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Youth Counseling Team

The Counseling Team is the outreach and prevention branch of the Youth and Community Resources Section of the Police Department. We are a staff of skilled counselors who work with young people and their families with the goal of preventing crime and fostering positive interpersonal relationships and life skills.

Interviews are conducted at Police Athletic League (PAL) Centers, precincts, schools, counseling offices, resource centers and other community agencies. BCoPD has the largest team of non-sworn counselors devoted to crime prevention in the country. For information about the Youth Counseling Team, call 410-887-5823.

Objectives

The counseling staff offers a variety of services to Baltimore County youth (up to 18 years of age) and their families, as long as they are willing and motivated to change.

  • Help families resolve conflicts between parents and children in the community who have had contact with patrol officers
  • Offer assessment, individual, group, family and crisis counseling
  • Provide assistance to PAL Centers, which includes facilitating athletic, skill-building and counseling groups
  • Work with school officials in targeting and attempting to resolve status offenses such as truancy
  • Provide training to members of the community on a variety of topics
  • Conduct classes and workshops in schools
  • Assist School Resource Officers, the Juvenile Offenders In Need of Supervision (JOINS) Program, Community Outreach Units and police patrol officers in their efforts to assist families and communities in solving problems

Goals and Issues

We work with people by examining behavior, evaluating if it works and formulating a plan for change. With the aid of counselors, clients learn to satisfy their own needs and take effective control of their lives. The staff assists clients in designing an individual plan to accomplish goals or overcome issues.

Goals

  • Improve communication skills
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Enhance performance in school, at home and in the community

Issues

The following issues can also be addressed with clients:

  • Multiculturalism
  • Substance abuse
  • Pregnancy and AIDS prevention
  • Child abuse
  • Decision-making and problem-solving
  • Crime and delinquency prevention 

All police reports for running away, and ungovernable and incorrigible behavior, are automatically followed up by contacting the family concerned and then offering counseling services.

Areas Served

Western Region
Phone: 410-887-1394 
Precinct 1 Wilkens
Precinct 2 Woodlawn
Precinct 3 Franklin
Precinct 4 Pikesville

Central Region
Phone: 410-887-5823
Precinct 6 Towson
Precinct 7 Cockeysville
Precinct 8 Parkville

Eastern Region
Phone: 410-887-5823
Precinct 9 White Marsh
Precinct 11 Essex
Precinct 12 Dundalk

Navigating the Juvenile Justice System

Putting It All Together: Navigating the Juvenile Justice System in Maryland (PDF) is a document designed to clarify the legal world when faced with the challenges of raising teenagers. It provides an understanding of how the system works and will give you the skills needed to make the best use of available resources.

More Information

For more information on Counseling Team services or to schedule an appointment, call 410-887-5823.

 
Revised May 1, 2020         

 

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