Auberle is a nonprofit human services agency serving at-risk children and families in southwestern Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1952 and named after benefactor Pauline Auberle. Her generous bequest helped establish what was known as the “Boystown of the East” in the Pittsburgh suburb of McKeesport, Pennsylvania. In 1980, Auberle expanded to offer mental health and substance abuse services in addition to family and community programs. Today, it serves over 3,500 at-risk individuals and families per year at its 16 locations.
Treatment and Staff
Auberle offers an outpatient substance abuse treatment program at its main facility in McKeesport. At intake, clients meet with an intake specialist to discuss treatment goals and develop an individualized treatment plan. Auberle does not offer residential treatment or detox services, but can provide referrals to local facilities, if needed.
Clients usually meet with a counselor once or twice a week for individual sessions that last one hour. Counselors use evidence-based therapy methods like CBT, DBT and motivational interviewing. They are also trained in trauma-specific methods such as EMDR. Group sessions are available two nights a week, for two hours at a time. The adult group and adolescent group, for those ages 13 to 17, meet separately.
As treatment progresses, it is common for clients to step down from meeting several times a week to once every two weeks. The length of the program depends on the client. Typically, treatment lasts for at least 60 days. It can continue as long as both counselor and client decide that is beneficial. Auberle is not a 12 step-based program, but does offer resources and information about local AA/NA meetings if the client wants to get involved with a peer support fellowship in addition to therapy.
The outpatient program staff at Auberle consists of certified addiction counselors, social workers and a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFT). Every member of the counseling staff is trained to handle trauma and substance abuse clients.
Auberle offers a specialized group called Child of Addicted Parents (COAP) for adolescents who are trying to stay clean and sober while their parents are also struggling with substance abuse.
A gambling addiction program is also offered for adults that meets twice a week for group and individual therapy.
Auberle is a well-established nonprofit agency with services for those who are seeking to continue treatment while remaining in the community. This program is not for those who are looking for intense therapy or need a more structured plan. However, for someone interested in a program that fits a busy lifestyle, Auberle may be a great choice.
1101 Hartman St
McKeesport, PA 15132
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