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Over the past 14 years Lighthouse Counseling and Family Resource Center has been providing counseling, case management, and educational classes to individuals and families that need extra help during difficult times. Our counselors are trained in depression and anxiety therapy, family attachment issues, child abuse and neglect prevention, trauma and other family related issues.  Lighthouse also provides a wide range of educational classes such as parenting and co-parenting, depression and anxiety, managing your emotions, budgeting, women’s empowerment, family wellness and employment readiness. Finally, our Resource Center provides clients with case management so that they receive the resources necessary to meet their ongoing needs. All of our services are offered at no cost to the client and are provided in both English and Spanish.  Altogether, we families heal!

Lighthouse offers all services in both English and Spanish. For additional information or to set up an Intake Appointment, please contact Lighthouse at (916) 645-3300.

EVIDENCE-BASED COUNSELING

Since 1996, Lighthouse Counseling and Family Resource Center has been providing free counseling services and educational classes in both English and Spanish for individuals and families living in Placer County. We also help families acquire the resources they need to be successful and happy.

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) – This therapy model is the most nationally recognized and research backed therapy model in existence. It targets a specific traumatic event that may be causing anxiety and/or depression for the identified person. While this model was originally developed for children, the Lighthouse has expanded its use to adolescents and adults.

Attachment Based Family Therapy (ABFT) – The premise of this therapy model is that when the dynamics in the relationships with each parent child dyad is treated, then the depression or presenting issue affecting the identified child will be significantly reduced.

Couples (with children) Counseling – This emotionally focused therapy is designed to help couples by strengthening their adult relationships by deescalating destructive cycles and by creating and integrating healthy interaction patterns. In turn, participants will increase their cooperative parenting skills, reduce postpartum symptoms and/or minimize domestic violence risk factors.

Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Counseling (PPD) – Postpartum Depression and Anxiety are more than just “the baby blues”. When sadness or worry does not go away on its own, a parent or family may need assistance with these more serious challenges.  These are two real and treatable problems. Each has a set of symptoms that can significantly affect a woman, a man and their family during pregnancy or any time after birth up through five years.

Domestic Violence Therapy – Lighthouse works with individuals, couples and their children in non-acute, non-active domestic violence situations. Domestic Violence Therapy helps victims transform into survivors and couples improve relational health by establishing a safety plan. The plan includes identifying maladaptive traits and how to deescalate potentially violent situations early. The survivors learn how to manage individual fear, depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and are taught empowerment tactics such as, setting boundaries and assertiveness skills.

Victims of Crime (VOC) – Lighthouse offers services to victims and witnesses of all types of crimes. Services include all that Lighthouse has to offer with a strong emphasis on case management and counseling to address trauma, depression and anxiety.

Differential Response (DR) – Lighthouse receives referrals from Child Protective Services to provide family maintenance or reunification services through family counseling, co-parenting counseling, and child trauma counseling. Child play, sand tray, and art therapy with children may also be utilized within the scope of DR.

Protective Factors – First 5 funds Lighthouse to help prevent child abuse and neglect for families with children ages 0-5 by building Protective Factors. Protective Factors counseling includes inspiring parental resilience, social connections, concrete support, knowledge of parenting and child development, and social/emotional competence of children. Child play, sand tray, and art therapy may also be utilized.

GROUP COUNSELING

Managing Your Emotions (MYE) Group participants focus on developing skills in distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.  The group is applied and interactive, using evidence-based Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) theory.  Each group is 12 weeks in duration, with 1.5 hour sessions.

Road to Wellness (RTW) RTW is designed for those experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, anger, sleep disorders, fatigue, guilt or other feelings affecting their mental health and well-being.  Road to Wellness groups are based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) theory and practice.  CBT is a form of treatment that focuses on examining the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors.  By exploring patterns of thinking that lead to self-destructive action and the beliefs that direct these thoughts, people with mental illness can modify their patterns of thinking to improve coping. Each group is 12 weeks in duration, with 1.5 hour sessions.

Women’s Empowerment (WE) WE is designed to help individuals gain self-esteem and develop a healthy lifestyle and support system through group sessions. It is an open-class, which allows participants to join/participate anytime throughout its course. It has a structured curriculum and at times guest speakers.

