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Psychological & Counseling Services

The PCDA Psychological & Counseling Services Department is comprised of licensed therapists and supervised, license-eligible interns, with Master's or Doctoral degrees in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, or a related field. We offer a variety of services, including:

Developmental Behavioral Consultation (DBC)

DBC is a service offered for the families of children and teens, birth to 17 years old, when there are significant stresses on family relationships related to a child's behavioral, social, and emotional challenges. We take a developmental approach to behavioral problems, helping strengthen family members' closeness, engagement, and the reciprocal understanding of each other's emotional responses. Using the DIR® model, we understand behaviors in the context of the child's development, individual differences, and the patterns of family relationships. Parents play a crucial role, as we address interactions through the discovery and enjoyment of mutually pleasurable experiences geared to the child's and family's interests.

Services are vendored by the Regional Center, and usually start with a DBC Assessment. The service code is 605 (adaptive skills), and the vendor number is PD 0501 for both assessment and treatment.

Counseling and Family Therapy

Counseling and Family Therapy services are also available when concerns may call for personal reflection and exploration of feelings and experiences with the support of a licensed or license-eligible therapist. Therapy may be provided individually or with  other family members as needed. The unique joys and frustrations in parenting a child with developmental issues can stress marital and co-parenting relationships, such as dealing with discipline, limit setting, separation or divorce, or family of origin issues. High-functioning teens can also benefit from discussing their relationships with peers, siblings, and parents, and feelings such as depression and anxiety. Services may be private pay or in some cases covered by insurance.  

Sibling Support Group

This group for brothers and sisters of children with developmental disabilities meets once a week for 10 weeks per session. The group gives siblings the opportunity to learn, reflect, and share their experiences, concerns, and hopes with each other, with the guidance of a therapist.

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Departmental Assessments

Cognitive Testing

Our cognitive testing is administered by a Psychologist and identifies key cognitive strengths and weaknesses related to learning disabilities and attention disorders, such as: executive function, perceptual reasoning, verbal comprehension, functional skills, intellectual disability, and giftedness. This testing is for children, ages 6-16, and does not require reading or writing.

Transition to Adulthood Assessment

When a young person with a disability finishes high school and enters adulthood, there can be a dramatic shift in needs, available supports, and sources of funding. An assessment done at 15-18 years of age can help the young adult and his family to navigate this process. A Transition Assessment can help to identify interests and goals, including what types of work or schooling they want to pursue, where they want to live, adult relationships, health and self-care, safety in the community, mobility, money, use of free time, and self-advocacy