With origins dating back to 1925, Family Counseling Service of Aurora has long been a leader of substance abuse treatment in Aurora, Illinois. Originally started as a Depression-era relief program for families struggling to meet basic needs, the facility has evolved over the years to offer a wide variety of behavioral health services including adolescent and senior care and employment aid.
Treatment and Staff
The majority of clients enrolled in treatment at FCSA attend as a result of a court mandate. Those in need of medical detox services must complete this phase before beginning treatment, as these services are not available on-site.
FCSA’s main substance abuse treatment track is a basic outpatient program which consists of group and individual therapy sessions. Groups meet twice a week at the facility on Wednesdays from 7 to 9 pm and on Saturdays from 9 to 11 am. Individual sessions are scheduled upon request. The staff utilizes DBT-oriented treatment as well as special domestic violence and anger management sessions.
While clients do receive information about 12-step recovery, attendance of meetings is not a requirement during treatment. Given that the substance abuse wing of FCSA is a relatively small operation, there is one full-time LADC on staff who, along with an intern, oversees all weekly group and individual therapy sessions. Groups are typically comprised of anywhere between 10 and 25 participants at a time.
Dual diagnosis support is not offered at FCSA. Still, the facility does have a comprehensive program dedicated to psychiatric services which include visits with a psychiatrist and medication management.
As FCSA tailors its program to each client’s needs with individualized treatment plans, length of enrollment varies. Average lengths typically consist of a total of 10 to 15 hours of therapy, dispersed over two weeks to two months.
After clients complete their initial phase of treatment, aftercare is provided in the form of group and individual sessions as needed. In addition to treatment for substance abuse, FCSA also offers a specific child and adolescent behavioral health program. This track offers mental health counseling to address a variety of issues and includes play therapy, art therapy and a family program. There are also services for seniors struggling with grief or depression, a mentoring program for children and adolescents between the ages of six and 17 and special anger intervention classes for men, women and teens.
Overall, those attending Family Counseling Service of Aurora can expect standard outpatient care which includes DBT and group-oriented programs. The facility is a relatively small operation with no IOP. Still, the facility’s main strength may lie in its longevity and its overall variety of behavioral health options. For those in need of less intensive care, Family Counseling Service of Aurora is worth considering for those in the area.
Family Counseling Service
70 S. River St
Aurora, IL 60506
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