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posted: 4/18/2014 6:01 AM

TriCity Family Services: A local mental health resource

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By Courtney Laverty
Development Manager
TriCity Family Services

TriCity Family Services (TCFS) is a leader in providing counseling and other mental health services for children and teens, their families, and community members across all income levels and life stages.

One of Kane County's long-standing nonprofit organizations, TCFS is dedicated to strengthening people and building community.

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Serving the community since 1967, its experienced mental health professionals know and understand the special needs of children and teens. Clinicians specialize in family-centered counseling, helping children and their parents with issues such as conflict with other family members, problems interacting with peers, parenting difficulties, disruptive behavior, and anxiety.

Clinicians also help adults and couples address issues such as stress, depression, grief, marital discord, divorce, communication problems, and anger management.

In addition to its popular counseling service, TCFS recognizes that prevention and early intervention programs are critical to achieving mental health. The agency offers several group programs designed to promote individual and family wellness.

Examples include its popular Wilderness Challenge Program for teens at risk of a difficult transition to high school; the Chick Chat program that helps fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade girls develop a strong sense of self; its Teen Girls Retreat; Smart Choices anger management program for youths, and a support group for single moms. For a complete list of available programs, visit tricityfamilyservices.org.

One of the organization's newest programs helps children, teens, and young adults who are struggling with an eating disorder. The Family-Based Treatment program is a family-centered, outpatient approach that recognizes parents and caregivers are the best resource for their child's recovery. In fact, there is strong evidence that participation from parents and caregivers is fundamental to a successful recovery.

The program provides a caring and supportive environment for clients and their families. It empowers parents to take an active role in resolving their child's disordered eating and restoring weight to a healthy range. This program helps families dealing with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and disordered eating.

Organizations can also benefit from a partnership with TCFS. Many local businesses and municipal governments take advantage of the agency's Employee Assistance Program which offers assistance to employees and their family members who are experiencing personal or work-related issues. TCFS counselors help resolve those issues so employees can achieve balance at home as well as at work.

Integral to TriCity Family Service's mission is its commitment to provide high quality, yet affordable care. Many members of our community are uninsured or underinsured. By operating under a sliding-fee scale, and offering scholarships for its group programs, TCFS ensures that no one is ever denied services based on an inability to pay.

The money raised through the organization's fundraising efforts ensures that its services remain accessible to those in need. Last year, more than 4,000 people turned to TCFS to help create positive change within their lives.

To learn more about the services provided by TCFS, or to make a donation, visit tricityfamilyservices.org or call (630) 232-1070.

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