Asian Outreach Program in Elmhurst
Hank Auffarth Family Center
81-14 Queens Boulevard
Elmhurst, NY 11373
Ph: 718-899-9810 x200
Fax: 718-899-9699
Korean Outreach Program  
한국어 사이트  (이곳을 클릭해 주세요) 

  • Ages accepted: Newborn-21, and adults
  • Services provided: Multi-lingual and multicultural counseling for domestic violence, substance abuse and other mental health issues for Chinese, Filipino, Korean, South Asian and Persian families.
  • Hours: Monday and Friday 9 AM-5 PM; Tues-Thurs: 9 AM-9 PM; Sat: 9 AM-3 PM
  • Special Services: Single Stop
  • Admission criteria: One member of family must have a mental health or substance abuse diagnoses. Individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism diagnoses are not eligible for this program.
  • Languages spoken: Bengali, Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Marathi, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu
  • Public Transportation: Subway—R or V to Grand Avenue, Buses— Q53, Q58 and Q60
  • Project Director: Reshma Shah reshmashah@childcenterny.org

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Asian Outreach Program in Flushing
140-15B Sanford Avenue
Flushing, NY 11355
Ph: 718-358-8288
Fax: 718-358-5265
Korean Outreach Program  
한국어 사이트  (이곳을 클릭해 주세요) 
  • Ages accepted: Newborn-21, and adults
  • Services provided: Multi-lingual and multicultural counseling for domestic violence, substance abuse and other mental health issues for Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, Bengali, English, Fukinese, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Marathi, Spanish, Tagalog and Urdu speaking families.
  • Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs: 9 AM-9 PM; Fri: 9 AM-7 PM; Sat: 9 AM-3 PM
  • Special Services: Single Stop
  • Admission criteria: One member of family must have a mental health or substance abuse diagnoses. Individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism diagnoses are not eligible for this program.
  • Languages spoken: Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), English, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Marathi, Taiwanese, and Urdu
  • Public Transportation: Subway—#7, Buses—Q17,Q27
  • Clinic Administrator: Seline Bearman selinebearman@childcenterny.org

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  • Treatment of mental illness utilizing many approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, psychopharmacology, substance abuse treatment and play therapy
  • Child abuse and neglect prevention
  • Domestic violence counseling
  • Parent education workshops and outreach
  • Family-oriented academic enrichment
  • Counseling at many public schools

The Asian Outreach Program (AOP) consists of two sites--one in Elmhurst and one in Flushing-- led by clinic administrator Seline Bearman. The AOP’s approach is culturally nuanced and based on education and outreach that eases the stigma still surrounding mental health and substance abuse treatment in traditional Asian cultures. All of the therapists have experienced the trauma of immigration. As new immigrants themselves, they are steeped in the culture and language of their clients. The AOP at The Child Center serves the most ethnically diverse Asian community in the entire nation. Last year, we worked with more than 1,400 adults and children from more than a dozen countries.

Positive word-of-mouth has spread in Elmhurst and Flushing, the two hubs of Asian population where AOP is located. Over the course of its nearly 20 years in operation, the clinics have brought education and healing to new immigrants stressed by the need to adjust to new customs, language and economic circumstances, as well as families suffering from isolation. They bring understanding to culture clashes between Asian-born parents and American-born children. They ease the sense that problems have to be kept hidden from “outsiders”… that treatment will somehow have an adverse impact on a family’s reputation.

Korean Outreach Program   한국어 사이트  (이곳을 클릭해 주세요) 

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