Faulk Center For Counseling Receives Grant from The Jim Moran Foundation for Schools Preventive Counseling Program

Monday, October 27, 2014
Boca Raton - The Faulk Center for Counseling is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $57,000 grant from The Jim Moran Foundation for the Schools Preventive Counseling Program for the 2014-2015 academic year. In addition, The Foundation approved a dollar-for-dollar challenge grant for 2015 that will allow the center to leverage new funding for this important program.

Since 2004, The Foundation has invested close to $450,000 in the Faulk Center with over $300,000 specifically for the Schools Preventive Counseling Program. This collaborative effort among parents, caregivers, teachers, school guidance counselors and the Faulk Center works to address the mental health needs of at-risk elementary and middle school children. During the 2013-2014 school year, the program provided counseling services to 191 children in ten Palm Beach County Title 1 schools.

In a safe, supportive setting, through both structured and unstructured activities, children in the program learn and repeatedly practice problem solving, decision making, interpersonal skills, and emotional self-control. This increases their sense of self and encourages them to separate from peers who make risky, problematic choices such as self-injurious behavior or joining a gang. Ultimately these factors help divert children from a trajectory of increasing violence and are also considered the best predictors of a child’s ability to continue in school and prepare for a meaningful, productive future.

“We are truly grateful for the partnership and support of The Jim Moran Foundation,” states Dr. Holly Katz, Clinical Director at the Faulk Center. “The impact of this program has been impressive and demonstrates that our program is effective in improving children’s social and emotional functioning along with academic progress and school attendance.”

About the Faulk Center for Counseling

The Faulk Center for Counseling, formerly the Center for Group Counseling, has been providing free and low-cost mental health services since 1973. The Faulk Center provides psychological and mental health counseling to people of all ages from children to the elderly, including individual, couples and families plus support groups for specific concerns including Caregivers, Divorce and Separated, Men’s, Women’s and Senior’s Issues. Groups are led by graduate students pursuing doctoral and master’s degrees and are co-led by volunteer group leaders. All volunteers and graduate students are trained and supervised by the Faulk Center for Counseling’s staff of licensed clinical professionals. For more information, visit www.faulkcenterforcounseling.org or call 561-483-5300.

About The Jim Moran Foundation

Founded by automotive pioneer Jim Moran, the mission of The Jim Moran Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Florida through the support of innovative programs and opportunities that meet the ever-changing needs of the community. The Foundation has invested more than $50 million in education, elder care, family strengthening, after school and youth transitional living initiatives since its inception in 2000 with efforts currently focused in Broward, Palm Beach and Duval counties. Through a long-term Grant Agreement, The Foundation's significant funders are JM Family Enterprises, Inc., and its subsidiaries, including Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC. It is located at 100 Jim Moran Blvd., Deerfield Beach, Fla. 33442. To learn more, visit www.jimmoranfoundation.org or call (954) 429-2122.