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Mobile Therapy Unit

Posted in Projects / Tue, December 11, 2018

Grantee: Encompass Northwest

Timeframe:   July 2018 - June 2020   |   Amount:   $100,000

 

The Mobile Therapy Unit will provide specialized therapies for low income and at-risk families in rural areas throughout King County, with a focus on cities in the Snoqualmie Valley area such as Carnation and Duvall. This rural area has few options for therapy services, especially bilingual services, and is a prohibitive distance to travel for clients who rely on public transportation.  The newly completed Encompass Mobile Therapy Unit began providing services in May 2017. The first of its kind in the state of Washington, the therapy center on wheels enables Encompass to bring specialized therapy services right into the communities that need them, eliminating distance-based hardship as a barrier to quality care.

Currently, the MTU is parking one day each week at the Sammamish YMCA, a second day at Passage Point in Renton and a third at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Issaquah. Encompass expects to expand services to Carnation and Duval, as well as transitional or subsidized housing facilities.

The primary purpose of the Mobile Therapy Unit is to provide Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, or PCIT. This therapy is delivered to young children who present challenging and disruptive behaviors, and teaches parents play therapy and behavioral management skills by working with a mental health coach. Encompass aims to improve access to PCIT and other therapy services for at least 100 children.

Through PCIT, each family receives individual attention from a trained PCIT coach once per week for 60-75 minutes. In the first phase of the program, parents participate in individual training sessions with a PCIT coach to practice specific play, communication, and discipline skills with their children. While observing the parent and child at play through a one-way mirror, the PCIT coach provides continual feedback, direction and encouragement through a small receiver, worn behind the parent’s ear. This process allows coaches to train parents without interrupting the essential parent-child relationship. Parent and child work on play skills homework during the week. In the second phase, parents learn positive discipline skills.


About Our Grantee

Encompass Northwest

Encompass employs more than 70 credentialed and well-trained professional and administrative staff members. The Encompass mission is to partner with families to build healthy foundations for children through our comprehensive array of programs in early learning and pediatric therapy services  available to all members of our community.

Visit Encompass Northwest website here.


About Our Partner

Encompass Northwest

Encompass employs more than 70 credentialed and well-trained professional and administrative staff members. The Encompass mission is to partner with families to build healthy foundations for children through our comprehensive array of programs in early learning and pediatric therapy services  available to all members of our community.

Visit Encompass Northwest website here.