The staff of the McCord outpatient department recognizes the varied schedules of parents and guardians. For that reason, clinicians are available at a variety of times to meet those needs. Generally, appointments can be made 8:00 am – 6:30 pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Fridays. Adolescent groups are held Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays afternoons/evenings. Parent Project groups (10 consecutive weeks) are held Thursdays 6:15 pm - 9:15 pm (8:15 pm during last four weeks). Individual and family therapy appointments are scheduled as needed.
The Bridge Program offers numerous support services to adolescents involved with juvenile justice (SCDJJ and similar entities). The Bridge program is a comprehensive, individualized, family centered service designed for adolescents leaving a juvenile justice facility or other residential setting. Because the move from a residential setting represents a time of change for the adolescent and family, the Bridge offers a gradual step-down transition into the community by providing an array of specialized services including individual, group, and family counseling, intensive case management, and general attention to primary healthcare needs.
Parent Project is nationally recognized, and awarded, evidence-based program for parents and guardians. This program was specifically developed for parents of “difficult” adolescents, yet is well accepted as a sound parenting approach for all families. Parent Project is the central piece of our outpatient family program, and it is strongly encouraged that all parents and guardians complete this program. During and following participation in the program, parent(s) / guardians are provided with intensive support by clinicians in implementing and maintaining the program in the home. Parent and guardians who have completed Parent Project and used the strategies learned have had phenomenal success in creating a loving, structured home environment that enhanced and maintained the treatment success of the adolescent.
The Drug Court program is the result of collaboration between McCord and the Orangeburg Family Court. Select adolescents, with pending charges, and substance use issues, are given the opportunity to participate. The program coordinator works directly with the Family Court solicitor, and the Orangeburg SCDJJ. Those recommended for the program are provided with intensive services. On successful completion of program requirements, the charges against the adolescent are dismissed and his or her record is cleared.