Clinical and Intervention Services Department
The Clinical and Intervention Services Department (CISD) is the secondary program of the Association. It provides, an out-patient basis, social as well as psychological and psychiatric services and intervention to children, adolescents, and adults with emotional and behavioral problems and/or mental disorders. The CISD team also implements out-patient vocational and psychosocial therapeutic programs for mental health consumers.
The CISD provides holistic mental health services to clients and their families as well as client-centered intervention programs to children and adolescents with special needs. The CISD professionals work together as a multi-disciplinary team to ensure that the clients’ mental health needs are properly addressed. The evaluation, treatment, and therapeutic methods used by the CISD Team are responsive and based on the best practices in their respective fields of expertise.
The following are the CISD Programs and Services:
I. Social Services (SS)
The Social Services is the frontline service of CISD which provides triaging and assistance to clients/service users and family members. The Social Services emphasizes the importance of the family in holistic client care and works not only with the client, but also strengthens the involvement of the family in the helping process. Through the Family Support Group (FSG), one of the programs under Social Services, family members and caregivers of the mental health consumers and clients are given opportunities to learn better ways of caring for mental health consumers as well as themselves by sharing their concerns with one another and attending psycho-educational or relevant learning sessions.
The Social Services staff ensure that clients and their families are equipped with the knowledge and care skills needed in the management of their client-family members. The team evaluates the client’s needs and makes the necessary recommendations and referral to the members of the CISD multi-disciplinary team. Likewise, under the Social Services is the Medicine Program of the PMHAI and indigent clients are the priority beneficiary of the medicine program.
II. Psychiatric Services
Diagnostic and treatment services are provided by the CISD Psychiatrists, geared towards addressing the needs of clients with cognitive, emotional, and behavioural disorders. The Psychiatrists evaluate the clients’ condition, provide a diagnosis and recommend and/or implement various types of psychiatric interventions, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and other psychosocial interventions to address clients’ concerns.
III. Psychological Services
The CISD Psychologists conduct quality psychological evaluation, consultation, psychotherapy and/or counseling services to child, adolescent, and adult clients needing diagnostic assessment and specialized intervention services.
Psychologists also develop specialized intervention services for companies, institutions or people-at-risk in order to evaluate and address their specific mental health concerns.
IV. Internship Program
The CISD is a specialized training venue for undergraduate and graduate students of Psychology, Counseling, and Occupational Therapy. The CISD Internship program is geared to help students develop competence in providing Clinical and Mental Health Services to clients.
V. Intervention Services
A. Intervention Services for Children and Youth - Allied Mental Health Services
Occupational Therapy and Special Education
Occupational therapy is a client-centered health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through engagement in occupations with the primary goal of enabling individuals, groups, or communities in participating in everyday activities such as self-care, play, leisure, work, community tasks, and social participation that they want to do, need to do, and/or expected to do.
Special Education Tutorials is a one-on-one learning session and activities tailored to meet the needs of individuals in the area of learning and academic skills.
PMHAI’s CISD offers OT and SpEd sessions to clients referred by our multi-disciplinary team, as well as those referred by health professionals or educators from other agencies and institutions.
B. Adult Work Center (AWC)
The Adult Work Center operates an out-patient day care facility and sheltered workshop for recovered and recovering psychiatric patients/ Mental Health Consumers.
C. Psychosocial Program
The IS provides relevant psychosocial management and intervention programs that aim to restore, improve and maintain the psychosocial functioning of the Mental Health Consumers.
D. Programs for the Family
One of the AWC’s unique features is its inclusive program for the family of Mental Health Consumers. The Center recognizes the importance of family involvement in the therapeutic process of the mental health consumers. They conduct regular meetings and consultation with the family members and caregivers to keep them updated about the concerns of the consumers.
Aside from the three major services under CISD, the department also organizes the following special projects:
A special Thanksgiving Party held during Christmas Season organized for the clients and their families.
The CISD Team of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Counselors and Social Workers provide community-based diagnostic and intervention services to indigent clients who do not have access to mental health services.
A special sports event for clients held in the dry season. This annual activity is conducted face-to-face and put on hold depending on restrictions imposed by certain situations (e.g., COVID-19 pandemic).
Remote Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (RMHPSS)
The CISD collaborates with the Education and Advocacy Research Department through its Volunteer Program to provide solution-focused services with clients in need of immediate assistance and free services, especially for the indigent clients.
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