Asian Outreach Program
With highly trained bilingual and bicultural therapists, The Child Center of NY’s Asian Outreach Program breaks down language barriers and stigma to reach Asian children and families with mental health and substance abuse services. The AOP’s approach is culturally nuanced and based on education and outreach that eases the stigma still surrounding mental health and substance abuse treatment in traditional Asian cultures. All of our therapists have experienced the trauma of immigration themselves and are steeped in the culture and language of their clients.
Positive word-of-mouth has spread in Elmhurst and Flushing, two hubs of Asian population where our clinics are located. Last year alone, we worked with over 1,400 adults and children from more than a dozen countries. In our nearly 25 years in operation, the clinics have brought education and healing to many thousands of new immigrants stressed by the need to adjust to new customs, language, and economic circumstances, as well as families suffering from isolation. They also bring understanding to culture clashes between Asian-born parents and American-born children. For all of our clients, we help ease the sense that problems have to be kept hidden from “outsiders” and that treatment will have an adverse impact on a family’s reputation.
The services that AOP provides include:
- Treatment of mental illness utilizing many approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy, psychopharmacology, substance abuse treatment, and play therapy
- Child abuse and neglect prevention
- Domestic violence counseling
- Parent education workshops and outreach
- Family-oriented academic enrichment
- Counseling at many public schools
In 2015, 84 percent of children who received treatment met or partially met one or more goals and, on average, had a 7-point decrease on risk factors as measured by the Pediatric Symptom Checklist. Foster care placement was prevented for 100% of program participants.
Asian Outreach Program Clinics
- Program Director: Cho-Yung (Cathy) Wu, LCSW-R, RPT-S firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hours: Monday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday—Thursday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Services provided: Multi-lingual and multicultural counseling for mental health issues and substance abuse for Arabic, Chinese, Filipino, Korean, South Asian, Spanish, and English-speaking families.
- Special Services: Single Stop
- Ages accepted: Newborn-21, and adults
- Admission criteria: One member of family must have a mental health or substance abuse diagnosis. Individuals with intellectual disabilities or an autism diagnosis are not eligible for this program.
- Languages spoken: Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Marathi, Spanish, Urdu
- Public Transportation: Subway—R or V to Grand Avenue, Buses— Q53, Q58 and Q60
- Senior Program Director: Reshma Shah email@example.com
- Hours: Monday—Thursday: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Services provided: Multi-lingual and multicultural counseling for domestic violence, substance abuse and other mental health issues for Bengali, Cantonese, Mandarin, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Marathi, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu speaking families.
- Special Services: Single Stop
- Ages accepted: Newborn-21 and adults
- Admission criteria: One member of family must have a mental health or substance abuse diagnoses. Individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism diagnosis are not eligible for this program.
- Languages spoken: Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), English, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Marathi, Spanish, Tagalog, Taiwanese, and Urdu
- Public Transportation: Subway—#7, Buses—Q17, Q27
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