Teaching Pro-Social Skills (TPS) TPS is a ten week – three times per week – curriculum facilitated by our counselors at school sites. TPS helps children and adolescents improve their social skills, deal more effectively with anger management, and promote moral reasoning.

Child Care Support The Counseling Center provides on-site childcare to families in need while the caregivers are participating in our counseling services. The Counseling Center can likewise provide childcare reimbursement for any family and/or caregiver attending our educational support groups. Each family and/or caregiver can receive up to $20 per session for the 12-week series.

Our Family Resource Center staff helps families overcome social, economic and health care challenges by connecting them to new skills, resources, and opportunities to advance to the next level of self-sufficiency. All of our services are offered in English and Spanish.

Information & Referral – FRC staff provide clients with information and referrals to various community services including, but not limited to, housing, temporary shelter, drug or alcohol rehabilitation, transportation, playgroups, tutoring, legal assistance, education, and childcare resources.

Case Management – FRC staff provide advocacy, goal setting, and wellness recommendations to clients in need of support managing a difficult family situation. The majority of clients in need are referred to Lighthouse by social workers, probation officers or other community based organizations.

Family Wellness – This program provides participants the opportunity to develop leadership skills, family strengths and to work toward a stronger support system.  Upon completion of the program, families may receive financial support to supplement costs related to meeting wellness goals.

Parent Education – Lighthouse provides a 6-week series of parenting classes. We offer three modules of the Love & Logic curriculum targeting 1) families with children of all ages; 2) families with children five years of age and younger; 3) and Spanish speaking parents. This program is preventive in nature and its emphasis is on building healthy relationships.

Co-Parenting – Lighthouse provides Co-Parenting classes, which is often the first parenting class the court will mandate when couples are getting a divorce or partners are separating. These classes provide individuals with the tools to support children through this relationship change and to help individuals positively co-parent with an ex-spouse, or ex-partner. Divorcing or separating parents often benefit from this class by becoming better equipped to manage ongoing challenges. We offer the co-parenting classes to families with children five years of age and younger, in both English and Spanish.

Employment Readiness – We work with clients to help them develop their short and long-term employment goals. We discuss issues that may hinder them in finding suitable employment and determine how best to overcome those barriers. The clients are provided an email address from Placer County Business Advantage Network (BAN) so they can receive daily email notices of current job openings in Placer County. Lighthouse can also help in obtaining appropriate interview clothing. If the client needs help building or updating a resume, we provide access to Lighthouse computers, WinWay resume software, and helpful edits and formatting tips for a stronger competitive resume and cover letter. Staff will also explain how to “work” Job Fairs and the importance of developing their 30-second pitch statement. We work closely with local companies including two private placement “Temp” companies in order to help our clients locate temporary or permanent employment opportunities.

Financial Literacy – Through computer-based workshops FRC staff educate clients about budgeting, and debt and credit building best practices. We also collaborate with financial institutions if additional education regarding banking (checking, savings, and loans) is necessary.

CalFresh Information and Enrollment – We increase awareness of CalFresh benefits and educate the community about eligibility and utilization. Our FRC staff are trained by Placer County Human Services staff to collect and submit information necessary for client enrollment to county eligibility workers, and to advocate for recipients when confusion, frustration, or misinformation becomes barriers for obtaining benefits.

Women, Infants, and Children Referral (WIC) – FRC staff educate clients about WIC eligibility and benefits. We have an on-site WIC worker that helps pregnant women and children obtain services.

Diaper Bank – We educate our community about diaper needs, and support parents and children by supplementing their monthly supply of diapers for up to 90 days; and if deemed beneficial, educate parents about financial planning and the prevention of child neglect and abuse.

Child Passenger Safety – FRC staff are certified to train parents in safe transportation for children through education, research and advocacy, especially for those at risk, including rural non-English speaking and low-income community members. We partner with outside agencies to provide new and safe car seats to children five years of age and younger. Lighthouse also participates in community events to provide car seat inspections and safe installations.

