The Specialty Center for Youth Interventions

Today’s children and teens face many challenges— at home, at school and with friends. Concerns may arise related to a child or adolescent’s behavior or related to a traumatic event they have experienced. Poor school performance, temper tantrums, lack of confidence—these are all ways that children show us when they are in need of extra support.

The Specialty Center for Youth Interventions at JFS provides assistance to children and their families so they will successfully meet these challenges. State-of-the-art, evidenced-based interventions are provided by a team of experts, specially trained to work with youth and their families.

The Specialty Center for Youth Interventions represents a new chapter in a program which began at JFS nearly two decades ago. Department of Children’s Behavioral Health Services (DCBHS) continues to fund these efforts and has charged JFS to bring additional evidenced-based programs to our community in an outpatient setting. The term evidenced-based means that a program meets guidelines for having an established track record of success. By bringing The Specialty Center for Youth Interventions to the community, JFS will round out the programs available to children and families in our region.

​Parent Management Training (PMT)

Parent Management Training (PMT) is a successful approach developed by Dr. Alan Kazdin of Yale University for child and early adolescent behavior concerns. Whether parents are concerned about common behavior problems such as temper tantrums and refusal to do chores or severe aggression, PMT can help. Sessions are held with the parent(s)/caregiver and youth and when necessary, siblings are included. PMT generally requires 12-16 meetings. The program is designed for children ages 3-14 years old.

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)

About one in four American children will experience a traumatic event by the age of 16. These events may include an unexpected death in the family, a car accident or abuse. Although some children and adolescents may recover quickly after adversity, traumatic experiences can result in significant disruptions in child or adolescent development with serious long-term consequences. Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) has been shown to reduce trauma symptoms in children and adolescents. These improvements last long after treatment ends.

Staff

Nina Stolzenberg, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 15 years of experience providing assessment services, individual treatment, consultation with schools and medical professionals, family therapy and parent training for families with children with behavioral, medical and developmental concerns.

Naomi Jones, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents with disruptive behaviors, traumatic experiences, and anxiety disorders. Dr. Jones has 14 years of experience conducting psychological assessments and providing therapeutic interventions with children and adolescents in various settings including juvenile detention, medical hospital, residential care, and outpatient services.

Program staff are highly-trained Master’s level therapists, licensed in the state of New Jersey, with years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families.

Fees

Jewish Family Service assures top quality care for our clients with a low-cost competitive billing structure. We accept many third party insurance reimbursements including Medicaid. Sliding-scale fees available based on need and verification.