Providence Senior Outreach programs including Senior Peer Counseling, Case Management, Volunteers for Seniors, and School Counseling. Senior peer counselors are volunteers who have been extensively trained and supervised by a mental health professional.
They provide one-on-one counseling designed to support and assist seniors in the community who may be facing challenging or difficult circumstances in their lives.
Started in 1999, Volunteers for Seniors provide valuable services for frail, home-bound seniors who have no other resources. Volunteers for seniors provide access to medical care and help to maintain independence in the home, which enhances and maintains the quality of life for seniors. Services include: transportation to medical appointments, shopping for groceries, light housekeeping, cooking a meal and friendly visiting.
Started in 2006, the School Counseling provides mental health services for students who evidence social, emotional, behavioral, and trauma related problems inhibiting their ability to learn. Children are referred for counseling by their parents or their teachers, and they also self refer. The Program teaches students healthy coping skills, social skills, and other recognition and management of emotions. Parents and teachers are also provided support and are seen as valuable components for the student treatment plan. Some reasons for counseling include depression, being new to the school, divorce, separation, being a victim of abuse, death of a family member, self mutilation (cutting), remarriage, relationship problems, etc.