Youth Outpatient Programs & Services

Our Outpatient Therapy (OPT) provides services to youth ages 7 through 17, and their families by Master’s level Therapists who are supervised by independently licensed clinicians. Touchstone’s Therapists are trained and supervised in a trauma informed approach. Individual therapy may be provided but clinicians begin with a family centered and family focused approach to assist the child in the natural environment. We utilize best practice interventions such as:

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Gottman Couples Therapy Method

We also provide group therapy and parenting training. Our services are offered in office, home, and in school. Many of the clinicians are Spanish speaking. Language assistance is provided if necessary.

IOP provides a structured therapeutic environment to assist children and adolescents in developing social, communication and coping skills that will help them improve functioning at home, in school, and in the community. We utilize group therapy and a milieu approach, incorporating Positive Behavioral Support (PBS). Our staff work in collaboration with other treatment providers, and participate in Child Family Teams (CFTs) to ensure that treatment is individualized. Our team works collaboratively with the family to generalize the skills that are learned in the program. IOP provides services to youth 8 through 17 years old.
FFT is an evidenced-based family therapy program designed for youth from ages 11 through 17 that have behavioral and conduct problems. FFT engages the family to change through multiple interventions which include a relational and strength based focus. The cognitive and behavioral component is integrated into systemic skill training in family communications, parenting and conflict management skills. Our Service delivery takes place in the home or community. Some of our FFT therapists are Spanish speaking and language assistance is provided if necessary.
Our MST program is an intensive evidence-based family therapy program that has been proven effective in treating youth with serious acting out behaviors from ages 11 through 17. MST helps empower parents with skills and resources needed to independently address the challenging behaviors of the youth.  MST views individuals as part of a complex network that includes the family and community. MST strives to promote behavior change in the youth’s natural environment using the strengths of each system. Our service delivery takes place in the home or community.  Some of our MST therapists are Spanish speaking and language assistance is provided if necessary.
MST-PSB is clinically adapted from the MST model to address youth from ages 10 through 17 who have problematic sexual behaviors. MST-PSB relies heavily on family therapy as a mechanism of change for the youth and family and draws on models of parent training, Structural and Strategic Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and social skills building. Ensuring that client, victim, and community safety is the paramount mission of the model.  Service delivery takes place in the home or community. Some of our MST-PSB therapists are Spanish speaking and language assistance is provided if necessary.
HNCM provides intensive case management services to youth who have significant and complex needs. Our High Needs Case Managers have a significantly lower case load than traditional case managers to allow for more intensive care coordination. Following the 12 principles of the Arizona Practice Model, our High Needs Case Managers utilize the Child and Family Team (CFT) process to collaboratively identify the needs of the child and family and develop a comprehensive service plan. HNCM is predominantly utilized for youth over the age of 5 but there are times when younger children will require this level of oversight. We incorporate natural and informal supports and professional services and take into consideration the unique culture and strengths of the child and family in order to best meet the needs of the child and family.

Our Psychiatric services provide treatment to those youth who may require medications to assist in meeting the youth and family needs.  Board certified child psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners provide psychiatric evaluations and medication monitoring along with case coordination and oversight.

Our WIT program is one of the Meet Me Where I Am (MMWIA) programs that provide intensive in-home support to children who are at risk of out of home (OOH) placement. Our WIT program staff work closely with families in their homes, school and other community environments to help build skills necessary to improve functioning. WIT uses Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Positive Behavioral Support (PBS) principles focusing on meeting the underlying needs of the youth. Our WIT staff build on the strengths of the individual and family and are trauma informed, with sensitivity to the cultural uniqueness of each family. Touchstone’s WIT staff work with other treatment providers and members of the Child and Family Team (CFT) to individualize treatment intervention in order to meet the youth’s needs. Many of the WIT staff are Spanish speaking, and language assistance may be provided if necessary.
Respite service provides a temporarily needed weekend break for parents or guardians that experience a high level of stress as a result of caring for high needs/complex needs youth. Our Respite staff members are CPR certified, trained in crisis prevention/intervention, and receive on-going training in behavioral management and trauma informed care. Our Respite staff promotes activities that help build and develop youth’s fine and gross motor skills. In addition, our youth members participate in a variety of activities such as group games, arts and crafts, outdoor activities, and group outings. Our staff assists the youth with learning skills that help improve the quality of social interactions between parents, other adults, and peers. Lunch is provided to the youth on Saturdays & Sundays. The Respite team works with the Child and Family Team (CFT) to better understand the individual needs of each youth member. The program meets on Saturdays from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Sundays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.