parents in the clinical process. PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATION On-site psychiatric evaluations to meet zero tolerance and child study team requirements, or to provide barrier-free access to psychiatry in rural communities. MEDICATION MANAGEMENT On-site psychiatric medication management SOCIAL SKILLS GROUPS Many of our schools have a need for students to engage in social skills. We utilize an evidence-based protocol which students enjoy! TEACHER CHILD INTERACTION TECHNIQUES Based on the core skills from Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Teacher Child Interaction Techniques (TCIT) allow teacher and classroom assistants to address behaviors utilizing positive, reinforcing feedback, and interaction. TCIT will reduce the number of outbursts and tantrums in your classes. FUNCTIONAL BEHAVIORAL ASSESSMENTS Our Board Certified Behavior Analysts provide assessments, observations, and full plans. HARASSMENT AND BULLYING We provide policy development and staff training for required Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) protocols.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem

School-based Youth Services

School Based Youth Services seek help young people navigate the adolescent years and graduate healthy and drug free. Services include: after-school activities, recreational trips, individual, group, and family counseling, referrals to primary and preventative health services, substance abuse counseling, life skills groups, support groups, mediation and conflict resolution, advocacy, employment services, individualized goal setting, and other identified needs.

Counties served:

Cape May

Second Chance

The Second Chance program provides services to youth who have begun to engage in antisocial and low-level delinquent behavior in an effort to prevent them from continuing down the wrong path. Staff provides weekly in-home counseling to address the underlying family issues that impact the youth’s behaviors and work towards finding the family community resources and case management that will benefit them.

Counties served:

Gloucester

Steps Toward Independence

Steps Toward Independence (STI) is a transitional, supportive housing program that assists homeless youth, especially youth leaving the child welfare system, with life skills and support services to make a successful transition to self-sufficient living and to prevent long-term dependency on social services.

Counties served:

Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Warren

Street Dreams

The Street Dreams program works with juvenile probationers and connects them with education and employment opportunities in order to engage them in planning and setting goals for their future. The program includes assistance with resume building, employment seeking and retention, and accessing community resources, budgeting, and housing.

Counties served:

Gloucester

Strengthening Youth

Strengthening Youth is a free three month long program designed to help at-risk youth from becoming formally involved with the Juvenile Justice System. Provided to residents of Burlington County under the age of 18, Strengthening Youth gives youth the opportunity to meet weekly with a Youth Counselor to discuss their goals and how to accomplish them.

Counties served:

Burlington

Traumatic Loss Coalition

The Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth Program (TLC) at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care is New Jersey’s primary youth suicide prevention program and is funded by the Department of Children and Families, Division of Child Behavioral Health Services. The TLC is an interactive, statewide network that offers education, collaboration, and support to professionals working with school-age youth. The dual mission of the TLC is excellence in suicide prevention and trauma response assistance to schools following unfortunate losses due to suicide, homicide, accident, and illness. This is accomplished through county, regional, and statewide conferences, training, consultation, and technical assistance. The purpose is to ensure that those working with youth from a variety of disciplines and programs have up-to-date knowledge about mental health issues, suicide prevention, trauma response, and resiliency enhancement. The TLCs are available to: Provide county coalition meetings for the purpose of networking, disseminating information, and reviewing best practices in the areas of mental health, traumatic loss and suicide prevention. Educator Professional Development Credits are available for attending the educational component of these meetings. Provide schools with assistance from the TLC’s Lead Response Teams (LRT) in the event of a traumatic loss. Assistance can range from phone consultation and support to the provision of on-site services. Coordinate a two hour Suicide Awareness Training for Educators to fulfill the professional development requirement, per N.J.S.A. 18A:6-11. Consult with schools and communities regarding evidence-based suicide curricula. This consultation can help schools fulfill the requirements of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.

Counties served:

Cape May, Salem

Youth Outreach Services

Youth Outreach Services provide services such as: Comprehensive Clinical Assessments and Recommendations with Strength and Needs Assessment provided in the community; Intensive In-Home Community Services by Licensed or Masters prepared Therapists; Intensive In-Home Community Services by a Bachelors prepared Counselors; Behavioral Assistance under the supervision of a Licensed Therapist; and Stabilization Services for youth involved with Mobile Response.

Counties served:

Cape May

Youth Partial Care

Our goal is to prevent psychiatric hospitalization or re-hospitalization as well as provide a transition back into the community for those who have been hospitalized. Youth Partial Care (YPC) services are provided through a comprehensive, intensive after-school program that includes individual, group and family therapy. In addition, the YPC program provides psychiatric evaluation and medication monitoring. During the summer months the program operates from 10am to 3:30pm. Master level therapists facilitate group activities including psychotherapy, art therapy and/or movement therapy. Off-site “reward trips” are built into the program design to encourage appropriate behavior. Case management, individual and family therapy are also provided. YPC offers transportation services to and from the program for children and adolescents who demonstrate the ability to adhere to established behavioral rules while on the van. Meals are also provided.

Counties served:

Gloucester