The Consultation Center seeks to promote health, wellness, and positive social change and to prevent individual and social problems and inequities. It does so by partnering with community stakeholders to: develop, implement, and evaluate community-based programs; train and consult to health and human service professionals, agencies, and systems; advocate for underserved, victimized, or marginalized children, adults, and families; and conduct community-based research. Stakeholder partners of the Center include parents, youth, health and social service professionals and agencies, schools, coalitions, policymakers, and community leaders. The Consultation Center, Inc. is affiliated with the Yale University Department of Psychiatry and the Connecticut Mental Health Center to carry out this mission. The Youth Development Training and Resource Center (YDTRC) and Elder Services are programs of The Consultation Center. YTDRC focuses on adolescents, their families, and youth-serving organizations and communities, and Elder Services focuses on seniors, the organizations that serve them, and their communities.
Founded and located in New Haven, for more than 40 years the Center has been a cooperative endeavor of the Yale Department of Psychiatry, the Connecticut Mental Health Center, and The Consultation Center, Inc., a private, nonprofit community organization. With more than 100 full- and part-time staff, students, and volunteers from all walks of life and professional disciplines, the Center carries out its work at multiple levels – individuals, families, peers, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, community organizations, municipalities, and states. Many of the Center’s staff serve on federal, state, and/or municipal advisory boards and most volunteer their time to support the work of philanthropic or charitable organizations consistent with the Center’s mission. The Center’s work is supported by a variety of sources, including grants and contracts from federal, state, and municipal agencies and foundations; fees from businesses and private organizations, and individuals donors. Although based in New Haven, Center staff carry its mission all over Connecticut and in other states and countries.
The Youth Development Training and Resource Center (YDTRC) is the Center’s largest initiative involving adolescents, their families, and their community. In collaboration with the Citywide Youth Coalition and other community agencies that serve adolescents and their families, YDTRC was founded in 1994 as Connecticut’s only training center focused exclusively on youth development, thus filling a unique gap in the youth-serving system in New Haven and across the state. YDTRC is especially important locally as a respected intermediary capable of providing a range of essential supports for youth leaders, staff and agency supervisors, as well as funders of youth programs. For over 20 years, YDTRC has been an advocate for youth and committed to involving youth in issues that affect their futures, such as relations with police, preventing underage drinking, and addressing youth violence. Of note, is YDTRC's ability to maximize community involvement across the state and successful efforts to secure both public and private sector support to keep youth development a high priority in Connecticut.
Elder Services at The Consultation Center, which is part of the Adult Services Program, is one of the oldest programs of the Center. Elder Services includes a variety of support and capacity building services to elder-serving agencies and service providers, and also provides support and respite services to seniors raising grandchildren. This longstanding intergenerational program helps grandparents navigate the challenges of parenting while providing mutual support through various educational and social activities to reduce subsequent health risks for children and grandparents.
Top accomplishments in the past year include: 1) extensive capacity building initiatives to carry out the Center’s mission in New Haven, throughout Connecticut, and in various cities and states; 2) implementation of prevention programs and services, including program development, monitoring of fidelity and impact, and dissemination of findings; 3) carrying out community-based participatory research and evaluation initiatives in Connecticut, the U.S., and internationally; 4) continued excellence in collaboration with Yale University to support interdisciplinary training programs focused on culturally-grounded prevention, health promotion, and community-based services and research; and, 5) ability to leverage funding from multiple sources for work in prevention, positive youth development, and health promotion.
Jacob Kraemer Tebes, Ph.D. is Executive Director of The Consultation Center, Inc. and a Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology), Child Study Center, and Public Health at the Yale University School of Medicine. A clinical/community psychologist, he is also the Director of the Division of Prevention and Community Research at Yale, and the Chief Psychologist of the Connecticut Mental Health Center.
As current President and member of The Consultation Center’s (TCC) Board of Directors since 1984, I am continually impressed with the dedication and unique qualifications of both professional and administrative staff at the Center. I am proud to be the president of TCC, a non-profit center that is uniquely situated within the Yale Medical School, Division of Prevention and Community Research, a collaborating partner with the CT Mental Health Center, and closely connected with local communities for program planning, project development, training and consultation, research and evaluation on an array of services for children or youth, families, agencies, networks and numerous public and private sector funders.
The Center’s emphasis over the past 40 years on lifespan development, evidence-based practices, independent research and program evaluation has earned TCC a great deal of well-deserved respect and recognition within the field of prevention. The staff and trainees (pre/postdoctoral, masters level and interns) working at TCC address significant issues that face individuals, their families, and the larger community, such as the prevention of AIDS and domestic violence, support of grandparents raising grandchildren, and training youth workers to foster positive youth development and reduce risky behaviors. To accomplish our goals, the Board and the staff, including outside consultants, regularly engage numerous local community collaborators, public and private sector funders, and involve community residents (youth, adults, elderly) as well as key community leaders and state decision-makers.
Our challenges within TCC echo the needs of the larger non-profit sector, i.e., managing the administrative needs of multiple projects, complying with multiple funding sources, assuring quality training, research and evaluation activities, and maintaining programming over time by qualified staff. In particular, we balance our work with the demands of Yale faculty and staff who must answer to additional criteria for promotion. As is common in the non-profit arena, we also face fluctuating priorities, diminishing state and federal funds, and competition for limited or targeted public or foundation funding.
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Satisfaction Surveys and focus groups are done on a formal and informal basis throughout the year. Interviews of grandfamilies, grandchildren and service providers are done randomly and in accord with specific requirements of funders. Outcome measures are established as required by each funder. Members can voice comments and/or concerns at any time.
The Consultation Center, Inc. (TCC) works in partnership with local, state and national organizations and funding sources to support youth and adult development, and provide prevention services, research, and training. Our mission promotes the development of individuals and families, prevents mental disorders, and enhances the effectiveness of mental health and human services. TCC staff, consultants, and trainees have provided services and conducted research for over 30 years. An interdisciplinary approach with both consumers and professionals, and an asset-based, preventive orientation are unique features of our work. We draw on the multiple perspectives of psychology, social work, education, psychiatry, public health, and administration, and serve as a training site for individuals at the Masters, Pre-Doctoral, and Post-Doctoral levels. Collaboration with providers and academic institutions assures quality services in two areas: prevention and health promotion, and service system development or capacity-building. Prevention programs are designed and tailored for individuals and families across the life span for children, adolescents, and adults. Service system development builds the capacity of various organizations as well as assist broader delivery systems at all levels.
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