PCIT Therapy Now Offered at The Southfield Center

Dr. Cynthia Keefe now offers Parent Child Interaction Therapy at The Southfield Center for Development5.2016PCIT-232x300

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What is PCIT?

PCIT is a parent education-coaching program that works jointly with the parent and child to improve their relationship and reduce problematic behaviors and parenting stress.

How does PCIT work?

PCIT works primarily by strengthening the attachment between the parent and the child. During the first phase, PC IT teaches parents how to “be in the moment” with the child by becoming a calm, supportive presence during play therapy. During the second phase, PC IT helps parents learn skills to improve child cooperation and behavior through the use of consistent discipline strategies.

What is unique about PCIT?

The therapist coaches the parent from behind a one way mirror, communicating with the parent through a wireless headphone on specific ways of increasing positive interactions and managing their child’s behavior as it occurs in session. By practicing specific techniques with the guidance of the therapist, parents gain increased confidence in independently managing their child’s behaviors at home and in public settings.

Who can participate in PCIT?

PCIT is designed for parents/caregivers of children ages 2 to 7. This therapy is widely used for any parent-child dyad struggling with issues around cooperation and connection.

Who delivers PCIT?

Cynthia Keefe, Psy.D, is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Southfield Center, who is certified in parent-child interaction therapy. Dr. Keefe has held various training positions in both public and private settings including: Green Chimneys in Brewster, NY, Four Winds Hospital in Katonah, NY, Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, NY and Andrus (Mental Health Division) in White Plains, NY. Dr. Keefe received her Master’s degree in Applied Psychology from Fairfield University and her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University, C.W. Post.

 

 

The Child & Family Guidance Center in Bridgeport has been “adopted” by Dr. Christopher Bogart and Darien-based Southfield Center for Development for Fairfield County’s Giving Day

Taking place on March 10, Giving Day inspires and empowers our region to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofit organizations in just 24 hours through online Screen_Shot_2016-02-23_at_12.21.35_PM_ymtbx8-1-300x300donations. The Southfield Center for Development is lending its full support to The Child & Family Guidance Center that day.

Located in Darien, The Southfield Center for Development is a family-centered, interdisciplinary practice dedicated to providing comprehensive evaluation and care across a wide range of ages and challenges. Their team of more than 30 skilled practitioners are trained to provide an integrated approach to learning, emotional, and behavioral issues that children face. The Southfield Center will contribute $500 to The Child & Family Guidance Center on March 10, and will actively encourage its extensive list of clients, staff, and supporters to make donations.

“For the most part, our families are fortunate enough to have the resources to access high-quality mental health and behavioral supports for their children,” Dr. Bogart said. “We have been brainstorming ways that The Southfield Center can support disadvantaged youth. Giving Day is a great opportunity to rally behind a nonprofit that provides services to children we cannot reach. The Child & Family Guidance Center is a perfect match and hopefully this is one of many ways in which we can collaborate.”

The mission of The Child and Family Guidance Center is to promote positive child development and the emotional well-being of children, as well as to empower families to provide a nurturing caring and safe haven for children to grow and mature.

Founded in 1925, The Child & Family Guidance Center served over 3,100 children and families over the last year alone, largely in the Greater Bridgeport and Greater Norwalk areas. Over 90 percent of the children they serve live in poverty, and 68 percent belong to a minority group. Services are never denied based on an inability to pay.

Most of the families served by The Child & Family Guidance Center struggle with such basic needs as food, clothing and shelter, and many have been adversely impacted by significant trauma. “We are continually inspired by how emotionally strong a struggling family can become when given the types of evidence-based support that we provide,” said Michael Patota, CEO/President of The Child & Family Guidance Center.

“Our work is only possible with the support of our community partners,” Patota said. “We are grateful that Dr. Bogart and The Southfield Center for Development will introduce our nonprofit to people that may be unaware of the critical work we do for children in need. Their financial support and partnership on Giving Day means a great deal to our clients, staff, and board.”

To support The Child & Family Guidance Center on Giving Day, visitwww.fcgives.org on March 10.

Southfield Educates New York Giants on Millenials

Tom Coughlin, Head Coach of the New York Giants, recently enlisted the help of Dr. Chris Bogart and Dr. Maryellen Page to better understand his players. The Southfield Center worked with the coaching stuff on understanding millenials and coaching players with learning disabilities. Check out the full article posted by Business Insider here!

