The Behavior Clinic at Penfield Children’s Center works in collaboration with Marquette University to provide mental health treatment services for children 5 and younger who have significant behavior and emotional issues. Counselors work with parents to develop a treatment plan to assist parents in managing their children’s behaviors and provide weekly counseling sessions in the homes of families. It is the only program of its kind in Milwaukee that addresses significant behavioral issues early in the lives of children to set them on a positive track for the future.
Using the Early Pathways Program, a nationally recognized, mental health program for young children in poverty with significant behavior and emotional problems including trauma, our staff provided 1,823 hours of mental health therapy during home visits, primarily in Milwaukee’s central-city.
Through a partnership with Marquette University, the Behavior Clinic served 345 children with significant behavioral and/or emotional issues.
During 2016, 76% of children reduced their behavioral problems and 70% of children increased their prosocial behaviors following treatment.
For children given a formal primary psychiatric diagnosis and completed treatment, 78% no longer met the criteria for a diagnosis following treatment.