Family Strengthening Program

“Community Based Crisis Intervention”

The Family Strengthening Program is a community based, mobile mental health program that provides parents with the tools and skills needed to address their children’s behavior issues and mental health needs. Families learn constructive strategies to help children handle conflict and improve their coping skills.  The program also aims to improve overall family communication and interaction and utilizes trauma focused therapeutic techniques and interventions. The Family Strengthening Program utilizes the Trauma Therapy Model.

Family Strengthening provides free, confidential services at home and in the community as well as at the child’s school.   Our services include:

  • social worker provides parent strategies to foster positive emotional development in their children
  • children are offered academic and social support in school
  • families work with FSW staff to access continuing support services upon completion of the program

The Family Strengthening Program serves families with children ages three to eight throughout Westchester County. The Family Strengthening Program can also service families receiving preventive services through the Westchester Department of Social Services. Referrals are received through the Crisis Prevention Response Teams at St. Vincent’s/St. Joseph’s Hospital Centers, Westchester Department of Social Services, the SPOA committee, the Department of Community Mental Health as well as additional referral sources.  The Family Strengthening staff meets with the family weekly for up to three months.

Diana Cohen, LCSW, Program Director
(914) 358-5419

Kathryn Wechsler, MHC, Program Social Worker
(914) 610-6975

Monica Concors, LMSW, Program Social Worker
(914) 908-0523