Used to help people suffering from clinical post-traumatic stress return to a normal state of functioning after a traumatic event. Both parent and children learn how to process their emotions and thoughts that relate to the traumatic experience through this treatment. They are given necessary tools to alleviate overwhelming thoughts that can cause stress, anxiety and depression and are taught how to manage their emotions in a healthier way. The goal is to allow both the child and the parent to continue to develop their skills and communication techniques in a healthy manner.
Based on a biosocial theory of personality development. The main tenet is that the underlying problem for many of our youth is emotion dysregulation due to biological disposition, environmental context and the transaction between the two during childhood development. DBT combines components of behavioral and cognitive therapy, including exposure, skills training, problem-solving, contingency management and cognitive modification.
A client-centered, directive method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence.
An evidenced-based psycho-educational group tool which focuses on three areas relevant to life skills for adolescents: Skills streaming (social skills), anger management, and moral reasoning.
An advanced, interactive therapeutic strategy for turning crisis situations into learning opportunities for children and youth with chronic patterns of self-defeating behaviors.
A model for understanding and helping kids with social, emotional and behavioral challenges. The CPS approach sets forth two major tenets; First, challenging behavior in kids in best understood as the result of lagging cognitive skills in the general domains of flexibility; adaptability; frustration; tolerance and problem solving, rather than as the result of passive; permissive; inconsistent; non-contingent parenting and, Second, The best way to reduce challenging episodes is by collaboratively solving the problems and setting them in motion in the first place.
Casa Pacifica’s substance abuse recovery program began in the residential treatment program in January 2008. Implemented also in community based services, it is a 20-week program designed to meet the treatment needs of youth who are struggling to recover from alcohol and/or drug abuse. The Matrix Model was developed at UCLA for young adults, includes:
• 8 sessions of Early Recovery groups
• 32 sessions of Relapse Preventions groups
• Regular attendance at off-campus 12-step meetings
• Family support and education groups
• Individual and family psychological treatment sessions
• Weekly random drug screening
• Periodic healthy reinforcement for participation and abstinence
Upon entering treatment a youth attends bi-weekly groups based on the Matrix Model. This model primarily utilizes cognitive behavioral treatment principles. In addition to the Matrix Model, this intervention integrates Motivational Interviewing throughout treatment. Motivational Interviewing is evidence based treatment designed to help directly address ambivalence about changing substance use behaviors. The use of Motivational Interviewing is crucial to enhancing the receptivity of youth to the material in the Matrix Model, and effectively addressing fluctuations in motivation to discontinue substance use or remain abstinent.
A 20 week program used with parent/guardians and children between the ages of 2-8 years. The first part of the program focuses on enhancing the parent- child relationship. Once these skills are mastered, treatment focuses on helping the parent learn behavioral management skills. In home specialists help insure skills transfer to the home and school environment. PCIT is an effective treatment for young children exhibiting behavioral difficulties.