Services We Offer
Professional counselors are available to discuss feelings and emotions with families and help them set and reach their goals through the decision making process.Group counseling is also available whereby individuals sharing the same concerns can benefit from the support of the group.
Counselors are on call 24 hours a day to assist in serious crisis situations.To reach one of our counselors, contact the agency and a number for on-call staff will be provided.
Community At Risk Services
Community At Risk Services (C.A.R.S.) program is aimed at assisting the Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA)with at-risk youth and their families.By providing services that positively reduce the risk level of identified youth to develop a supportive learning system for both youth and parents.Services offered include case management, individual or family counseling services and the promotion of educational advocacy when needed.C.A.R.S. is also available to youth that are exiting a placement facility to facilitate a successful reintegration into a community placement.The Office of Juvenile Affairs provides referrals for this program.
Community Education Services
Okmulgee-Okfuskee County Youth Services is aware that the Character Counts! curriculum is an essential character-building curriculum that promotes the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, fairness, caring and citizenship. This program will continue for students in Pre-K through 2nd grades as the building block for our other prevention education services. It is our belief that all students can benefit from this character education curriculum. The teachers and students also enjoy and look forward to this curriculum. We intend to increase the number of parent handouts in attempt to increase parental involvement and to encourage parental reporting as to the effectiveness of the curriculum.
The PATHS curriculum will be offered to students in the 3rd through 5th grades. The PATHS program is designed to help elementary-age children:
· Increase self-control
· Choose effective conflict-resolution strategies
· Reject aggressive responses to frustrating situations
· Improve problem-solving skills.
The PATHS curriculum has been shown to significantly improve children's social, emotional, and cognitive skills. Social and emotional competence is a master skill that underlies both effective behavior and academic success. Research-based and proven effective, the PATHS program teaches children how to change behaviors and attitudes that contribute to violence and bullying, how to express and control their emotions, and how to develop effective conflict-resolution strategies.
The LifeSkills Training curriculum will be offered to students in the 6th through 8th grade. The LifeSkills Training program is a proven, highly effective, substance abuse prevention/competency enhancement program designed to focus on the major social and psychological factors promoting substance use and/or abuse. The curriculum is based on the premise that there are multiple pathways leading to tobacco, alcohol and drug use. The curriculum places emphasis on teaching the students how to recognize social risk factors that may make them vulnerable. These social risk factors include but are not limited to peer pressure, low self-esteem, anxiety and media influence.
The LifeSkills Training curriculum is designed to help middle school students:
· Necessary skills to resist social (peer) pressures to smoke, drink and use drugs
· Develop greater self-esteem, self mastery and self-confidence
· Effectively cope with social anxiety
· Increase their knowledge of the immediate consequences of substance abuse
At the completion of this program students will be able to demonstrate effective communication skills, techniques for coping with anxiety and skills for developing successful relationships. The students will also be able to identify the myths and misconceptions about alcohol, marijuana and tobacco use. In addition, students will be better able to determine how self-image is formed, how it relates to their behavior and how it may be improved.