Community Counseling Center
The Lincoln Center provides a variety of free mobile counseling services for people of any age through its Community Counseling Center. The Lincoln Center is a recognized intervention service provider for Montgomery County. Counseling services are available to both individuals and families to improve the overall mental health of individuals, mitigate the effects of trauma and victimization, promote growth within the family, and stimulate community wellness.
Our mobile support functionality allows our counselors to meet people in their homes for counseling, at an agreed upon location, or at the Community Counseling Center. At all locations, confidentiality remains a key component of counseling practices. Providing a safe, supportive environment to cooperatively discuss issues within an individual or a family is an essential part of The Lincoln Center’s counseling services.
The Lincoln Center offers four life skills services through Montgomery County’s Office of Children and Youth: substance abuse education, family strengthening, home organization, and case management.
Substance Abuse Education
Counselors direct parents in making healthier choices, abstaining from drugs and alcohol, and adopting a relapse prevention plan. Counselors also connect parents to substance abuse resources and monitor their progress.
Counselors lead evidence-based activities to teach parents how to interact with their children at developmentally appropriate levels. They build upon parents’ nurturing skills, evaluate their levels of empathy, and coach them in responding better to psychological needs of children.
Home Organization revolves around improving the environmental suitability for children and general cleanliness of the home. Counselors instruct parents how to complete chores, share responsibilities with family members, organize personal belongings, and purchase goods more effectively.
Case management services explore the home environment, determine the needs of the family, and improve the lives of children. Counselors take clients to dentist and doctor appointments, assist them if they are diagnosed with medical conditions, and complete other helpful duties including ones related to budgeting and housing concerns.
These life skills services educate clients by providing values and counseling that support personal growth and are offered to parents whose children are at risk for being taken out of the parents’ care. In addition to life skills services, The Lincoln Center provides confidential individual DUI intervention services for those who have experienced a first-time DUI offense. Community counselors employ an evidence-based motivational interviewing approach to inspire a capacity to change, explore the locus of control, and encourage healthier life choices. The referral process works through individuals completing an assessment at Resources for Human Development’s Rise Above agency.
Community Counselors also conduct supervised visitation for child custody, which can be held at our Community Counseling Center, in home settings, and in public spaces. These cases are court-ordered and are a part of custody agreements. A counselor provides direct supervision to the sessions and documents a summary of the visit which is available to both parties. These Community Counseling Center services seek to strengthen families, ensure the safety of children, and help individuals struggling with substance abuse and mental wellbeing.