Family Support Centers

The Centers provide free prevention and intervention counseling to youth and families in participating Ontario County school districts. Using a positive outcome model known as Solution Focus Brief Therapy, the counseling sessions address risk factors related to academic performance, school attendance, family functioning, discipline problems and/or health related concerns.

What Is The Family Support Center

The Family Support Center (FSC) is a program offered through The Partnership for Ontario County, Inc. First pioneered by the Phelps-Clifton Springs School District in 2001, this unique initiative was designed to improve access to support services for students and their families in Canandaigua City, Marcus Whitman, Geneva and Phelps Clifton Springs School Districts.

What the FSC does

Our centers provide Solution Focused Brief Therapy at no cost to families referred to the centers. As the name suggests, it means that counseling is short term and focused on solutions, rather than problems. A study of Solution Focused Brief Therapy has shown that problems in families happen, but not all of the time. By focusing on the positive times, families can improve their lives as they become more confident and connected.

Ultimate goals of FSC

The ultimate goal for families is improved outcomes that may include: academic achievement, changes in behaviors and improved family relationships. We additional supports are needed, our counselors help link families to additional resources available through other local agencies.

Who Provides the Counseling

Our school counselors are psychologists, social workers or guidance counselors who already work within the school districts where the centers are located. All counselors receive training in the Solution Focused Brief Therapy model.

How to Request a Referral

If a child or adolescent attends school in one of the participating school districts you may contact your school’s counseling office or one of the Family Support Center Counselors:

Tracey Lewis, Program Director (585) 491-1699