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Over the past 10 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 child abuse and neglect prevention, attachment therapy, Family Wellness, depression and anxiety, trauma and other family related issues.  Our Resource Center provides clients with case management so that they receive the resources necessary to meet their ongoing needs. Finally, we provide a wide range of classes such as positive parenting, depression and anxiety, anger management, budgeting, women’s empowerment, suicide prevention, family wellness and employment readiness. All of our services are offered at no cost to the client and are provided in both English and Spanish.  Altogether, we provide hope, health, and healing to people in need.

Lighthouse has English and Spanish speaking counselors that specialize in individual, couples, and group counseling and are trained in various modalities including depression and anxiety, maternal depression, couples counseling, and more.

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral (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 adults.

Maternal Depression Postpartum Depression 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 until five years.

Bilingual Therapy This type of counseling is offered to Latino individuals and families.  The topics cover various mental health issues along with domestic violence counseling if needed.  Survivors develop a sense of empowerment, learn about legal and emotional rights, and receive assistance with getting connected to other community resources.

Couples Counseling This type of counseling is designed to help parents who have children ages 0-5 develop co-parenting skills by strengthening their adult relationships.  This program is open to Latino families without regard for the ages of the children.

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 has funded Lighthouse to help prevent child abuse and neglect with children ages 0-5 by building Protective Factors. This type of 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.

Attachment Based Family Therapy (ABFT) The premise of this therapy model is that when the whole family is treated, the depression or presenting problem of the identified child will be significantly impacted.

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 (FRC) 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, transportation, play groups, tutoring, legal assistance, education and child care 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.  Our case management planning lasts an average of three months.

Family Wellness This program is a 3-4 week class where participants develop leadership skills, family strengths and work toward a stronger support system.  Upon completion of the program, families receive financial support to supplement costs related to meeting wellness goals.

Parent Education  Lighthouse provides a 6-7 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.

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.  Staff will also explain how to “work” Job Fairs and the importance of developing their 30-second pitch statement.

Financial Literacy   Through computer-based workshops FRC staff educate clients about budgeting, and debt and credit building best practices.

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 maintaining benefits.

Health Care Enrollment  FRC staff have been trained by Placer County Human Services and Kaiser Permanente to collect and submit information necessary for Health Insurance enrollment, respectively MediCal and Kaiser’s Child Health Program.  After MediCal or Kaiser has confirmed our client’s acceptance into their program, we assist the client with plan choice enrollment forms, renewals and access to benefits.

WIC Referral  FRC staff educate clients about WIC eligibility and benefits. During the month we have an on-site WIC worker that prescreens pregnant women and children for 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.

Housing Utility Assistance  We partner with St. Vincent De Paul (SVDP) by prescreening and referring clients in need of rent and utility assistance in the Lincoln and Sheridan areas.  SVDP determines final eligibility with a follow-up visit and disbursement of funds. Lighthouse also uses Community Development Block Grant funds to assist clients residing in unincorporated Placer County.  FRC staff prescreen clients and determine final eligibility before disbursing funds directly to landlords and/or utility providers.

Vision Assistance Referral  We partner with Lincoln Lion’s Club 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.

After School Programs  Lighthouse partners with the City of Lincoln Recreation Department to educate and identify clients in need of scholarships for after-school and seasonal recreational activities for children.  Clients are referred to city staff for final eligibility approval.

Child Passenger Safety  FRC staff are certified to train in safe transportation for children through education, research and advocacy, especially for those at risk, such as rural non-English speaking and low income community members.  We partner with Placer Safe Kids 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.

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.  Lighthouse participates in path one and two only.

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.

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.

Co-Parenting/Supervised Visitations/Safe Exchanges 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.  Lighthouse partners with Golden Sierra Life Skills for Co-Parenting classes, Parenting Time for Supervised Visitations, and No-contact Safe Exchange services.

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.

Outreach  Staff at Lighthouse often participate at various community resource fairs, parent meetings, other non-profit agencies staff trainings, foster youth resource events, United Way Giving events, 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.

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

Over the past decade the Lighthouse Counseling Department has been providing therapeutic services in both English and Spanish for our in-school programs as well as counseling in an individual, family, couples or group setting at our Counseling Center.

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 until five years.

Domestic Violence Therapy – Lighthouse works with individuals and couples in non-acute, non-active post domestic violence situations. Domestic Violence Therapy helps victims transform into survivors by establishing a safety plan, identify abusive traits, and how to de-escalate potentially violent situations. Clients learn how to manage fear, depression, and PTSD. Clients are taught empowerment tactics, 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 Five has funded Lighthouse to help prevent child abuse and neglect with children ages 0-5 by building Protective Factors. This type of 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.
Attachment Based Family Therapy (ABFT) – The premise of this therapy model is that when the whole family is treated, the depression or presenting problem of the identified child will be significantly impacted.

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 adults.
Couples (with children) Counseling – This type of counseling is designed to help parents who have children ages 0-5 develop co-parenting skills by strengthening their adult relationships. This program is open to Latino families without regard for the ages of the children.

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.

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) 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 slows participants to join/participate anytime throughout its course. It has a structured curriculum and at times guest speakers.
Childcare Counseling 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.

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, transportation, play groups, tutoring, legal assistance, education and child care resources.

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 maintaining benefits.

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.

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.

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.

Health Care Enrollment – FRC staff have been trained by Placer County Human Services to collect and submit information necessary for Health Insurance enrollment through MediCal. After the County has confirmed our client’s acceptance into the MediCal program, we assist the client with plan choice enrollment forms, renewals and access to benefits.

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.

Women, Infants, and Children Referral (WIC) – FRC staff educate clients about WIC eligibility and benefits. During the month we have an on-site WIC worker that prescreens pregnant women and children for services.

After School Programs – Lighthouse partners with various recreation departments to educate and identify clients in need of scholarships for after-school and seasonal recreational activities for children. Clients are referred to city staff for final eligibility approval.

Parent Education – Lighthouse provides a 6-7 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.

Child Passenger Safety – FRC staff are certified to train in safe transportation for children through education, research and advocacy, especially for those at risk, such as 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.

Financial Literacy – Through computer-based workshops FRC staff educate clients about budgeting, and debt and credit building best practices.

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. Our case management planning lasts an average of three months.

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. Lighthouse participates in path one and two only.

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.

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.

Family Wellness – This program is a 2-3 week class where participants develop leadership skills, family strengths and work toward a stronger support system.  Upon completion of the program, families receive financial support to supplement costs related to meeting wellness goals.

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 your children through this change and to help you co-parent with your ex-spouse, or ex-partner. Divorcing or separating parents often benefit from this class by becoming better equipped to deal with ongoing challenges.

Supervised Visitations/Safe Exchanges 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.

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. Staff will also explain how to “work” Job Fairs and the importance of developing their 30-second pitch statement.

Outreach – Staff at Lighthouse often participate at various community resource fairs, parent meetings, other non-profit agencies staff trainings, foster youth resource events, United Way Giving events, 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 NEW evidence-based home visitation model Healthy Families America (HFA) coupled with Parents As Teachers (PAT) curriculum will help families access care that otherwise may not be accessible due to poor health, a lack of childcare, or transportation. Our home visitation program (HFA/PAT) will include 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 will provide education, increase overall resource awareness, and 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, under the Healthy Families America model, 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 our reading sessions where Lighthouse volunteers read to young children in English and Spanish. A Lighthouse representative can provide parents or guardian 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 can 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 provides counseling and educational classes, in both English and Spanish, in order to serve a multicultural array of individuals and families.
For an intake appointment, or more information on counseling call (916) 645-3300
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