Family Service receives funding to aid in counseling

Family Service of the Chautauqua Region received Community Investment grant from the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County to acquire material to aid in the counseling process at Westfield Central School. This pilot test will provide students with different, non-threatening way to express their feelings and concerns.

The use of a game, for example, can give a student a way of expressing concerns in a group setting without having to focus attention on him or her. Workbooks can be especially effective with younger students as a way of helping them, through art or word games, address emotional or scholastic issues.

The character focused material will address such topics as bullying, appropriate friendships, divorce, good behavior, self-control, and other social skills.

“It is important in today’s society to find creative ways to address concerns children have difficulty expressing,” said Donna Vanstrom, executive director. “Our therapist Tracey Spinuzza has taken the lead within our agency in offering this approach to the students she serves at Westfield Central School,” Vanstrom said.

Family Service of the Chautauqua Region is a family focused mental health counseling agency providing services at school, at work, at home and in the community. For more information visit their website at