The University of Pittsburgh Teams With Crittenton To Offer Support

Wheeling, WV –Several families served by Crittenton Services, Inc. have benefitted from a parenting curriculum called “The Incredible Years,” thanks to The University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development and a grant from Caplan.

The University of Pittsburgh staff, with the help of Crittenton’s Wellspring Family Services staff, has completed a series of evidence-based classes designed to help with positive parenting, positive child interactions, and an increase in children’s self-regulatory skills and social skills.

The University’s staff and consultants chose seven West Virginia families to take part in this 10-class curriculum. The classes took place at Crittenton Services, Inc.’s Wheeling office and Crittenton’s Wellspring Family Services office in New Martinsville.

“I love this program! I feel a lot more confident in my ability to manage my children’s behaviors,” said Amanda, a parent attending the Wheeling class. 

“Incredible Years was such a rewarding experience both for the families who came and for us as clinicians. Parents not only learned strategies to manage and prevent problem behavior in their children, but also bonded with one another and created an extended support network for themselves that would have never existed without this program. As a clinician, it was so amazing to see such drastic positive change in both parents and children over such a short period of time. This has, bar none, been my favorite part of my job for the past ten weeks,” said Sarah Aspenleiter, Crittenton TIES Clinical Liaison. 

The University and Crittenton Services, Inc. are working together to make more classes available to more families in the future.

Crittenton offers comprehensive behavioral health treatment for children and families, including community-based outpatient counseling through Wellspring Family Services in 18 counties in Northern West Virginia and a residential treatment facility for at-risk adolescent females serving all of West Virginia in its Elm Grove facility. The agency also operates child care programs in Ohio County and an Intensive Outpatient Program for at-risk adolescent girls in Ohio County. 

For information about Crittenton Services and its programs, go to For more information about Wellspring Family Services, go to