Youth & Family Services
Location: 13 Scott Street, Naugatuck, CT 06770 Phone: (203) 720-5673
The Naugatuck Youth Services is one of the 3 oldest Youth Service Bureaus in the State of Connecticut. Youth Services began operations in July 1970.
Through a myriad of changes in focus, Naugatuck Youth Services has evolved into a highly recognized and well thought family therapy center.
All Clinical Staff are master-level marriage and family therapists. The theoretical foci of Salvadore Minuchin, Jay Haley, the Palazzoli group and the Mental Resea5rch Institute of Palo Alto are used primarily.
Referrals receive prompt attention and the referring source is considered an integral part of the therapeutic system. A flexible sliding scale brings treatment within the financial range of any client.
Why family therapy
There are two suggested reasons for treating all family members when one member is exhibiting symptoms. They are:
Often the person with the symptoms is servings some family function by experiencing the pathology. Perhaps he/she satisfies certain needs in the family relationships by assuming the scapegoat function or by providing focus for family discontent.
Often, when the distressed family member improves, other family members exhibit distress symptoms, or else the family unit finds itself facing dissolution.
This complex network of family relationships demands that specialized treatment oriented toward the interact ional process available.
Who can utilize Naugatuck Youth Services
Any individual, couple, family with children under 18 years.
Community Counseling Centers
Pupil Personnel Services
Mental Health Professional
When a family needs help
At times of crises:
Loss of support system
At transition points:
Chronic pain is present
School discipline problem
At development check-points
Adding family members
Living with adolescents
All of the above, and other situations can put the family under stress. The intervention of a trained family therapist can help to alleviate family pain quickly, safely and effectively.
Physical injury to spouse or children
Inability to enforce effective discipline
Frequent behavior and/or school problems with children
Unproductive and frequent arguing
Exceptional emotional distance on part of any family member
Stealing or shop-lifting
Eating disorders, too much, not enough, food fads, vomiting without a medical cause
Bedwetting beyond developmental limits
Unexplained behavior changes in any family member
Any reference to suicide
Lack of integration of any new family member, (baby, step parent, extended family member)
Assessment of family dynamics and functioning
Educative and therapeutic groups for parents and couples
Consultations on marital and family cases
Supervision and training of agency staff
Educational programs on family related topics or community organizations, agency staff, religious groups, educational systems
Director: Jane M. Lobdell, M.F.T
Assistant Director: Christina Koch Gamble, M.F.T.
Administrative Assistant: Celia Urbano
Naugatuck Youth Services is a non-profit organization and can accept donations and endowments.
Funded by: Naugatuck Taxpayers, SDE and DMHAS Grants.
Naugatuck Youth and Family Services Bureau Advisory Board
Chairperson: Dr. Geoffrey Drawbridge
Vice chairperson: Jane Walsh
Secretary: John Roman
Borough Board Liaison: Tammath Rossi
Police Liaison: Detective Larry Calhoun
Police Liaison: Detective Greg Dean, Jr.
Board of Education Liaison: Christina Link
Rev. Marston Price