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Program Participant

Progress and proven results

When Laura’s son Raymond was seven years old, he began exhibiting signs of intense anger when his parents divorced. After being connected to an outpatient therapist and medication provider through CHD, Laura looked within the organization when it was time to find a Therapeutic Mentor and In-Home Therapy clinician for her son.

Part of CHD’s Children’s Behavioral Therapy services, In-Home Therapy and Therapeutic Mentoring offer a flexible model that brings vital services to children and adolescents in need of behavioral and emotional support right in their own homes and communities.

For Laura, this flexibility has helped her ensure Raymond can consistently get the support he needs while she balances both of their busy schedules.

Laura says that Raymond used to put up a lot of resistance when it came to his mental health, but he’d never been that way with his Therapeutic Mentor Deveron McCummings.

Having worked with Deveron and the CHD team for a number of years, Laura and Raymond were able reduce his need for more intensive services.

“Raymond is so proud of his progress, and so am I,” Laura said. “I’ve seen him grow into a very well-rounded young man, and I really can say that Deveron played a big part in that. He’s been a great help for our family.”

Deveron works with a range of youth between the ages of 9 and 16 to help them build skills in areas like interpersonal communication, problem solving and conflict resolution. Read Deveron’s story.

The most rewarding aspect of this job is when I get an unscheduled call from one my kids and they’re excited about having some type of success that day or that week. That just gives me goosebumps every time it happens—knowing they got home and told their parent or guardian, ‘I want to call Mr. Deveron, I have to tell him something.’ That right there is the payoff.

- Deveron McCummings, CHD Therapeutic Mentor