In collaboration with other organizations in the community, Epworth Children’s Home provides social services to children and their families at the Epworth Center for Children, Youth and Families located on Epworth’s campus.
Services to Children
Epworth believes that every child is a special creation and should be treated as such. Therefore, our goal is to provide the highest quality of care available to each child entrusted to us. Children/youth in residential care receive regular support when needed from professional counselors at the Epworth Center for Children, Youth and Families.
Services provided include:
- Individual counseling (TF-CBT)
- Family therapy
- Substance abuse education and treatment
- Psychiatric services
- Psychological testing
- Group therapy
A certified addiction counselor from LRADAC provides substance abuse education and prevention for youth ages twelve and older. The objectives of the program are to educate and help at-risk teens make healthy decisions regarding alcohol and drugs. This professional provides skill groups and other activities that promote good choices and positive self-image development.
Epworth also contracts with local colleges and universities to provide social service experience for students seeking Master’s Degrees in the human resources field. Under this agreement, the students may be introduced to all departments at Epworth. The students, under supervision by a licensed professional, may be assigned a small caseload. They may also assist the Director of Social Services with the daily operations of the Department.
Services to Families
Epworth seeks the optimum level of involvement of children and youth with their families, even in situations where total reunification may not be possible. Family therapy, parenting support and parenting education are provided free of charge in order to strengthen the families that are served through the Epworth Center for Children, Youth and Families.
Resources facilitated for families through the Center include:
- Family counseling
- Parenting education classes
- Parenting support groups
Families can participate in family counseling sessions free of charge through Epworth’s partnership with the University of South Carolina (USC) Counselor Education Program. These sessions occur as part of the EDCE 716 Family Counseling course at USC. Through this program, the families are able to work towards reunification.
For more information, please contact Victoria Shedrick, 803-681-0295