Homes for Kids adds therapy rooms

NILES — Homes For Kids / Child and Family Solutions recently received a $4,500 grant from the GPD Group Employees’ Foundation that funded the creation of two therapy rooms to benefit clients of the agency.

The public had the opportunity to see the new rooms at an open house last week.

Heather Craver, mental health director for Homes for Kids, said the two new therapy rooms will be used for behavioral health assessments, counseling and treatment for children who have a behavioral health diagnosis.

The specialized areas of treatment include eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, or bilateral stimulation, and other evidenced-based approaches will be used.

Craver said 10 of the employees are master’s level therapists trained in evidenced-based clinical approaches including trauma informed care treatment approaches. The individuals can handle specific trauma types of therapy.

“We are seeing more and more clients who have had traumatic experiences in their lives. The two rooms will help us bring more therapy equipment in,” Craver said.

”The rooms were painted to be warm and inviting with muted colors. Not too bright,” she said.

Homes For Kids specializes in treatment foster care and home-based behavioral health treatment.

Matt Kresic, CEO of Homes For Kids, said, “We wanted to create a therapeutic environment that can meet the special needs of the at-risk youth that we serve. The therapy room itself plays an important role as it become the physical “holding environment” where the clinician conveys to the patient that they are safe to explore those areas within themselves that are threatening or causing distress.”

Kresic said 600 children annually will utilize the kid-friendly rooms.

He said the agency is in the process of becoming a trauma-informed care certified agency and creating the therapy rooms will help accomplish that goal.

“We are very grateful for the generosity of the GPD Group Employees’ Foundation for allowing us to improve the quality of care offered to the children and families in the Mahoning Valley,” Kresic said.

Chris Tolnar, director of public works for the GPD Group, said the foundation finds ways to help in the community and wanted to assist Homes for Kids with their needs.

GPD Group provides architecture, engineering, planning and construction services to public and private sector clients throughout Ohio.