CHILD GUIDANCE VISION: Creating a state of health in which families can thrive so that all children reach optimal growth and development.
CHILD GUIDANCE MISSION: Child Guidance serves children, birth to age 13, their families and caregivers by providing services that are relationship based, family centered, developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive. Child Guidance is a key partner in a system of care that works to assure conditions by which our younger citizens can be healthy.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Child Guidance Program offers a continuum of services for children and their families to assist them in achieving optimal development. The program is uniquely positioned in public health settings to provide evidence-based programs (EBP) that enhance protective factors and reduce risk factors for families. Child Guidance teams located in county health departments consist of master’s degree level clinicians in child development, behavioral health and speech/language pathology. All professionals must maintain credentials in their clinical specialty area. Through a multidisciplinary approach to service delivery, Child Guidance provides a continuum of services that supports development and parenting of children from birth to age 13. Each discipline provides a unique expertise in supporting families with young children. At the core of the Child Guidance Program are EBPs that have been proven effective in changing behavior in the target population. Child Guidance staff has received training in various EBPs from accredited program trainers. Implementation of EBPs is supported through technical supervision, continuing education and peer support groups.
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