Pathways Transition Programs is a private mental health agency for children and families. We assist the most underserved and least understood client populations:
- Low income single parent families
- Families caught in multi-generational cycles of instability, abuse and neglect
- Children in foster care children with developmental and behavioral challenges
- Women who are victims of domestic violence and unprepared for self advocacy and self-sufficiency
- Families involved with child protective services and juvenile justice systems
Services are available for Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton, Newton, Rockdale, Cobb, Jasper, Henry Counties, Gwinnett, Jackson, Barrow, Walton, Oconee, Clarke, Morgan, Green, Oglethorpe, and Madison Counties. Our four offices are located in Decatur, Buford, Covington, and Athens, Georgia.
Make a referral (confidential, medicaid, DFCS, or self referral).
Our approach to our work is based on a comprehensive, integrated model for understanding and working with clients from all walks of life — The Kaleidoscope Model — and based on the fundamental premise that our behavior patterns reflect our understanding of ourselves and the world we live in and change, and change is basically about shifting this perspective enough to risk trying new ways of coping and thriving.
The agency was founded in 1991 by Clinical Paychologist Sunaina R. Jain, PhD. Dr. Jain has developed a number of programs including the "HEART" program for social service agency staff who work with traumatized children, their birth parents, and foster parents. She is currently launching "Growing Children," a unique new parenting program (stay tuned).
Enhancing parents' and professionals' understanding of children's needs is central to the mission of Pathways.
We strive to understand every child and every family within their unique context, from three distinct perspectives — DEVELOPMENTAL unfolding, TRAUMA history, and the SYSTEMS (family and social) which influence them.