Family Service Bureau Collaboration Supports Students At NCC Job Training Programs

The Family Service Bureau of Newark has partnered with New Community’s Workforce Development Center to provide Student Assistance Services. FSB will be the primary counseling and intervention service provider for the Workforce Development Center’s job training and employment programs (Academic Enrichment, ShopRite Partners-In-Training, Medical Assistant, Certified Homemaker Home Health Aide, Electrocardiogram Technician, Culinary Arts, Building Trades and Automotive Technician programs). The SAS is designed to assist New Community Workforce Development Center’s students, families and staff to help manage the impact of a wide variety of personal and family cares and concerns that can impact a student’s behavior and achievement. Many issues can negatively affect a student well-being, including those related to motivation, stress, family conflict, emotional or mental health concerns, parenting skills, substance abuse, bullying and other peer conflict.

Students will soon be able to schedule appointments with an FSB behavioral health professional to discuss issues such as  self-esteem, academic motivation, family problems, depression, anxiety, self-injury, relationship issues, stress, drug/alcohol issues or any other topic. Students can be self-referred or be referred by a teachers, or administrators

SAS will be provided through the Family Service Bureau and is also available to help immediate family members develop the skills they need to better deal with concerns in the student’s life through the application of alternative problem solving techniques. SAS will be available Monday through Friday and is strictly confidential. Some of the confidential interventions and services which will be available through the SAS Program include  support groups; individual, family or couples counseling; parenting group; drug/alcohol use disorder services; and coping skills/anger management. Other available interventions include:

Faculty Support and Training and Development

Student Educational Classes (Living in Balance)

Care and Concern Meetings with students, parents and teachers

FSB is working with New Community’s Workforce Development Center and hopes to have these services in place by Fall 2016. “The young people were engaged, asked questions, shared their personal struggles, and took a lot from the discussion,” Rodney Brutton, director of Workforce Development, said after observing a recent Thursday morning class. FSB is excited to continue moving forward with this collaboration and to provide services under the SAS.

For more information, call the Family Service Bureau at 973-412-2056.

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