Family Network Partnership


FNP Counseling Center                                    

Mission: To empower, strengthen, and promote the wellbeing of children and their biological or foster families through family-centered practice strategies that strengthen family functioning, minimize emotional disturbances, and prevent placement disruptions.



Components of Family Centered Practice Model

  • The family unit is the focus of clinical attention

  • Strengthening the capacity of families to function effectively is emphasized

  • Clinical training for USM School of Social Work students

The Family Counseling Center's target population is children, ages birth-18, and families in Mississippi foster care system who are Medicaid eligible.



  • Alan Bougere, PhD, LCSW

  • Stephanie Smith, MSW, LCSW
  • Sergio Gutierrez, LCSW, BCBA


Family Network Partnership Office and Counseling Center

208 Alcorn Avenue, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
601-582-3541 or 601-582-3525
Counseling Center: 601-554-3448

Directions: From USM, go east on Hardy Street. Pass the Hattiesburg Public Library on left. Turn right on West Pine Street. Turn left on 6 th Ave. Cross railroad tracks and 6 th will turn into Hall Ave. Stay on Hall until you cross the railroad tracks again. In the curve turn left on Alcorn Avenue. Pass Forrest County Juvenile Center. Turn left at ‘road closed’ sign. Family Network Partnership office is on the right across from Forrest County Work Release Center.



Laurie Risher, LMSW, ACC
Family Network Partnership, Program Director

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