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Tarleton Center for Child Well-Being

March 18, 2020

(En Español)

As a part of Tarleton State University's Emergency Response to COVID-19, the Tarleton Center for Child Well-being has suspended services until further notice. Should you need assistance, email is the preferred means of communication. Dr. Robertson can be reached directly at srobertson@tarleton.edu.

Up to date information on Tarleton's response to the situation can be found on Tarleton's COVID-19 website.

We recognize that families may feel overwhelmed and may be seeking resources. The following websites offer evidence-based recommendations for talking to your children, managing anxiety, and maintaining routines in these uncertain times.

In order to help your children feel safe and secure, it is helpful to establish and maintain routines. Visual schedules are helpful for both parents and children. Establish a specific location to complete academic work this should be dedicated for work and it should be clear that when children are in this area, they are expected to go to school; and complete academic work. Parents should work to be consistent and predictable, responsive to children's questions, and offer calm reassurance and nurturing. This is a stressful time, and children are likely to seek extra affection, struggle to manage emotions, and may tantrum more frequently. This is understandable, given the significant disruption in routines. To the extent possible, respond consistently, with calm reassurance and clear problem-solving.

Children wellbeing

Our Vision is to connect caregivers and children with evidence-based psychological and behavioral health resources that are easy to access, understand, and utilize with the express purpose of early intervention to address problematic thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in children. 

 

About Us

The Tarleton Center for Child Well-Being(TCCW) is a multidisciplinary child service center affiliated with Tarleton State University. We provide psychological, behavioral health, and consultation services to families of school-aged children in our community at a reasonable cost by utilizing supervised trainees in service delivery. In addition to working directly with families, the TCCW works with agencies, schools, and programs serving children. The TCCW works with children through age 16.

Our Impact

Stephenville has been designated a Health Provider Shortage Area for mental health services by the federal government. We know that the best way to reduce the impact of mental health problems is by identifying and treating them early. The Texas State House Select Committee on Mental Health Report identified school-age children, or those involved in the school system as a group with increased need for mental health services. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry says that early onset of child mental illness is predictive of lower school achievement and increased burden on the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. A local facility will mean fewer children are referred to the metroplex for psychological evaluation and treatment.