It’s been a big year for Arbour Counseling Services, Malden. Not only have they reignited their School-Based program, but they’ve also begun offering home-based therapy in Malden and other surrounding communities.
Nancy Landry, LICSW, Director of Child and Family Services, has been busy working with surrounding schools since the site decided to kickoff a relaunch of its school program in January. Currently, the program serves seven schools in and around Malden, and it continues to grow.
“We already have two additional schools lined up for the fall,” Landry said. “And we just hired new school clinicians in anticipation of future growth.”
Besides Malden, the school program also operates in nearby Revere, Everett and Medford. The program currently provides individual counseling to students in elementary, middle and high school. Next year, Landry said they will begin offering group counseling, including substance abuse groups in Malden High School.
There are many benefits to the program, according to Landry, including no cost to the school and limited insurance co-pay cost to parents. Counseling is provided directly within the schools, which is also convenient for parents, Landry said.
In other news, ACS, Malden has also begun offering home-based counseling to surrounding communities. This initiative began a couple of months ago and targets an underserved population unable to make it to the center for counseling needs, explained Center Director, Andrew Stephens. That population includes those suffering from severe depression or agoraphobia, as well as the elderly and disabled.
The site also recently received its state license to perform 1st and 2nd offender DUI treatment. The counseling center has begun offering group therapy for 1st and 2nd DUI offenders and will add more groups as needed.