Another unique fact about EFC is that it has endured for 39 years in the community of Edmond by upholding its standards of integrity and client welfare to all those who seek its services. Sliding scales were developed so that those with the least resources as well as those with the greatest could access quality services at an affordable cost.
Multiple contracts with various local and state governmental entities have helped support counseling and psycho-educational services. Added to these contracts have been client fees, donations from individuals, groups, businesses and grants that have provided for a total range of services. Donors have been able to see that funds donated help match those of contracts and have brought the respect of our citizens, our city, public schools, local philanthropic organizations and our state.
EFC has a uniquely qualified staff comprised of individuals who all have come to the agency as practicum students through the EFC Intern Training Program, an acclaimed training program for graduate students in the counseling field. The staff together has well over 100 years of combined experience in counseling. From 1974 to the present, only four directors have provided executive leadership for the agency. The tenure of the EFC staff and administration has exhibited a rare point of uniqueness in the not for profit world.
A final unique quality at EFC has been its programming, including the 24-Hour On-Call Program. Licensed, experienced therapists have been available any time of the day or night to those in the community who may have been in need of crisis intervention services. This level of accessibility and quality of care has been truly unique.
Edmond Family Counseling (EFC) was completely unknown to me until a church friend/board member invited me to attend a couple of meetings to see if serving on the board would be of interest. I did, it was, and I joined the board in late 2011. Since then, the excellent people at EFC, their integrity and the high caliber of their work has become manifest, as has the local need for our services. It is an organization I am proud to serve, support financially and recommend to anyone in the potential client population.
Working closely with the Edmond Municipal Court, EFC provides court assessment services (PAS) to juvenile offenders and their families prior to sentencing. Edmond Family Counseling provides a number of diversion programs offered to juvenile offenders after sentencing. The FIRST TIME OFFENDERS PROGRAM is a research based psycho-educational program to assist both the juvenile and family with communication skills, anger management strategies, values development, goal setting and decision making skills. AWARE is a court ordered therapeutic group provided to assist juveniles with substance abuse issues. WHAT MATTERS MOST and WITHIN MY REACH are two programs focused on teaching adolescent offenders value and character development. In addition to the above programs, EFC also offers a weekly YOGA class to support community youth with stress reduction and healthy living instruction.
Community Partner Edmond Public Schools
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Edmond Family Counseling, Inc. views challenges and opportunities as coming “hand in hand”. With every new challenge, there is the potential to identify and respond to the opportunity at hand.
Some of the challenges facing EFC at this juncture in time involve technology. This agency would like to have an electronic record system that is compatible with the state systems we are mandated to use for our contracts and that are adapted to the process and needs of counseling documentation and file maintenance. EFC will also need a new server with greater capacity, new work stations and software and expanded electronic protection.
The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health in 2015 announced that they want all contract providers to be completely electronic within three years. If this department is moving toward the stated goal, then other state departments will follow. This challenge has brought greater emphasis on efforts to obtain alternative funding for EFC.
Another factor in technology needs for EFC is a point of sale electronic system which would be customized to divide receipt of our various revenue streams. This would be extremely helpful to our bookkeeping and to our auditors as well as to our reception staff and our budgeting process.
The EFC Board of Directors and its staff members have discussed methods of additional funding in the annual strategic planning meeting and new fee-based programs have evolved from this process.
A group which came out of this planning process is the Parenting Through Divorce Group. This legislation, House Bill 2249 mandated judges to order groups for couples in Oklahoma who are going through a divorce on the grounds of incompatibility and who have minor children. Group topics include those mandated by statute: short and long-term effects of divorce on child well-being, effects of family violence on children, child behaviors and emotional states during and after divorce, how to respond to the child’s needs, communication strategies to reduce conflict, cooperative co-parenting, reconciliation as an optional outcome and what to do in cases of child abuse or family violence. Though the fees are also set by the state, this is a program which the agency board and staff believe is critical in recovery from divorce and may also lead to referrals for individual or family counseling.
Another group to come from the strategic planning is a group for level three ADSAC offenders. This is a fee-based group which provides specific therapeutic techniques for those interested in achieving or maintaining sobriety.
Innovative groups like those listed, combined with fundraising efforts annually and consistent efforts to enlist donations combine to help EFC meet the challenges currently.
Edmond Family is facing another challenge which is common to all of our community. The rapid growth and expansion of the City of Edmond has brought residents, government officials, school personnel and businesses to the realization that Edmond is quickly becoming an urban community. With this advancement comes specific challenges to the community and to EFC. Location must be addressed and evaluated annually as the city changes and grows. Expansion of facility space and equipment as well as staff and programs must also be evaluated annually and both short-and long-terms goals set in place for growth. Community needs assessments must be distributed, collected and analyzed for changing trends in the community. Continued collaboration among community partners is vital for the evolution of the agency and the community.
With a history of more than 41 years in the City of Edmond, Edmond Family Counseling looks forward to the challenges and opportunities afforded to this agency, its board and staff, by the growth and expansion of our city, its businesses, organizations, institutions and its residents in the twenty-first century. The next 40 years should bring great strides in every area of life in the community.
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