2012 GUIDE TO SUMMER CAMPS, LEARNING AND FAMILY FUN
The Potter's Potter’s House House Provides Summer a Therapeutic The Safe Haven Adventure Program (T.A.P) for“Providing Our Community's Youth a unique blend of therapy and fun”
Over the first 18 years of life, children experience a range of dramatic physical, cognitive and social-emotional changes. While most are able to transition successfully into adulthood, some have trouble coping with these changes during their adolescent years. The Potter's House Family and Children Treatment Center provides care, treatment and comfort for children at this much-needed time. "Our center is a place were children can come, have fun and feel comfortable about being treated with no stigma attached," says Office Manager Ajori Tobias. Started in 1996, the organization first opened The Potter's House Homes for Children to serve as a therapeutic residential center for children from Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS). The centers were located in Stone Mountain, Lithonia and Clarkston. In 2006, The Potter's House Family and Children Treatment Center opened in Stone right around corner, be in Mountain ummer to provide is mental health servicesthe to not only theso children the residential but alsoatospot the families in the child surrounding metro sureprogram, to secure for your at The Atlanta community. Today, the treatment center serves as their primary House’s uniquely and facility andPotter’s provides programs for children up to engaging 18 years of age. In fulfilling their mission totherapeutic be a family-oriented facility, The Potter's rewarding summer program. TAP is House offers a variety of services for both parents and children to engage filled with exciting op- comeveryone in the fun, child'sadventurous, treatment process.and “We offer a parenting mittee called PAC (Parenting Advocate Committee) where parents portunities for children and adolescents who are able to meet and talk with other parents whose children are seeking treatmight not be able to fit in at typical summer camp ment." Tobias continues, "The parents give us feedback on our services also attending skills classes on specificor topics to help their while programs due training to social, emotional, behavioral children.” difficulties. TAP includes arts and crafts, outdoor The treatment center also strives to assist households where one or activities, recreational activities andtransportation. much more, both parents are employed and unable to provide The
Therapeutic Adventure Program (or TAP) enables children to be transported to treatment after school. “We offer transportation to our facility, so the children can attend their scheduled individual and group sessions. During TAP, we also provide the children with a snack, dinner and transportation home,” she says. To accommodate families lacking transportation, the treatment center also provides free transportation within a 20-mile radius. Super Saturday is another favorite amongst kids and operates similar to TAP So with the incredible array of services offered, what is The Potter’s House planning for the future? Although the center currently only treats children, they hope to expand their services to the parents who visit the facility with their children. "We would love to treat both parents and children, so we can care for the entire family under one roof." all improve your child’s self-esteem, Thedesigned Potter's Houseto Family and Children Treatment Center will continue in our community and tosocial serve theskills, needs ofand children and their families behavioral management. Breakprovide constant care and support to children to help them become selffast, lunch, and snack sufficient and productive adults. are provided daily, and
transportation is also available for those within a 20- mile radius.
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