A $20,000 grant from the Arsht-Cannon Fund will enable the Family Counseling Center of St. Paul’s (FCCSP) to continue providing evidence-based clinical training, professional development, and supervision of Masters-level clinical candidates, helping to address the critical need for, and severe shortage of bilingual, culturally responsive mental & behavioral health therapists in Delaware.
With this important investment in education and peer support for bilingual behavioral health practitioners, clinicians will be better equipped to respond to the multigenerational trauma experienced by many families in our community. As a result, more qualified bilingual clinicians will join a workforce addressing disparities in qualified behavioral health care that is available in multicultural communities disproportionately affected by poverty.
The FCCSP has become especially known for its work providing behavioral health support to victims of crimes, many of whom are Latino immigrants who have been particularly exposed to violence and family separation. Serving a diverse community in urban Wilmington and surrounding New Castle County, their clients include some of the most vulnerable, impoverished, and uninsured children, adults, and families.
Recent clinical training efforts have focused treatment models that are trauma-informed and integrate family members into the treatment process and consider the effects of trauma related to family separation and other aspects common to the immigrant experience.
The Family Counseling Center envisions a community where every individual has the opportunity to improve their quality of life without facing linguistic, financial, and stigmatic barriers to accessed care.