Housing/Utility Assistance – We partner with other nonprofits by prescreening and referring clients in need of rent and utility assistance. Often our partner agencies determine final eligibility with a follow-up visit and the eventual disbursement of funds. Lighthouse at times has access to governmental or county funds to assist clients residing in Placer County. FRC staff prescreen clients and determine final eligibility before disbursing funds directly to landlords and/or utility providers.

Seasonal Assistance – During special times of the year, i.e. back to school, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, supplemental support is offered to our current counseling and case management clients.

Vision Assistance Referral – We partner with Lions Clubs to prescreen adult clients in need of eye exams and prescription glasses. After the client has been approved for services, we assist clients with follow-up.

Differential Response (DR) – We partner with Placer County Child Protective Services to assist in engaging families in obtaining needed services following allegations of child abuse and/or neglect. There are three levels or paths based on the severity of the allegations.
Path One: Families are contacted by FRC staff offering voluntary involvement with our services.
Path Two: Families receive a joint visitation with FRC staff and a CPS County Worker. As the CPS worker is conducting their investigation, the FRC/DR staff member offers support to the family that may be in need of specific services, information and/or referrals.
Path Three: The child is removed from the home and placed in protective custody.

Multi-Disciplinary Interview Center (MDIC) – We partner with the Placer County District Attorney’s Multi-Disciplinary Interview Center to participate in the interview of children that may be victims of maltreatment. We provide assistance to the family and victim(s) based on the types of support needed and/or requested including, but not limited to, victim witness advocacy, therapeutic services and case management.

Supervised Visitation Vouchers – Lighthouse provides financial assistance in the form of a voucher for families with children five and younger involved in Placer County family court. Parents need to show proof of the mandate (or suggestion) to complete the class and/or service as directed by the court, mediator, Child Protection Services, or Adult/Children System of Care. A voucher is issued to the family who in turn submits it to the provider in exchange for services.

Outreach – Staff at Lighthouse often participate at various community resource fairs, parent meetings, other non-profit agencies’ staff trainings, foster youth resource events, health fairs, and farmer’s markets. Staff will at times visit affordable housing units in Lincoln, Rocklin, and Roseville to promote the services Lighthouse provides to the residents of Placer County. We also explain how Lighthouse can help with the application process with Cal-Fresh and WIC.

Home Visitation Program – Our evidence-based home visitation model Parents as Teachers (PAT) coupled with Parents as Teachers (PAT) curriculum helps families access care that otherwise may not be accessible due to poor health, a lack of childcare, or transportation. Our home visitation program includes in-home visits that look to identify child abuse and neglect within the home, domestic violence, alcohol and/or drug abuse. If discovered, staff will make appropriate referrals. Overall, our in-home visitation program provides education, an increased overall resource awareness, and needed referrals. Visits may also address the following:

  • Differential Response (Path 1 & Path 2) potential child abuse and neglect cases
  • Maternal and Child Health Concerns
  • Parenting and Childcare Concerns
  • Home Safety and Health Risk Factors
  • Transportation Needs

Early Childhood Disability Assessments – Lighthouse will assist with identifying children who may be experiencing a delay in development or particular disability. An assessment will help determine the individual child’s present level of performance and early intervention or educational needs before reaching school age.

Early Childhood Literacy Information and Referrals – Early reading can positively affect children’s language and literacy learning throughout their life. Parents can help their child develop needed literacy skills by attending reading sessions where volunteers read to young children in English and Spanish. A Lighthouse representative can provide parents or legal guardians with reading locations, dates and times.

Oral Care Information and Referrals – Tooth decay remains a significant problem with young children frequently made worse by barriers that prevent them from obtaining proper dental care. Lighthouse staff can play an important role in helping children and their families gain access to educational materials as well as dental care. Staff make referrals to dentists that will conduct a preliminary assessment and, under certain circumstances, treat the young child free of charge.

Childhood Immunization Education and Referrals – All children under eighteen years of age that enter a California public or private elementary or secondary school for the first time, or that simply transfer between schools, must present a written immunization record that includes at least the month and year of receipt of each dose of required vaccines (or an exemption to the immunization requirements). Without this documentation, the child will not be allowed to attend school. Lighthouse staff provides information regarding the new immunization law as well as a list of locations where children can receive vaccinations.

