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SPARK Center, Boston Medical Center

Address: 255 River St., Mattapan, MA 02126

Contact Name: Martha Vibbert, Ph.D., Executive Director

E-mail Address: martha.vibbert@bmc.org

Web Site: www.bmc.org/SPARK

Phone Number: (617) 414-0501

Services Provided/Expertise:

A. Child: Medically-specialized, therapeutic early education and care for infants/toddlers/preschoolers who have complex health and psychosocial challenges, including children with significant trauma histories who are referred by the Department of Children and Families

Teen: Job training, life skills support, and mental health intervention for young people who are living with HIV/AIDS and/or other health challenges (TICKET to Success Program)

B. Adult: Parent counseling and guidance, parenting support groups, dyadic intervention for mothers and babies, parent visitation

C. Family: Family counseling, family events

D. Other: Marigold contributes to SPARK’s capacity to offer a range of on-site mental health interventions for children and families.  This includes: classroom milieu therapy, play therapy, puppet therapy, group psychotherapy; parent counseling and parenting skills coaching; Early Intervention assessments, neurodevelopmental screening, cognitive assessments; and school planning and advocacy services.

In addition, SPARK offers daily access to high-quality nursing and nutritional services; a unique therapeutic garden and outdoor classrooms; on-site Early Intervention therapies, drug therapy adherence counseling; HIV prevention and risk reduction; and vibrant internship and training programs for graduate students in the fields of early education, child life, public health, counseling and clinical psychology.

Age range: birth through 24 years