Youth and Family Services
United Counseling Service provides a system of care for children, youth and families to build positive family dynamics, personal self-esteem, and vital social skills. We provide an extensive array of home and community based services to children and adolescents. Youth and Family Services (YFS) offers support and safe community environments that promote growth, development, physical and mental health and foster positive relationships.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bennington County
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) helps children reach their potential through mentor supported, one to one relationships. We envision a successful mentoring relationship for all children who need and want one, contributing to brighter futures, a better school experience and strong communities for all. BBBS matches children, ages 5 to 14, in need of an adult friend with a carefully screened adult volunteer. The program is prevention oriented with long-term goals and commitments. The children selected for a mentor are those in need of focused attention who may not ordinarily receive it, and would benefit from having a positive role model for life skills and interpersonal relationships.
For a few hours, a couple times a month, you can give the invaluable gift of friendship. We also offer an elementary lunch time program. You have an opportunity to impact a child’s life and transform their potential.
Early Childhood Mental Health Partnership
Early Childhood Mental Health is part of the Children’s Integrated Services (CIS). CIS provides support, mental health counseling, psycho-education and case management to children under the age of 6 and their families. CIS also provides consultation and education to childcare providers.
Family Emergency Services
Family Emergency Services (FES) provides any family or caregiver in Bennington County who needs help to deal with a youth-related crisis. FES provides a 24 hour crisis hotline, outreach, referral for intensive, family-based services, runaway and homeless youth services, consultation to schools and the community for individual and system-wide crisis planning. FES is the Crisis Response and Stabilization Team for youth and families in Bennington County. Crisis workers are on call for home visits weekdays from 8:00am to 8:00pm.
For help with youth related crisis call 802-442-1700 or 1-800-360-6621.
Family Outreach Services
Our Family Outreach Program (FOP) provides counseling and case management to families who have not been able to work in an outpatient model or who require a community-based approach. Services provided are individualized, strength-based, and child and family centered and are facilitated by a treatment team with active participation of the clients.
Jump on Board for Success
Jump on Board for Success (J.O.B.S.) works with youth ages 15 to 22, to develop positive work ethics, team work skills, help with job and career exploration and development, prepare for job interviews by assisting in developing resumes and cover letters. J.O.B.S. also works with community partners to maintain a supportive work environment with community and youth.
School Based Clinicians services and Behavior Interventionist services are contracted through local schools throughout Bennington County. The program supports student participation in regular classroom learning by providing emotional and behavioral support in coordination with school personnel. School Based Clinician services include, but are not limited to:
- Service planning and assessment
- Collateral contacts
- Daily living skills training
- Individual and group therapy
- Social and coping skills development
- Crisis response
- Family Support
- Health and wellness
Teens 4 Change
Teens 4 Change is a young adult group that meets weekly, volunteers in the community and hosts leadership events for their peers. They work to support the young adult voice through leadership and empowerment.
To learn more about Teens 4 Change contact Yolanda Palmer at YPalmer@ucsvt.org.
Therapeutic Case Management
Therapeutic Case Management provides community Trauma-informed services for youth at risk and families in Bennington County. The program is open for at risk youth between the ages of 0 to 22. Case management offers coordination of services to youth and families in the community, parent education and support, individual, family and group community support, training for community partners and team members, advocacy for youth, school education and consultation.
Our Transitional Living Program is designed to teach youth ages 16 to 21 basic independent living skills and to help them work toward living independently.
Youth Outreach Program
The Youth Outreach Program (YOP) supports at risk young adults ages 14 through 21 with transition to adulthood. The goal of the program is to promote positive mental well-being by making sure young adults have enough preparation and solid support systems in place as they transition out of their teenage years. Our goal is that all transition age young adults feel connected to their community and have the support necessary to identify and achieve their personal goals.
For more information on any of our services or to schedule an appointment, contact UCS and ask for Youth and Family Services.
UCS — Bennington
314 Dewey Street
Bennington, VT 05201
UCS — Manchester
Stephen C. Lundy Building
5312 Main Street
Manchester, VT 05255
“There’s a lot of kids in need of good role models here. ..People don’t realize it’s not that much time – an hour per week and it means so much to the kids.”
Kasia Sosnow, BBBS Mentor