Freedom's Way is a group of programs that were developed and organized by Freedom From Fear. All of these programs are focused on children and adolescence who are suffering from different mental health conditions. Freedom From Fear understands that early intervention plays a key role in a successful recovery. Early intervention also sets up the road to a more successful adulthood.
The following are programs of Freedom's Way that are set up to help children/adolescence with different mental health concerns:
Anxiety and Depressive Illness Center at Freedom From Fear - Located at Freedom From Fear's Staten Island headquarters, this program specializes in the treatment of children and adolescence who suffer from a variety of different mental health concerns. Some of the mental health illnesses that children/adolescence suffer from are anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and so forth. The program is under the direction of a licensed child psychiatrist (M.D) as well as licensed mental health professionals. These mental health professionals include social workers and licensed mental health counselors. For further inquiries please contact us at (718) 351-1717 ext. 10. Freedom From Fear is located at 308 Seaview Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10305.
Early Beginnings for Life Long Mental Health - This is a program at Freedom From Fear under the direction of Justine Pawlukewicz Ph.D. The program teaches parents appropriate skills to help their children who are suffering from anxiety and depressive illnesses. The program can be utilized via internet or in person. For more information feel free to contact us at (718) 351-1717 ext. 19. You can also email us at email@example.com
- Public education programs - The mental health professionals at Freedom From Fear are available to give lectures and hold training programs throughout the New York City area.
The Freedom’s Way Summer Program
Freedom’s Way is a program developed by Freedom From Fear, a non-profit organization established in 1984. The program has been developed and is supervised by licensed mental health professionals. Freedom’s Way incorporates fun and exciting activities with learning skills to manage emotions in a healthy, proactive way. The program is opened to children 7 – 13 years old.
How Does Freedom’s Way Work? The program is designed to offer a variety of fun activities such as sports, arts and crafts, music and drama. Children will also receive daily sessions in age appropriate Emotional Management Training (EMT). These sessions are conducted by mental health professionals who have experience and training in working with children. EMT is focused on concrete behavioral elements that have been proven to effectively treat children who suffer from anxiety and depression. These elements include:
- Relaxation Therapy
- Teaching children to understand the nature of their feelings and how they can affect their behavior and physical state
- Techniques to use when feeling anxious and otherwise emotional charged or drained
- Problem solving and coping skills
- Formulating action plans to help alleviate stress
During the all of the activities in the summer program, staff members will reinforce what is learned in the EMT sessions.
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