Council for Relationships’ work with underserved communities

Founded in 1932, Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help people from all walks of life improve their important relationships by providing exemplary therapy, educating and training clinicians in the family systems approach, and advancing the behavioral health field through research.

The net proceeds of this event will support Council’s work with underserved communities:

Community Partnerships Initiative

Council provides free counseling services through partnerships with 14 organizations that serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness, economically disadvantaged students, and immigrants and refugees at sites including Project HOME, Red Cross House, Southwark School, and Nationalities Service Center.

Low-Fee Therapy

Therapy services are provided on a sliding scale, including by closely-supervised interns, which allows access to services regardless of ability to pay. The scale is based on income and no one is turned away due to financial limitations. Nationally-renowned behavioral health leadership in Philadelphia has lauded the care provided by Council’s closely-supervised interns as providing access to many people who would not otherwise receive high-quality therapy.

Operation Home and Healing

Operation Home and Healing provides counseling by specially-trained therapists for Veterans, active service members, and their families. This fiscal year, ending in June 2019, Council is on-track to increase the number of people served through this program by 50%. Military cultural competency training is also provided to behavioral health care providers at Council and in the area, so that even more Veterans, active service members, and their families will benefit from therapy that is most effective for them.

Transcending Trauma Project

Since 1991, the Transcending Trauma Project (TTP) has examined how 98 Holocaust survivors have coped, adapted, and rebuilt their lives. Including 218 interviews of the children and grandchildren of the Holocaust survivors, TTP is one of the only – if not the only – such project to study the resulting intergenerational transmission of trauma and to focus on family dynamics as an indicator for coping and resilience. TTP is completing a strategic plan to apply lessons learned to help others experiencing trauma, particularly underserved communities including refugees, victims of genocide, and people living in poverty.

Steve Treat is very pleased that the net proceeds of the Tribute Dinner in his honor will be used to support this critical work with these underserved communities to continue to build upon Council’s impact in our region.