LIGHTHOUSE COUNSELING AND FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER

LIST OF PROGRAMS

We Help Families Heal!

OUR MISSION
Our mission is to strengthen families and improve the physical and emotional well-being of residents of Placer County by providing counseling, education, and easy access to community based resources.

OUR VISION
At Lighthouse, we envision a community with resources for every resident, an economy that provides jobs and opportunities for every individual, and a regional quality of life that allows everyone to pursue their dreams, thrive and give back.

OUR PURPOSE
Lighthouse Counseling and Family Resource Center exists to build the health and vitality of individuals and families for a strong community.

EVIDENCE-BASED COUNSELING

Since 1996, Lighthouse Counseling and Family Resource Center has been providing free counseling services and educational classes in both English and Spanish for individuals and families living in Placer County. We also help families acquire the resources they need to be successful and happy.

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) – This therapy model is the most nationally recognized and research backed therapy model in existence. It targets a specific traumatic event that may be causing anxiety and/or depression for the identified person. While this model was originally developed for children, the Lighthouse has expanded its use to adolescents and adults.

Attachment Based Family Therapy (ABFT) – The premise of this therapy model is that when the dynamics in the relationships with each parent child dyad is treated, then the depression or presenting issue affecting the identified child will be significantly reduced.

Couples (with children) Counseling – This emotionally focused therapy is designed to help couples by strengthening their adult relationships by deescalating destructive cycles and by creating and integrating healthy interaction patterns. In turn, participants will increase their cooperative parenting skills, reduce postpartum symptoms and/or minimize domestic violence risk factors.

Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Counseling (PPD) – Postpartum Depression and Anxiety are more than just “the baby blues”. When sadness or worry does not go away on its own, a parent or family may need assistance with these more serious challenges.  These are two real and treatable problems. Each has a set of symptoms that can significantly affect a woman, a man and their family during pregnancy or any time after birth up through five years.

Domestic Violence Therapy – Lighthouse works with individuals, couples and their children in non-acute, non-active domestic violence situations. Domestic Violence Therapy helps victims transform into survivors and couples improve relational health by establishing a safety plan. The plan includes identifying maladaptive traits and how to deescalate potentially violent situations early. The survivors learn how to manage individual fear, depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and are taught empowerment tactics such as, setting boundaries and assertiveness skills.

Victims of Crime (VOC) – Lighthouse offers services to victims and witnesses of all types of crimes. Services include all that Lighthouse has to offer with a strong emphasis on case management and counseling to address trauma, depression and anxiety.

Differential Response (DR) – Lighthouse receives referrals from Child Protective Services to provide family maintenance or reunification services through family counseling, co-parenting counseling, and child trauma counseling. Child play, sand tray, and art therapy with children may also be utilized within the scope of DR.

Protective Factors – First 5 funds Lighthouse to help prevent child abuse and neglect for families with children ages 0-5 by building Protective Factors. Protective Factors counseling includes inspiring parental resilience, social connections, concrete support, knowledge of parenting and child development, and social/emotional competence of children. Child play, sand tray, and art therapy may also be utilized.

THERAPEUTIC GROUP CLASSES

Managing Your Emotions (MYE) – MYE group participants focus on developing skills in distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. The group is applied and interactive, using evidence-based Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Each group is 12 weeks in duration, with 1.5-hour sessions.

Road to Wellness (RTW) – RTW is designed for adults and teens experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, anger, sleep disorders, fatigue, guilt or other feelings affecting their mental health and well-being. Road to Wellness groups are based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which helps individuals explore patterns of thinking that lead to self-destructive actions. Additionally, individuals learn to modify their patterns of thinking to improve their coping skills. Each group is 12 weeks in duration, with 1.5-hour sessions.

Women’s Empowerment (WE) – WE is designed to help individuals gain self-esteem and develop a healthy lifestyle and support system through group sessions. It is an open-class which allows participants to join/participate anytime throughout its course. It has a structured curriculum and at times guest speakers.

