Madraigos clinical services include a wide range of therapeutic intervention and prevention programs to help adolescents gain greater knowledge about themselves, grow to overcome their challenges and reach their potential. Professional development and individualized consultations to local schools helps equip teachers and administrators to proactively identify problems facing students and assist in finding solutions.
The Madraigos clinical staff combines broad knowledge and experience with overarching compassion and sensitivity, to provide the community with an invaluable resource.
- The Counseling Center
- Professional Development
- Parent Support Group
- Individualized Guidance
- Community Lectures
The Counseling Center
The Counseling Center provides assessments, referrals, and psychotherapy services for pre-teens, teens, and emerging adults in the community. At the Counseling Center, our clients receive the upmost professional care from a licensed clinician who is culturally sensitive and trained to work with our clientele. We are a highly compassionate and thoughtful team who takes pride in meeting the individual needs of the clients. Additionally, we are paneled with select insurance companies and also provide a sliding scale option to make therapy affordable and attainable for our community.
Teachers, principals, rabbis, and other community leaders are often the first line of defense in identifying and combating social and emotional weaknesses. Madraigos partners with local schools to provide guidance and resources to administration and faculty on best practices in a variety of areas facing educators today. Community leaders, such as rabbis and organizational heads, receive training and guidance appropriate for their constituencies. Topics include: identifying substance abuse, promoting social/emotional literacy, legal aspects of mandated reporting and more. Additionally, school faculty can request targeted consultations at anytime to address acute issues that students may be experiencing.
Parent Support Group
When a child is engaged in risky behavior, the worry and heartache of the parents is tremendous. Additionally, they are often contending with emotions such as their own guilt and anxiety. The turmoil in their household can negatively affect the relationship between spouses and between them and their other children. The Parent Support Group allows these parents to share with others going through similar experiences and recognize that they are not alone. The group is a non-judgmental “community” of peers. The participants share ideas and strategies with each other and, through their mutual support, they share hope
Not every parenting challenge is a “crisis”, but oftentimes parents would like advice as to how to deal with a specific circumstance or incident in their child’s life. Parenting books and other resources abound, but there is no substitute for the individualized guidance of an experienced professional who keenly understands the situation. Our devoted and expert staff stands ready to counsel parents – over the phone or in person – about any issue confronting their family and help them find appropriate strategies and sustainable solutions.
Broad awareness and education for parents in our community is key to a healthy environment in which to raise emotionally strong and spiritually connected children. As our society changes ever more quickly, parents need to stay abreast of cultural developments and challenges that face our youth. Madraigos arranges for renowned and expert guest lecturers to present on a host of topics relevant to all parents in the community. These presentations are geared to educate, motivate and, ultimately, to empower parents to best support and facilitate their family’s growth.
Madraigos Youth Programs are designed to support and uplift teens and pre-teens through a variety of engaging activities.When children feel productive and energized they are motivated to act in a healthy way. These programs, from fitness related activities to trips to stimulating discussions, foster proper self-image and appropriate societal outlook in a safe and nurturing environment. In addition to their intrinsic social and emotional benefits, these programs are venues for participants to gain advice and encouragement from staff and, in some case, a portal to targeted mental/emotional services offered by the Madraigos clinical office.
- The Lounge
- Year Round Events
- Big Sibling Program
- After School Enrichment
- Summer Programs
Madraigos Midwest’s unique drop-in center, the Lounge, provides teens with a safe, fun and nurturing environment, under the supervision and guidance of Madraigos staff and social work interns. The Lounge is a destination for teens to come play, talk, eat and “chill” in a relaxed and non-judgmental atmosphere. Keeping teens off the streets and away from harmful activities is the main purpose of the Lounge, but it’s not the only benefit. Oftentimes, due to the warmth and acceptance they feel at the Lounge, participants will let down their guard and confide in Madraigos staff, leading them to getting the help they need. In short: the Lounge is a place where teens can be themselves and express themselves.
After School Enrichment
Madraigos Midwest provides an array of after school enrichment programming, most notably our basketball leagues. Many of our city’s youth participate, with over 150 weekly attendees between the separate boys and girls leagues. Not just a sports program, the participants have the opportunity to engage with the coaches to develop positive and healthy role models, as well as close relationships with participants from a variety of local schools. The league allows for learning important life skills such as teamwork, self-esteem, the importance of being active, healthy competition and discipline.
For teens the summer is a particularly challenging time. With much free time on their hands and few structured activities to occupy them, teens can drift into counterproductive and sometimes risky behaviors. Our separate gender summer program is designed to provide teens with healthy and stimulating activities to fill their time in safe, fun, growth-oriented ways.
Raising a child is a sacred task and an awesome responsibility. Parenting can be one of the most rewarding roles in adult life and, at times, present the most heartbreaking of challenges. While there is no “instruction manual” for our children, our Parent Support Center seeks to provide a complete resource for parents in areas of their children’s mental, emotional and social development and stability. Whether for a family in the throes of a crisis in desperate need of help or for parents looking to proactively equip themselves with knowledge and strategies – Madraigos stands ready to provide support and guidance.
- The Barry and Harriet Ray Steps to Healthy Living School Initiative
- School Workshops
- Teacher Training
- Special Programs
- Resource Library