behavioral health

Northern Children’s Services Behavioral Health Division includes highly skilled professional staff that shares a deep and steadfast commitment to improving child and youth well-being, particularly for low-income, medical assistance-eligible and vulnerable families.

The goal of this Division is to help children, youth and families achieve and maintain appropriate functioning, which will transfer to community, home, and the school environment. Children, youth and families gain the necessary skills through a wide range of therapeutic, structured activities that are provided in a stable, consistent, and interconnected service setting.

Outpatient Services

Ages: 5 to 21 years old

This program addresses the needs of children, youth and families, who are experiencing difficulties such as traumatic, academic, emotional, or social stress.

The outpatient program offers individual, family and group therapy depending on the needs of the child and youth. Participants will work together with a therapist to work towards overall well-being.

For more information about our Outpatient Services, please call 215-482-1423.

Drug and Alcohol Prevention & Early Intervention

Crossroads is intended to meet the needs of at-youth middle and high-school aged youth who are at-risk for drug and alcohol use and abuse.  Both groups and individual counseling is provided.  The program operates in schools, after-school programs, and community-based settings.  

For more information about our the program, please call 215-482-1423.

Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS)

Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) provide school, community, and home-based behavioral health services to support children with emotional or behavioral issues that make it difficult for them to function in a standard school setting.

Through individual counseling, group therapy, classroom support and behavior modification techniques, such as role modeling, redirection, coaching and conflict resolution, our caring IBHS staff help children recognize when they are escalating, control themselves and move to less intensive levels of care.

Northern Children’s Services currently provides Intensive Behavioral Health Services at 15 schools in the School District of Philadelphia, including
charter schools:

  1. Dr. Ethel Allen Promise Academy
  2. AMY Northwest
  3. Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School
  4. James Dobson Elementary School
  5. Tanner Duckrey Elementary School
  6. Eleanor C. Emlen Elementary School
  7. Green Woods Charter School
  8. Charles Henry Elementary School
  9. Henry Houston Elementary School
  10. Jenks Academy Arts & Sciences
  11. KIPP North Philadelphia Academy Charter
  12. Thomas Peirce Elementary School
  13. Rhodes Elementary School
  14. Shawmont School
  15. Richard Wright Elementary School

For more information about IBHS, please call 215-482-1423.

Wellness and Resiliency Program

Ages: 8 to 14 years old

This program offers intensive and individualized services that integrate therapeutic interventions and academic support, provided after-school during the academic year, and all day during the summer.

The majority of students referred for participation in the after-school and summer youth programs typically display behavioral challenges that manifest as multiple school suspensions, poor academic performance, impulsivity, and difficulty responding appropriately to school structure and authority figures. One of the primary objectives of Northern’s Wellness & Resiliency Program is to decrease behaviors that interfere with classroom learning and problem solving, and in doing so, improve educational outcomes.

The program offers:

  1. Individual therapy
  2. Family and group therapy skils
  3. Social skill development
  4. Homework help and tutoring

For more information about our Wellness and Resiliency Program, please call 215-482-1423.

Behavioral Health Success Story

I want to see all of our kids have the opportunity to have some success in their life but, along with that, you have to make good decisions too. There will always be steps forward and steps back in their life but they’ve learned to take responsibility for each step and that will always get them to the next step forward. They make me proud by doing their best, each day, in little ways.

Kevin Weber - Director of Recreation and Volunteerism