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About Us

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The Child Center is a non-profit human services agency that has been offering a continuum of psychiatric, therapeutic, and special education programs throughout Lane County since 1971 and in Central Oregon since 2011.

The Child Center’s Main Campus is located at 3995 Marcola Road in Springfield, Oregon. Mental health services are now also offered in Central Oregon. The Child Center’s outpatient counseling for children and adults is available at our Bend, Oregon office at located at 63034 OB Riley Road, phone (541) 728-0062 or (541) 510-4578.

Our services for children with emotional and mental health challenges include Mental Health Assessments, Outpatient Counseling, Intensive Treatment Services (Day Treatment), Intensive Outpatient Services and Supports (Outpatient and School Based Day Treatment), Community Library of mental health resources, 24/7 Crisis Response, Applied Behavior Analysis Autism Program, Collaborative Problem Solving parenting classes, and Wellness and Community Health. We are currently developing our new Wellness Center for our Lane County and Central Oregon programs.

History

We serve children who have mental health disorders and issues including trauma; emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse; Bi-Polar Disorder; loss of a parent; Attachment Disorder; psychotic disorders; depression; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; thoughts of or suicide attempts; aggressive and explosive behaviors; low self-esteem; and autism. When a child receive services, their family is also involved in family therapy.

The Child Center’s first location was 18th and Alder by the University of Oregon, and served six children in Day Treatment and about a dozen in Psychiatric Day Treatment. We now have 115 full and part time employees, and served 1,737 children and their families in 2017.

 

Mission Statement & Philosophy

Our Mission is to provide individualized, diagnostic, therapeutic, and educational services for the emotional and behavioral problems children exhibit in the home, school and community; provide integrated community based psychiatric and support services that are child centered, family driven and culturally competent; to advocate for preventative and educational services from community resources and to promote and/or develop other specialized services for children with serious mental, emotional and behavioral disorders and their families

Our Vision is that children will have a future that is bright and full of hope.

Our Purpose is to create a lifetime of understanding and hope with children and families.

Our Philosophy is based on equality and engagement with the children and families we serve. The Child Center is a family-based service organization. Family involvement, as equal partners, is the very foundation of all treatment services we provide. Our experience of serving children since 1971 has shown us that treatment is more effective when the entire family is involved in learning more about the problems they are facing and are a part of finding solutions based on the strengths of their family. Families in all of our programs participate in family therapy. Parent training and education classes are also available. Parents are involved in determining what treatment goals are priorities for them in family therapy and in their child’s treatment.

The Child Center’s primary orientation is based on the Family System’s Model. We have successfully incorporated Collaborative Problem Solving model, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Structural, Strategic, Contextual, Rational Emotive, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Psychodynamic and Behavioral child and parent interventions in a Brief therapy model.

The Child Center’s primary orientation is based on the Family System’s Model. We have successfully incorporated Collaborative Problem Solving model, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Structural, Strategic, Contextual, Rational Emotive, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Psychodynamic and Behavioral child and parent interventions in a Brief therapy model.