Daily Living Skills

Northwest Counseling and Guidance Clinic (NWCGC) in a collaborative effort with a county Department of Human Services (DHS) provides Daily Living Skills and Mentoring services for children and families that reside within the respective county.

Daily Living Skills

Daily Living Skills education is the provision of a range of services including, education, skill development or individualized training to improve the participant’s abilities to independently perform routine daily activities and effectively utilize community resources. Services are hands-on instructional, focused on skill development and are not intended to provide substitute task performance. Daily living skills education may include but is not limited to skill development in the following areas:

  • Personal hygiene
  • Food preparation
  • Home upkeep/maintenance
  • Money management
  • Accessing and using community resources
  • Community mobility
  • Parenting

Each family is assessed by a county Social Worker and then referred to NWCGC for services.  NWCGC meets with both the family and the Social Worker to develop an individualized plan for the family, assign a Daily Living Skills educator to the family, and provide necessary services as outlined in the Individualized plan. Family outcomes, and service needs are determined by a functional assessment tool and the collaborative efforts of the families, NWCGC, and the county social worker.

We currently provide this service in Portage, Waupaca, and Wood County.


NWCGC mentoring services provide children with differing abilities and mental health capacities with a mentor. The goal is to have the mentor establish a positive relationship with the identified youth for one year. NWCGC mentoring services follows evidence based principles of mentor recruitment, screening, training, matching the mentor/ mentee, creating an individualized outcome based plan for the mentee, on-going supervision of the mentor/mentee relationship and closure process at the end of the mentor/mentee relationship. Prior to the conclusion of Mentoring services, the NWCGC Mentor will assist the youth in identifying a caring adult or other natural support with whom the youth will develop a trusting relationship or connection that will sustain itself after the mentor relationship concludes. Parental participation in the mentoring process is strongly encouraged.

We currently provide this service in Portage, Waupaca, and Wood County.

Program contact information:

Barb Scott
Program Supervisor, Portage County
715-630-5669 or BarbaraS@nwcgc.com


Respite care services are services provided for a child on a short-term basis to ease the child’s family or other primary caregiver(s) from daily stress and care demands. Respite care can be provided in child’s home, the provider’s home or in the community.

Supportive Home Care

Supportive home care is a service provided to directly assist people with daily living activities and personal needs and to assure adequate functioning and safety in their home and community.