Community Involvement

In addition to our core counseling and therapy service, we provide a number of community based services in partnership with other community organizations. We also have an extensive history in working with the local government in an effort to promote policies and practices which ensure the health and safety of residents of Northeast Georgia. The following are examples of these collaborations with links provided for those services currently available:

  1. Childrenís Victim Assistance Program (VAP) implemented in partnership with The Cottage Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center;     
  2. The Northeast Georgia Employee Assistance Program (EAP), implemented through a consortium of area employers to ensure that employees with personal problems have confidential access to the help they need and that participating companies have proactive policies concerning employees with health and personal problems;                            
  3. Veterans Readjustment Counseling implemented through a contract with The Veterans Administration and in partnership with the Lawrenceville Vet Center;
  4. Musician Assistance Program, developed as a resource for and in collaboration with Nuci Space
  5. Children in the Middle, a divorce education program addressing childrenís adjustment to divorce initiated in Clarke County by FCS in collaboration with then Superior Court Judge Joseph Gaines and with input from the local Bar Association. (1990-present);
  6. The Athens Clarke County DUI-Drug Court, a public safety program initiated in 2000 by Judge Kent Lawrence and continued today under the direction of Judge Charles Auslander. Family Counseling Services provides substance abuse and addiction treatment for participants with multiple DUIís. (2000-present);
  7. Family Violence Program, a batters intervention program initiated by The Solicitor Generalís office in 1990 with FCS providing group counseling required by the Solicitor. A similar effort was later initiated by the State as a ďFamily Violence intervention ProgramĒ (FVIP), now required by state law for those arrested on family violence charges. FCS has continued to provide this service and is a state certified FVIP provider. (1990-present);
  8. Student Assistance Program (SAP), an alcohol and drug education and prevention program implemented with funding secured by FCS and implemented through the Athens Clarke county School system from 1976 through 1980. In 1980 the SAP function was integrated into the school systemís School Social Work program. (1986-1990)
  9. The Youth Services Bureau (YSB) and the Youth Diversion Program (YDP), both implemented in collaboration with The Juvenile Court and the Athens Police Department with FCS providing counseling for troubled teens and their families. (1974-1980);