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No. It is the policy of the Youth Commission not to charge a fee for individual counseling, or for participation in any of the support groups that are facilitated by the Youth Advocate. The Youth Commission does welcome donations, in any amount and at any time during the year. Gift Cards (to discount stores like Walmart and Target) are especially appreciated. All monetary donations are deposited and held in a special fund that is maintained by the Town Accountant's Office and are not part of the Youth Commission's operating budget.
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It is the policy of the Dartmouth Youth Commission and the professional practice of the Youth Advocate, that all names and related information are kept strictly confidential. Only the Youth Advocate has access to client names and private information. Student interns and other volunteers who assist with various programs are also required to abide by a signed statement of confidentiality.
Generally no. The Youth Advocate can see anyone in an emergency or someone who is at risk, etc. But ongoing support and services are provided to Dartmouth Residents only.
No. Our agency does not provide psychotherapy in either individual or group settings.
The Youth Advocate is an employee of the Town of Dartmouth. The Youth Commission sets the policies of on-going programs. The Town Administrator, provides administrative supervision of the Youth Advocate.
The Youth Advocate's role involves counseling, crisis intervention, presentations, group facilitation, outreach and consultation with parents. The Youth Advocate typically works with children, early adolescents, and teens in office settings, home visits, and schools.