Build respectful family relationships
Step-Up believes respect is at the heart of all healthy family relationships. Step-Up helps youth and parents build respectful relationships where all family members feel safe and valued.
- A nationally recognized youth-family violence intervention program.
- A skills-based and restorative group program that focuses on non-violence and respect between family members.
- A program that emphasizes accountability, empathy, making amends, and competency development to restore family relationships.
- A program organized into 11-week group sessions. Each group will serve youth ages 12-17 and their parents.
This service is a collaborative effort between the Benton County Commissioners and Chaplaincy Behavioral Health. Groups are free of charge. Assessments are billed to insurance.
Who are the Step-Up group facilitators?
Teresa Avalos, LMHC has been practicing counseling in the Tri-Cities for almost 20 years. She is bilingual and bi-cultural and provides services in English and Spanish.
Robert Ascencio, LICSWA Robert’s path has included overcoming many challenges. It includes joining the Marines, a tour in Kuwait and Iraq and Graduating from U.S.C. School of Social Work. He is bi-lingual (Spanish/Englilsh), and he is completing a clinical internship.
When and where does Step-Up meet?
Step-Up meets on Tuesdays from 6 pm to 8 pm at Chaplaincy Behavioral Health, located at 2108 W. Entiat in Kennewick. The cross street is Hwy 395 and Yelm St.
How do I join a Step-Up group?
Referrals are received from community agencies, Juvenile Justice Center, Benton-Franklin Juvenile Court, schools, youth leaders, Boys & Girls clubs and from parents. Self-referrals are accepted.
For more information to determine if you qualify for this program please call (509) 783-7417 or (509) 460-5804 for Spanish-speaking.