Teaching Pro-Social Skills (TPS) – TPS is a ten week – two times per week – curriculum facilitated by our counselors at school sites. TPS helps children and adolescents improve their social skills, cope more effectively with anger management, and promote moral reasoning.

EDUCATIONAL CLASSES

Family Wellness – This program provides participants the opportunity to develop leadership skills, family strengths and to work toward a stronger support system.  Upon completion of the program, families may receive financial support to supplement costs related to meeting wellness goals.

Parent Education – Lighthouse provides a 6-week series of parenting classes. We offer three modules of the Love & Logic curriculum targeting 1) families with children of all ages; 2) families with children five years of age and younger; 3) and Spanish speaking parents. This program is preventive in nature and its emphasis is on building healthy relationships.

Co-Parenting – Lighthouse provides Co-Parenting classes, which is often the first parenting class the court will mandate when couples are getting a divorce or partners are separating. These classes provide individuals with the tools to support children through this relationship change and to help individuals positively co-parent with an ex-spouse, or ex-partner. Divorcing or separating parents often benefit from this class by becoming better equipped to manage ongoing challenges. We offer the co-parenting classes to families with children five years of age and younger, in both English and Spanish.

Employment Readiness – We work with clients to help them develop their short and long-term employment goals. We discuss issues that may hinder them in finding suitable employment and determine how best to overcome those barriers. The clients are provided an email address from Placer County Business Advantage Network (BAN) so they can receive daily email notices of current job openings in Placer County. Lighthouse can also help in obtaining appropriate interview clothing. If the client needs help building or updating a resume, we provide access to Lighthouse computers, WinWay resume software, and helpful edits and formatting tips for a stronger competitive resume and cover letter. Staff will also explain how to “work” Job Fairs and the importance of developing their 30-second pitch statement. We work closely with local companies including two private placement “Temp” companies in order to help our clients locate temporary or permanent employment opportunities.

Financial Literacy – Through computer-based workshops FRC staff educate clients about budgeting, and debt and credit building best practices. We also collaborate with financial institutions if additional education regarding banking (checking, savings, and loans) is necessary.

FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER (FRC)

Our Family Resource Center staff help families overcome social, economic and health care challenges by connecting them to new skills, resources, and opportunities to advance to the next level of self-sufficiency. All of our services are offered in English and Spanish.

Information & Referral – FRC staff provide clients with information and referrals to various community services including, but not limited to, housing, temporary shelter, drug or alcohol rehabilitation, transportation, play groups, tutoring, legal assistance, education, and childcare resources.

Case Management – FRC staff provide advocacy, goal setting, and wellness recommendations to clients in need of support managing a difficult family situation. The majority of clients in need are referred to Lighthouse by social workers, probation officers or other community based organizations.

CalFresh Information and Enrollment – We increase awareness of CalFresh benefits and educate the community about eligibility and utilization. Our FRC staff are trained by Placer County Human Services staff to collect and submit information necessary for client enrollment to county eligibility workers, and to advocate for recipients when confusion, frustration, or misinformation becomes barriers for obtaining benefits.

Women, Infants, and Children Referral (WIC) – FRC staff educate clients about WIC eligibility and benefits. We have an on-site WIC worker that helps pregnant women and children obtain services.

Diaper Bank – We educate our community about diaper needs, and support parents and children by supplementing their monthly supply of diapers for up to 90 days; and if deemed beneficial, educate parents about financial planning and the prevention of child neglect and abuse.

Child Passenger Safety – FRC staff are certified to train parents in safe transportation for children through education, research and advocacy, especially for those at risk, including rural non-English speaking and low-income community members. We partner with outside agencies to provide new and safe car seats to children five years of age and younger. Lighthouse also participates in community events to provide car seat inspections and safe installations.

Housing/Utility Assistance – We partner with other nonprofits by prescreening and referring clients in need of rent and utility assistance. Often our partner agencies determine final eligibility with a follow-up visit and the eventual disbursement of funds. Lighthouse at times has access to governmental or county funds to assist clients residing in Placer County. FRC staff prescreen clients and determine final eligibility before disbursing funds directly to landlords and/or utility providers.

