Asian Outreach Program

The Asian Outreach Program (AOP) consists of two sites–one in Elmhurst and one in Flushing– led by clinic administrator Seline Bearman. 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 the therapists have experienced the trauma of immigration. As new immigrants themselves, they are steeped in the culture and language of their clients. The AOP at The Child Center serves the most ethnically diverse Asian community in the entire nation. Last year, we worked with more than 1,400 adults and children from more than a dozen countries.

Positive word-of-mouth has spread in Elmhurst and Flushing, the two hubs of Asian population where AOP is located. Over the course of its nearly 20 years in operation, the clinics have brought education and healing to new immigrants stressed by the need to adjust to new customs, language and economic circumstances, as well as families suffering from isolation. They bring understanding to culture clashes between Asian-born parents and American-born children. They ease the sense that problems have to be kept hidden from “outsiders”… that treatment will somehow have an adverse impact on a family’s reputation.

  • 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

Asian Outreach Program in Elmhurst
Hank Auffarth Family Center
81-14 Queens Boulevard
Elmhurst, NY 11373
Phone: 718-899-9810 ext. 200
Fax: 718-899-9699

  • Project Director: Reshma Shah reshmashah@childcenterny.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 Chinese, Filipino, Korean and South Asian 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: Bengali, Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Marathi, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu
  • Public Transportation: Subway—R or V to Grand Avenue, Buses— Q53, Q58 and Q60

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Asian Outreach Program in Flushing
140-15B Sanford Avenue
Flushing, NY 11355
Phone: 718-358-8288
Fax: 718-358-5265

  • Clinic Administrator: Seline Bearman selinebearman@childcenterny.org
  • 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 Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, Bengali, 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, Taiwanese and Urdu
  • Public Transportation: Subway—#7, Buses—Q17,Q27

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