Attendance Counseling Team 360 (ACT 360)
ACT 360 allows the school districts in Blair County to access help
for students who struggle with attendance. This program is an
all-inclusive, intensive prevention/intervention counseling program
that helps school aged children, and their families, set and meet
goals for their success. This model is unique to targeting
attendance issues from a 360 degree approach. Our Attendance
Counseling Team is available for routinely scheduled family/youth
appointments, court hearings, school meetings, transportation up to
crisis intervention. ACT 360 is based on goal achievement (3 to 4
months) and not a time limited program. The program will focus on
whatever treatment modality best matches to the family/youth as
identified by the family/youth and counselors.
ALLIES is a group for LGBTQI youth and families exist to create a
sense of community, empowerment, and support. The groups are structured
to achieve both a feeling of "safe space" with total respect for privacy
and confidentiality. ALLIES is available to all local LGBTQI youth and
their families. Bi-weekly meetings will include fun activities,
informational discussions, and opportunities for safe, healthy
socialization. Group topics and focuses will be unique from meeting to
meeting. Sensitivity towards the vulnerability of this growing
population is key to creating the right environment for growth and
development. The group is currently being provided voluntarily by
Evolution Expressions so advertising for groups has been restricted
to distribution to flyers to local schools, agencies, community centers,
doctor's offices, and businesses. Being able to spread the word about
the groups and reaching out to all those who may benefit is key to
its success. For more information or to be a part of the groups call
or text PRIDE to 814-799-0157.
Delinquency Prevention (DP)
Delinquency Prevention is an intensive prevention counseling
program that helps Blair County youth up to 18 years old and their
families set and meet their goals for success. This model is
exceptionally versatile because it is not limited to any one
treatment modality and the referred families do not need to be open
with CYF or JPO. Depending on the youth/family’s needs, one or two
counselors work with the family, one of which works primarily with
the parents while the other works with the youth. Individual,
Group, and Family meetings are all utilized to help the family meet
their goals. The Delinquency Prevention Program can be utilized as
a frontline prevention service as well as an intervention service
and can also be used as a step down supportive service.
Functional Family Therapy (FFT)
Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is a highly structured evidence
based model of therapy that works with the entire family of an
at-risk youth, helping them to identify, achieve, and maintain
desired positive change. A specially-trained FFT therapist provides
focused interventions during sessions with the youth and family for
a brief period of time. Functional Family Therapy has produced
extraordinarily positive results among families with at-risk
youth/adolescents due to high levels of adherence and fidelity to
Juvenile Resources for Creating Employment Opportunities (JR CEO)
The Juvenile Resources for Creating Employment Opportunities program, or JR CEO, will focus on developing the necessary skills and experience for juveniles entering the work force. The program will help youth develop their resume, participate in mock interviews, create mock businesses, provide community service, and explore entrepreneurship opportunities. Participants will be identified according to their individual needs and can be met with individually or in a group setting. Referrals for the JR CEO program will come from Blair County Juvenile Probation and Blair County Children Youth and Families.
The group curricula and goals will be identified at the time of
referral based on the youth's criminogenic needs and YLS score. The
National Curriculum Training Institutes Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy has many curricula to address adolescent's needs. These
include; Life Skills, Drug & Alcohol, Truancy, Curfew, Misdemeanor
offenses, Felony Offenses, Anger Management, Gangs, etc.. Each
group will be facilitated by three Evolution Counseling staff that
will meet weekly with 6 to 10 identified youth for approximately
seven to fourteen sessions.
Meeting Your Personal, Family & Relationship Needs
We offer the convenience of outpatient therapy on a
variety of mental health and addiction issues. You,
your family or friends will learn skills and receive the support needed to cope with such issues.
After these skills are taught, we then help you use them at home, school, work and in the
- Individual Adult Therapy: Provided by advanced-level, knowledgeable and experienced therapists, individual therapy focuses on a variety of life hurdles such as stress, anger management, depression, anxiety and panic disorders, and adjusting to major life changes.
- Couples Therapy: Whether you’re in a relationship, are married or going through a divorce, our understanding therapists will help you address problems that are important to you.
- Family Therapy: At Evolution, we offer a family friendly atmosphere to help families adjust to life circumstances and improve the quality of their relationships.
- Child/Adolescent Therapy: Our trained and experienced therapists work extensively with children/adolescents on issues such as: anger management, behavior challenges, attention deficit disorder, social anxieties, bullying, self-harm, autism, and other common child/adolescent challenges.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
If your child has experienced any traumatic event(s), cognitive behavioral therapy and social learning theory principles can assist with: decreasing PTSD symptoms, managing negative trauma-related emotions, academic difficulties, interpersonal trust, social competencies, behavioral problems, family conflicts, recognizing and responding to abusive situations, as well as handling anxiety and depression.
Victim / Community Awareness
The Victim/Community Awareness course curriculum is designed to help juveniles understand the
effects that crimes have on victims, their friends and families, and the community. Each course will be
facilitated by two Evolution Counseling staff members that will meet with a group of 3-6 youth one time
for approximately 3 hours. Participants in this course will explore their own offenses, who their victims
were, and how to be accountable for their behaviors. Referrals for this program are received from the
Blair County Juvenile Probation Office.