Parent Counseling

Did you know Outreach Teen & Family Services is not just for your kids? If you are the parent or family member of a child who is struggling, Outreach has counselors who can meet with you regarding your concerns. Our counselors specialize in parenting issues as well as how to deal with a child who is defiant, feeling overwhelmed, refuses to talk to you, and many other stressors affecting kids today.

Parent Consultation

In response to the needs of the communities Outreach serves, Outreach has implemented a new FREE service called a Parent Consultation.

From time to time, every parent is confronted with issues in which they feel “stuck.” Maybe your child is going through a new phase or stage of development and your normal bag of tricks are just not as effective.  Maybe the issue is totally new to you as a parent and you are unsure of how to even begin to approach the problem.  During a parent consultation, you will meet with a counselor who will work to understand the current struggle and together you will develop a written parenting plan to implement at home. The counselor will provide you with additional resources and referrals when appropriate. You will also receive a follow-up phone call from the counselor in a week or two to see how the plan is working.

Parent Discussion Series

Outreach is presenting a series of FREE Parenting Discussions on challenges facing parents today. The discussions are facilitated by Outreach counselor Elizabeth Rychcik, MA, LPC, and held at local libraries in the South Hills.  Topics previously covered include:

  • Homework and Other Battles
  • Stop Talking so Your Teen Will Listen
  • Teen Drug & Alcohol Use: Don’t be in the Dark
  • Kick-Start Confidence:  The Keys to Building Your Child’s Self-esteem
  • Technology Teens: Parenting in the World of iPhones and Facebook
  • Taming Tempers: Anger Management for Parents and Children
  • Motivations for Misbehavior

Parenting Workshop–COMING SOON!!! Utilizing the curriculum from Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (S.T.E.P.) Teen
Available to groups of 5 or more; contact the office for more information

Discover effective parenting skills that will benefit you and your family. Parenting Workshops are based on the STEP Program (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) and offers parents down-to-earth, practical ways to meet the challenges of raising today’s teenager. It enables parents to help their teens behave responsibly in the face of today’s social pressures. It also assist parents who want their relationship with teens to be more satisfying and enjoyable.

The program deals with a number of special challenges faced by parents of teenagers: their teen’s growing independence and increased social pressures; dating, curfews, and use of cars; part-time jobs, career plans, and the increase importance of school work; relating to other adults who have problems with their teen; lying, stealing, anger, violence; use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; sexual activity, and pregnancy.

Through systematic presentation of concepts and skills, Parenting Positively seeks to help parents:

  • Understand a practical theory of human behavior that can be applied to parent-teen relationships
  • Understand emotions of both teens and parents
  • Encourage teens more effectively
  • Improve communications between parents and teens so that all feel they are being heard and understood
  • Develop skills for listening, resolving conflicts, and exploring alternatives
  • Learn to prevent discipline problems
  • Learn to use natural and logical consequences as methods of corrective discipline
  • Prevent and resolve challenging problems
  • Become aware of how building their own self-esteem, developing the courage to be imperfect, and being responsible for their own actions can help parents improve relationships with teens

Getting Started with Parenting Positively Classes
What is my commitment?

This program requires your attendance at four consecutive 1.5 hour sessions. There are also some assignments from each group session. The main commitment is in your heart and mind.

How much does it cost?
The total cost of the four week session is $75/person or $125/couple, which includes a handbook. 



Aggression Replacement Training (ART)

A 30 hour intervention program to help adolescents improve social skill competence and moral reasoning, better manage anger, and reduce aggressive behavior.  The program specifically targets chronically aggressive youth who have been referred by the Allegheny County juvenile justice system.  Two Master’s degree level counselors facilitate this group three times per year.

Participants’ Quotes:

“I haven’t been angry for weeks, not even irritated.”

At the start of one ART program, a student said, “I don’t care about ANYBODY.”  During the seventh week of the program, the same student said, “Where is Michelle [another participant]? I was just wondering if she is okay.”

Speak Up! 

Teaches girls effective negotiation skills. Negotiation skills can assist girls in:

  • Good decision making
  • Improving relationships
  • Reducing conflict
  • Taking more control over their lives

Learning to negotiate enables girls to create positive options for themselves and to resist the pressure to engage in activities that put their safety, health, and future in jeopardy. Negotiation skills empower girls to take their own voices seriously.

Choices – Drug & Alcohol Education Program for Teens

For any young person in need of education on how to deal with the pressures of alcohol/other drug use so they can make better decisions.

Outreach’s Choices program is designed as an opportunity to help families find answers. Our aim is to reduce substance abuse among adolescents by supporting families and educating teens.

The Choices program does not assume that every teen entering it has firmly set upon the road to addiction. The goals of this educational program are to help prevent re-occurrence of the previous behavior, helping teens make better decisions in the future.

If the teen was referred by a judge, Outreach will inform the magistrate of enrollment, successful completion and other relevant information.

Schedule for Teens

Teens sessions are the third Saturday of every month,
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Registration is mandatory – no walk-ins.

Schedule for Parents

A separate parent session is held on the same Saturday as the teen session,
Noon—1:00 p.m.
Attendance by one or both parents is highly recommended.


$175 is due before the first class.


(412) 561-5405 or

You can also register in person at the Outreach office:
666 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15228
Office hours: M-F, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Class size is limited.

Participants’ Quotes:

“I learned about what the long-term effects of drugs and alcohol, rather than the short-term, “in the moment” effects that’ll make me reconsider drinking/doing drugs.”

“I learned how dangerous and serious even small amounts of drugs/alcohol are. All of the consequences aren’t worth it.”

“We reviewed various types of harmful drugs. It has made me realize that I have to think twice before I decide to do something that can be potentially harmful to me. At first I was dreading the class but it was actually kind of fun.”

Parents’ Quotes:

“The facilitator was very conscientious and knowledgeable and was of great help in understanding the dangers of underage drinking.”

“I would love to see [this program] as a mandatory high school requirement.”

“The instructor was very knowledgeable and easy to understand. The kids in this class are getting a good education!” 


In-School Programs

Outreach provides counselors on-site at schools to serve the students who are having behavioral or emotional problems which disrupt the educational process for themselves and others in the classroom.  Currently, Outreach has counselors at Chartiers Houston School District.