Workshop with New York Giants Coaching Staff

Southfield Center Staff conduct workshop with New York Giants Coaching Staff

On March 2, 2015, Dr. Chris Bogart and Dr. Maryellen Page had the opportunity to present to the New York Giant’s coaching staff on coaching players with ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Millenials. Please read the full article on this amazing experience here!

Southfield Center Sponsors Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities

Southfield Center Sponsors Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities

Southfield Center Becomes Lead Sponsor for Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities

SFC Smart Kids Gala

The Southfield Center was proud to be a sponsor at the Smart Kids Annual Gala. The Southfield Center would like to thank Smart Kids With Disabilities for another year of hosting a great event for a cause so close to our heart!

 

Southfield Center Open House

Southfield Center Open House

Dear Southfield Center Friend:

I wanted to extend to you a warm invitation to join me and my staff at one of our Open House celebrations being held next week.  As we move toward the end of our 6th year of supporting children, families, schools and the broader community, we wanted to open our doors to say “Thank You” for all of the trust that you have placed in us.  We have many staff and services that you are likely to know from our past years in the community.  But we have also added some new clinicians with new skill sets that we’d love for you to drop by to meet.

The Open Houses will be very informal and relaxed.  Drop by for a few minutes or a couple of hours, and have some food and cheer. Many of our staff will be available to chat or show you around; and we will have some interesting information available regarding our current and planned services.

Here are the dates/times of the two Open Houses:

  • Thursday, April 23 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Friday, April 24 from 8:30am – 10:30am

I look forward to catching up with you at one of the above times.

 

Sincerely,

Christopher M. Bogart, Ph.D.
Executive Director

PLEASE RSVP BY MONDAY, APRIL 20TH.
To RSVP for our Thursday evening Open House, please follow this link.
To RSVP for our Friday morning Open House, please follow this link
You may also contact Taylor Kurtz, taylor.kurtz@southfieldcenter.com, 
(203) 202-7654 Ext. 126.

SuperKids Spring 2015

SuperKids Spring Semester

The Southfield Center for Development has a few spaces open for children and adolescents in the SuperKids group series which are currently underway. SuperKids is a series of 10 group sessions that is aimed to help boys and girls who are between the ages of 4 and 18, who have significant communication and social challenges. The groups are formed by carefully matching children with similar needs and developmental levels. In SuperKids, group members learn to identify obstacles to their social interactions, label them, and learn strategies and coping skills to compensate for these difficulties. SuperKids is available to work closely with the child’s school and family, across a wide range of issues, including: social thinking challenges, AD/HD, anxiety disorders, autism and pervasive developmental delay.
We are currently looking to fill the remaining space in the following groups. If you feel that your child could fit into one of these groups or you do not see a group that fits your child’s needs or schedule, please contact us for more information or additional group placements!

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Southfield Center Adopts Human Services Council for Giving Day

Southfield Center 'Adopts' Human Services Council for Giving Day

Bottom Row, left to right: Anthony DiLauro, Executive Director, Human Services Council, Dr. Christopher Bogart, Executive Director, The Southfield Center for Development. Top row: Human Services Council staff members

March 7 is Fairfield County Giving Day, a new way community members can help support the important work of local nonprofits. Sponsored by Fairfield County Community Foundation and Bank of America, the goal of this online, 24-hour day of giving is to raise $1 million for more than 300 nonprofits throughout the region.

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SuperKids Social Skills Program Finds Darien Home at The Southfield Center for Development

SuperKids Social Skills Program Finds Darien Home at The Southfield Center for Development

 

For information on our groups starting this September, please contact
Taylor Kurtz, 203.202.7654 ext. 126, taylor.kurtz@southfieldcenter.com

The Southfield Center for Development is pleased to announce that we will add the successful and proven SuperKids social skills program to our therapeutic offerings in September 2013.

Founded by Nancy Widdows and Barbara Cooper, both licensed counselors and art therapists, the SuperKids program has provided exceptional support to children with social challenges for over fourteen years. With locations in Ridgefield, Norwalk, Milford, and Guilford, SuperKids has been a place where Connecticut children and teens experiencing difficulty fitting in with their peers come to feel safe and to learn the skills necessary to improve their social world.

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