Seasonal Assistance – During special times of the year, i.e. back to school, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, supplemental support is offered to our current counseling and case management clients.

Vision Assistance Referral – We partner with Lions Clubs to prescreen adult clients in need of eye exams and prescription glasses. After the client has been approved for services, we assist clients with follow-up.

Differential Response (DR) – We partner with Placer County Child Protective Services to assist in engaging families in obtaining needed services following allegations of child abuse and/or neglect. There are three levels or paths based on the severity of the allegations.

Path One: Families are contacted by FRC staff offering voluntary involvement with our services.
Path Two: Families receive a joint visitation with FRC staff and a CPS County Worker. As the CPS worker is conducting their investigation, the FRC/DR staff member offers support to the family that may be in need of specific services, information and/or referrals.
Path Three: The child is removed from the home and placed in protective custody.

Multi-Disciplinary Interview Center (MDIC) – We partner with the Placer County District Attorney’s Multi-Disciplinary Interview Center to participate in the interview of children that may be victims of maltreatment. We provide assistance to the family and victim(s) based on the types of support needed and/or requested including, but not limited to, victim witness advocacy, therapeutic services and case management.

Supervised Visitation Vouchers – Lighthouse provides financial assistance in the form of a voucher for families with children five and younger involved in Placer County family court. Parents need to show proof of the mandate (or suggestion) to complete the class and/or service as directed by the court, mediator, Child Protection Services, or Adult/Children System of Care. A voucher is issued to the family who in turn submits it to the provider in exchange for services.

Outreach – Staff at Lighthouse often participate at various community resource fairs, parent meetings, other non-profit agencies’ staff trainings, foster youth resource events, health fairs, and farmers markets. Staff will at times visit affordable housing units in Lincoln, Rocklin, and Roseville to promote the services Lighthouse provides to the residents of Placer County. We also explain how Lighthouse can help with the application process with Cal-Fresh, Medi-Cal, and WIC.

Home Visitation Program – Our evidence-based home visitation model Parents as Teachers (PAT) coupled with Parents as Teachers (PAT) curriculum helps families access care that otherwise may not be accessible due to poor health, a lack of childcare, or transportation. Our home visitation program includes in-home visits that look to identify child abuse and neglect within the home, domestic violence, alcohol and/or drug abuse. If discovered, staff will make appropriate referrals. Overall, our in-home visitation program provides education, an increased overall resource awareness, and needed referrals. Visits may also address the following:

  • Differential Response (Path 1 & Path 2) potential child abuse and neglect cases
  • Maternal and Child Health Concerns
  • Parenting and Childcare Concerns
  • Home Safety and Health Risk Factors
  • Transportation Needs

Early Childhood Disability Assessments – Lighthouse will assist with identifying children who may be experiencing a delay in development or particular disability. An assessment will help determine the individual child’s present level of performance and early intervention or educational needs before reaching school age.

Early Childhood Literacy Information and Referrals – Early reading can positively affect children’s language and literacy learning throughout their life. Parents can help their child develop needed literacy skills by attending reading sessions where volunteers read to young children in English and Spanish. A Lighthouse representative can provide parents or legal guardians with reading locations, dates and times.

Oral Care Information and Referrals – Tooth decay remains a significant problem with young children frequently made worse by barriers that prevent them from obtaining proper dental care. Lighthouse staff can play an important role in helping children and their families gain access to educational materials as well as dental care. Staff make referrals to dentists that will conduct a preliminary assessment and, under certain circumstances, treat the young child free of charge.

Childhood Immunization Education and Referrals – All children under eighteen years of age that enter a California public or private elementary or secondary school for the first time, or that simply transfer between schools, must present a written immunization record that includes at least the month and year of receipt of each dose of required vaccines (or an exemption to the immunization requirements).

Without this documentation, the child will not be allowed to attend school. Lighthouse staff provides information regarding the new immunization law as well as a list of locations where children can receive vaccinations.

Lighthouse offers all services in both English and Spanish. For additional information or to set up an Intake Appointment, please contact Lighthouse at (916) 645-3300.