Prevention & Clinical Services
The RIC-AAU offers affordable, culturally-sensitive and language-specific counseling services for immigrants and refugees. Services are open to all residents of the Salt Lake County. We are licensed by Utah Department of Human Services to provide outpatient services in substance abuse, domestic violence and general mental health programs. Our clients are adults, youth, and their families. Services include individual, family, and group counseling.
The agency's therapists' training in diversity sensitivity provides measurable and outcome-based substance abuse and mental health services. The RIC-AAU's central goal is to improve emotional and social functioning. Treatment is individualized and can be conducted in English, Spanish, or the native language of the adult, youth, and their family.
Our agency's prevention component provides unique holistic approach for refugee and other immigrant youth ages K-12 and their parents. In our years of experience, we have seen noticeable vulnerability to substance abuse or emotional turmoil due to trauma. Little to no education in the country of origin also has been discovered to contribute to their propensity to increased challenges in adjusting to U.S. culture. Most youth are referred by local school counselors or principals, courts, peer court, other refugee service providers, and other government agencies such as the Department of Child and Family Services.
Our department objectives focus on assisting with the following common challenges among refugee and immigrant youth and their families:
- Dropout prevention
- Family crisis intervention
- Academic assistance
- Social skills building
- Parent support and information
- Parenting classes
The RIC-AAU attempts to increase school bonding and commitment, family cohesion, improved parenting skills, awareness of U.S. laws, social responsibility, and the maintenance of the individual's self-esteem. The RIC-AAU is committed to achieving these objectives while helping youth and families retain their cultural identity.
Activities & Services Offered
- Weekly individual one-on-one counseling
- Home visits
- Counselor or school team meetings
- Attendance and advocacy at court appointments
- Competency development through psycho-educational and social learning techniques
- Recreational therapy through planned group activities
Clients and their referral source benefit from use of our unique in-house multilingual staff and related support services.
Model Parenting Programs
- Dare to Be You
Parents of children 4 to 5 years old attend a series of 12 workshops that greatly improve parents' knowledge and understanding of appropriate child management strategies, their sense of competence and satisfaction in being a parent, and the development level of their children.
- Parenting Wisely
Parents of children in late elementary grades through high school are taught multimedia tools to resolve common conflicts that arise in the home. A series of scenarios and related discussions are also used to complement the program. Eight one-hour sessions are offered in individual homes or in small groups.