Programs / Services

Community Education

As a primary prevention service, the Community Education program utilizes professional facilitators for a variety of classes teaching individuals to incorporate new skills into their lives and relationships, resulting in improved coping and healthier family systems. Classes are held at various locations in the Acadiana community, usually in the evening, with topics chosen in response to the specific needs of various areas. Topics include parenting for targeted groups such as parents of teenagers or school age children, divorce, co-parenting and step-family issues, relational problems, suicide prevention, and anger management for adults and adolescents. The Education Calendar is planned on a quarterly basis to provide a schedule of classes.

We also offer multiple trainings that last from 1 hour to 4 hours and can be taught either at our location on onsite at your location. Topics include: Active Listening, Nurturing Parenting, Understanding Feelings, Defense Mechanisms, Holistic Wellness, Positive Disciple, Child Passenger Safety, the Positive Parenting Program, QPR and many more! Click on the link below for a detailed list of trainings and don’t forget to call the office to schedule one tailored just for you!



The counseling program is comprised of licensed counselors and/or counselors working towards licensure, who provide assistance and guidance in resolving personal, social, or psychological problems and difficulties. Counselors provide a variety of assistance to individuals, families, step-families, single parents, couples, senior citizens, teens and children ages three and older. Topics can include: relationships, parenting challenges, LGBTQIA, coping with divorce, recovering from a crisis or disaster, coping with grief or loss, anxiety, depression, addictions, and stress and anger management. Counselors utilize a variety of models to meet your needs including, Gotman, Play Therapy, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Counselors also provide onsite mental health services to the aging population for Long Term Care Facilities, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Rehabilitation Facilities, and Assisted Living Facilities. Pet assisted therapy provided by Pet Partners upon request and as available.

Sessions are based on a sliding fee scale with a $40 minimum session fee. Proof of income required for sliding fee sessions. Dates and times vary. Some insurances accepted. Employee Assistance Programs available. Grant funding available to cover the cost of counseling sessions that meet certain eligibility requirements. Funding provided by the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund, Louisiana Disaster Recovery Alliance and Office of Juvenile Justice.

If you or someone you know is interested in counseling, you should start by filling out intake paperwork available here. You can then call the office at (337) 981-2180 to schedule your appointment or complete the information below.

Healthy Start

Healthy Start is a free program for expectant mothers and women with children up to 18 months of age who live in Acadia, Evangeline, Iberville, Lafayette, St. Landry and St. Martin parishes. The program focuses on supporting moms and assisting parents with the challenges of a growing family and raising small children.

Healthy Start is a way to ensure that your child gets the healthy start on life that he or she deserves by providing individualized assistance and information specific to your needs. This includes home visitation, case management, health education, support services and fun, family-friendly events. We know that becoming a parent brings many new questions and decisions, so Healthy Start was developed with a desire to give you the support you need, when you need it, so that you have the best chances for a healthy birth outcome and maintaining physical and mental health. It can provide information to help you better understand pregnancy, prepare for labor and delivery, and meet the challenges of parenting a newborn and toddler.

Healthy Start is a program supported in part by Project No. H49MC27810 from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Title V, Social Security Act).

Project H.O.P.E.

Project H.O.P.E. is a program available through a partnership with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office that is designed to strengthen the relationship between the incarcerated parent and their child to promote a functional relationship upon the inmate’s release. These programs have been shown to reduce recidivism. Family Tree clinicians make weekly visits to the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center and work with inmates who are also allowed a contact visit with their children. Participation in the program is voluntary and is offered to both mothers and fathers. Click on the links below for additional information, including the Caregiver Guide and Kids Time Calendar. Click HERE for additional agency classes, their descriptions and the spring calendar.

For more information about Project H.O.P.E. please contact Whitney Storey by email.

H.O.P.E. Expansion

H.O.P.E. Expansion is a parenting education support program offered to incarcerated moms at Lafayette Parish Correctional Center that begins upon mother’s release. Project H.O.P.E. participation is encouraged, but not required. During three series of classes, moms learn developmental information about their children, why attachment is so important, and how to interact with their children. They also learn other important skills such as, budgeting, housing, health/self-care, relationship skills and job readiness. Moms also have a mentor who provides ongoing support to help improve attachments between moms and their children, to help reduce the risk of re-offense, and to help increase life skills and parenting skills.

Click HERE for additional agency classes, their descriptions and the summer calendar.

For more information about H.O.P.E. Expansion, please contact Jessica Foreman by email.


Jacob Crouch Suicide Prevention Services consist of suicide awareness and prevention educational programs that can be taught to anyone.

Jacob Crouch Suicide Prevention Services began in November 2006, taking educational programming into schools in the Acadiana area. This program provides students with the tools necessary to help themselves or others who may be showing signs of potential at-risk behavior. In 2010, we expanded our programs to include suicide prevention education for teachers, counselors and school administrators. Now thanks to generous funding from Acadiana Area Human Services District, our programming can be taught to anyone in the Region 4 area! We also operate a survivor of suicide support group which is open to any adult who is grieving a loss to suicide.


Tulane Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Support and Services (TIKES) is under the supervision of Tulane University. The program serves to increase the quality of child care and early learning initiatives for all children across the state and provide child care staff and parents with tools to understand and command higher quality child care for children.

Centers participating in TIKES are eligible to receive mental health consultations. The Family Tree employs full-time licensed mental health professionals, trained in infant and early childhood issues (0-5 years old), who work closely with teachers on-site and serve as a resource for child care providers and parents as they foster and enhance children’s early development through education, training, identification and intervention.