While the symbolic family system and family circle attract
an extraordinary response from both functioning and
dysfunctioning neighborhood youth, a small percentage
of youth and families do respond to more traditional
mental health services. For such clients, individual,
group and family therapies are provided by
the Unitas model, in addition to traditional diagnostic psychosocial assessment
procedures and treatment planning, emphasis is placed on mobilization
of all natural social network influences found to bear on problem resolution
by involving individuals who are significant in the
child's life in the treatment process such as teachers, close neighbors,
relatives and caretakers.
Unitas provides consultation and human relations
training to teachers, community residents, clergy, human service workers
and neighborhood youth to help them develop therapeutic community structures
and psychological skills for more effective work among their own clientele.