Children’s of Alabama understands the challenges experienced by caregivers of children with mental and behavioral health conditions. That is why we offer innovative programs to support caregivers and help them meet and cope with their child's mental health needs. Some of these programs are offered exclusively to the caregivers of children currently receiving inpatient or outpatient services, and some are offered more broadly to include members of the community.
Here at Children's Behavioral Health, we want to provide caregivers with the information, resources, and support they need to understand and cope with their child's challenges. We believe that mental health treatment outcomes are drastically improved when caregivers are active participants in the treatment process. Therefore, we consider caregivers to be an important member of the treatment team.
Our CARES Program goals are very simple and effective:
We are eager to be your partner in helping your child to be happy, healthy, confident, and successful.
If you have questions about the CARES Program, email CARES@childrensal.org or call 205-638-9812.
There are three components of our CARES Program:
We offer two CARES Inpatient Classes designed to facilitate your involvement in your child’s inpatient treatment:
Both classes are offered at several times throughout the week. The Family Care Coordinator will contact you the day after your child’s admission to the hospital to schedule these classes.
Our weekly CARES Support Group is a safe space for you as a caregiver to share your experiences, emotions, successes and concerns related to caring for a child with mental or behavioral health condition. Our hope is that this group will:
This group is open to any caregiver of a child who is or has been a patient on the inpatient unit.
When: Every Thursday, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Where: Children's of Alabama, Lowder Building on the 3rd Floor, Cain Conference Room. (*Please enter through the McWane Building (7th Avenue Entrance), and stop at the information desk for directions.)
These educational sessions allow caregivers and community members to hear from experts and community resources about topics related to caring for children with various emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs.
CARES Talks are held four Thursdays per year from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Children's of Alabama.
To find the latest information and schedule go to CARES Talks (PDF).
To register for one of the CARE Talks, please visit http://give.childrensal.org/CARESTalks
In addition to what is offered through our CARES program, we also offer two parent education and support groups aimed at addressing specific behavioral health concerns:
Children's Behavioral Health offers a supportive parent education group for caregivers with children who have difficult behavior (including ADHD symptoms). This group meets on specified Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. It is presented in 10 sessions that provides an opportunity for parents and guardians to learn to manage this type of behavior and to support one another.
For additional information go to PAGES (PDF).
If you would like to attend this program, please contact Waynette at (205) 638-9193 to register.
Parenting a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder can add extra stress and obstacles that are often not recognized by others. At Children’s Behavioral Health Ireland Center (CBH-IC) located in the McWane Building, we have established parent workshops that address the unique issues of raising a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a way that can empower caregivers and give them essential knowledge and skills to better understand and care for their child’s individual needs.
The service is a great supplement for families already receiving treatment at CBH-IC by helping to maximize the success for their child. It also can be helpful for families waiting for an upcoming CBH-IC appointment.
Parent workshops are offered every 1-2 months. The specific topics of each one rotates, though important, foundational topics will repeat yearly (e.g., “What is Autism?,” “Using Visual Supports,” etc.).
The Autism Caregiver Empowerment (ACE) Workshops include:
For more information about upcoming workshops, go to ACE (PDF).
*Additional Information regarding Caregiver Education and Support can also be found Helpful Resources page.
Improving Social Skills for Your Child with Autism
Wednesday June 5th 9-11am
Doctors, Therapists, and Schools- Oh My! Building an Effective Team
Saturday July 20th 9am-12pm
Getting Unstuck: Improving Rigid Behavior and Thinking in Youth with ASD
Wednesday August 7th 9-11 am
To learn more about ACE Workshops and how to register, call (205) 638-9193 at our CBH-IC main office.