is a full service
private mental health clinic with 20 years
experience delivering over half a million therapy visits to hard to
reach Medicaid families in the Springfield and Boston areas.
CSI is a
“boutique clinic” specializing in psychotherapy
delivered to multiple problem families in their homes.
a licensed clinic, CSI offers multidisciplinary services
including psychiatric evaluation and medication monitoring,
psychological testing, and specialty parenting and risk evaluations.
the use of home-based psychotherapy to stabilize children living in
high-risk community families or substitute care homes. CSI is
dedicated to keeping families together in the community safely.
teams offer support, treatment planning oversight, and medical and
psychological backup. The therapy is the primary service offering
families options to solve problems, deal with crisis early, and live
safely together in their community.
itself in offering its clinical staff the best supervision, training,
and documentation support. CSI’s President, Frank
C. Sacco, Ph.D. published his first book in 1982 on Outreach Family
Therapy and has been a pioneer in developing techniques to empower
families to solve crisis before children have to be removed.
in the Nursery
by Frank C. Sacco, Ph.D., CSI
President, Scholar in Residence
childhood memories of trauma, fear and pain can live on in a
child’s mind throughout their life. Anna Freud coined this
she provided therapy to children orphaned by the Blitzkrieg bombings of
London by the Germans in WW II. Children lost their parents and
experienced tremendous trauma through this period of very high danger
and stress. She noticed that children turn their fears and pain
symbolic ghosts revealed in their play.
When children are given the ability to freely associate and play, they
tend to symbolize their pain in how they play. The child’s
play is the
language of symbolization. The ghosts live in the characters of
play and can become ingrained into a child’s mind and develop
or other destructive symptoms that disrupt family, school, and
community life. Ghosts hate school and get loose in a crowd.
creates an arena for the child to let
the ghosts fly
through their play. Ghosts lose their power when released and are
challenged by the therapist. Children will show how they learned
cope with stress and emotional pain. They may become aggressive
attack before being attacked, retreat before being attacked, deny
danger, overreact to normal stress and limits, and other self-defeating
strategies to cope.
Ghosts only have power to create fear when they are hidden; it is the
therapist’s job to pull the ghosts out into the therapy and
them. The child’s mind sees the ghost slowly defeated by
supportive therapist communicating through play.
Play therapy is an unraveling of the ghost stories exhibited through
play in the safety of the supportive relationship between the child and
therapist. Fear threatens a child’s sense of safety and
protective adults. Kids will try to stand on their own but
develop habits that inhibit their social-emotional development.
therapist’s job is to invite the ghosts out, exercise them,
them, CONTAIN THEM, and gradually help a child to let the ghosts go and
grow emotionally healthy. This is a basic human right of all children.
Anna Freud and Marie Montessori were buddies and both understood that
children need to be allowed to be children and us as adults should
protect, inspire, and guide them and not turn them into little boxes of
answers for tests.
Services Institutes' President featured on CNN Opinion
Sacco, Ph.D., President of
Community Services Institute, co-wrote a
featured article for CNN Opinion titled "Clues your child is
bullied, and what to do".
Since 1984, Frank
pioneered home-based mental health programs for families with multiple
problems. He is a consultant to the FBI's Behavioral Sciences Unit. Frank Sacco recently
co-wrote "Why School Anti-Bullying Programs
excerpt of the
- It's difficult for
parents to know if their child is a bully or a bully's victim. Children
will not tell you, so you need to be tuned in to your child every day.
Read full article on CNN Opinion...
You can pick up on subtle clues, but this takes time and a certain
amount of luck. Bad things can happen to children even if the parents
do everything right.
Parents can recognize victimization the easiest. Children who are
victimized show sudden shifts in behavior, such as getting poor grades
after receiving good grades in the past. They may exhibit "Mondayitis,"
seeming sad and making excuses not to go to school, or if they're
young, they may cry.
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managers, and the staff to support them.
are currently hiring
for both our Springfield and West Roxbury, MA locations and
offering pre-doctoral internships
for in-home and community-based mental health.
into the community demands a commitment to individuals and families
struggling with difficult circumstances. A Community Services Institute
(CSI) therapist is first and foremost dedicated to client treatment in
their homes and community.
Offers structured, one-to-one, strength-based support services between
a therapeutic mentor and a youth for the purpose of addressing daily
living, social, and communication needs.