During the COVID-19 pandemic, CEC has offered a telehealth option for all services. Telehealth has provided individuals with more convenient and sometimes, more affordable mental health services. CEC leverages user-friendly and HIPAA compliant platforms to conduct telehealth sessions. 

Outpatient Mental Health Services

Supportive Psychotherapy: Utilizing a variety of therapeutic techniques and interventions, the goal of psychotherapy is to help reduce, eliminate, or control troublesome or distressing aspects of a person’s life, thus allowing them to function more effectively and increase their overall well-being.  

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT): TF-CBT is an evidence-based method of psychotherapy that has consistently been found to be one of the most effective treatments of trauma in children and adolescents. In this evidence-based model, trauma experienced by children is addressed gradually and in a supportive environment. Services are provided by professionally trained counselors and applied in a safe setting with children up to age 18 and their caregiver. Sessions utilizing TF-CBT typically occur over a period of 12 to 16 weeks. (

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a method of psychotherapy that empowers people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of distressing and/or traumatic life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy, people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. (

Biopsychosocial Evaluation for Bariatric and other cosmetic surgeries: An assessment of an individual for bariatric/cosmetic surgery is often required by surgical centers and insurance companies. This evaluation helps to identify contraindications for surgery, and assists in gaining a better understanding of an individual’s motivation, readiness, and behavioral/emotional challenges that may impact their coping and adjustment through surgery and the associated lifestyle changes.

Below is a table of specialty areas that can be addressed by CEC staff.

AdoptionAnger ManagementBehavioral IssuesBipolar Disorder
Child or AdolescentCoping SkillsDivorceIntimate Partner Violence
Family ConflictGriefRelationship IssuesSchool Issues
Mood DisordersPersonality DisordersSexualitySelf-Esteem

Family Resolution Program

Supervised Parenting Program (SPP): SPP provides a safe and child-friendly environment for non-custodial parents to visit children without interference by custodial parents or other partner.   

Co-Parenting Counseling and Mediation: This service helps parents in conflict develop a more cooperative approach to the responsibilities of raising their children and to reach co-parenting agreements that better serve the best interests of their children. 

Reunification Therapy: This type of therapy helps to reunite parents with children from whom they have been estranged due to issues such as divorce, parental alienation, etc.  

Therapeutic Supervised Parenting Program (TSPP): TSPP is similar to SPP but includes a therapeutic component. 

Comprehensive Adolescent Program (CAP)

Morris Office Only

This program was developed as a joint endeavor between CEC and the Youth Services Commission with grant funding provided by the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC). CAP offers community-based case management, individual and group psychoeducational services to high risk juveniles and their families involved with the Superior Court, Family Division, Family Crisis Intervention Unit (FCIU), Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P), Caring Partners (CMO), or other community service providers.

CAP provides adolescents with a combination of case management and community-based rehabilitative services to prevent their involvement/re-involvement with juvenile court and/or the detention center. This program offers individual psychoeducation and six psychoeducational groups including: Positive Decision Making, Healthy Choices, Coping Skills, Conflict Resolution, Job Skills, and Life Skills. Program case managers provide comprehensive services including devising individual case plans and providing family support. CAP also provides supervised community service for adolescents to complete court-ordered community service hours on site. Community referrals are welcome.

Substance Abuse Assessments

CEC provides substance abuse (drugs and alcohol) assessment services for adolescents and adults. Written reports are provided to referral sources, including the court, probation, mental health agencies, attorneys, etc. The assessments determine whether or not substance abuse services are needed. If services are needed, recommendations are made regarding the level of service, ranging from early intervention services to inpatient rehabilitation services.  Below is a list of the types of assessments provided.

  • Substance Abuse Urine Screening 
  • Substance Abuse Assessment 
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Assessment 
  • Extended Substance Abuse Assessment with random urine monitoring (over two months) and collateral interview

Forensic Services

Forensic Assessments: CEC performs assessments and provides mental health services to at-risk families and juveniles. The Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P) and the Superior Court have come to rely on and trust the quality of CEC’s work. Referrals for this service can be made by DCP&P or on a fee for service basis to assist individuals in need of risk assessments for legal reasons. The Forensic Assessment is a comprehensive assessment that addresses multiple potential risk issues such as mental illness, intimate partner violence, substance abuse, child abuse and neglect, and may include an examination of specific events within the context of the referral. 

Mental Health Assessments

CEC also provides mental health assessments to individuals on a fee for service basis. Mental health assessments will result in a mental health diagnosis, where applicable, as well as recommendations for services, if needed.  

Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth Program (TLC)

Jessica Large, Coordinator of Outpatient Services, is the coordinator of the TLC for Sussex County, New Jersey, which includes hosting quarterly coalition meetings, providing training and consultation, and responding to onsite traumatic losses for youth serving organizations.

The TLC is based out of RBHS-University Behavioral HealthCare and is New Jersey’s primary youth suicide prevention program and is funded by the Department of Children and Families, Children’s System of Care. The TLC is an interactive, statewide network that offers education, collaboration, and support to professionals working with school-age youth.

The dual mission of the TLC is excellence in suicide prevention and trauma response assistance to schools following unfortunate losses due to suicide, homicide, accident and illness. This is accomplished through county, regional and statewide conferences, training, consultation, and technical assistance. The purpose is to ensure that those working with youth from a variety of disciplines and programs have up-to-date knowledge about mental health issues, suicide prevention, trauma response, and resiliency enhancement.

For more information on the TLC, please contact