Juvenile Office Counseling

Counseling services are provided through referral from juvenile officers or partner agencies.

A free four week seminar “Passages for Teens and Parents” is offered periodically throughout the year. Through the use of ancient stories and creative activities, teens are encouraged to develop skills needed for four main passages to adulthood: physical, emotional, mental and social.

Contact David Strabala at 816-736-8405.

David Strabala, LCSW, Juvenile Counselor

David Strabala, LCSW, received his Master of Social Work Degree in 1991 from the University of Iowa. He became the Juvenile Office Counselor in September 2014. He worked mostly with youth previously in community mental health, and has experience in employee assistance programs, traumatic brain injury and on-call crises. He is known for therapeutic storytelling with an African djembe drum, which he uses in various trainings.

Letter to Parents from David Strabala (PDF)

Additional Resources

ACI Mental Health Crisis Line (24-hour): 1-888-279-8188

Recommended Parenting Books and Audio Resources

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

The Five “Love Languages” of Teenagers by Gary Chapman

Screamfree Parenting by Hal Edward Runkel

Raising Children You Can Live With: A Guide to Frustrated Parents by Jamie Raser