Program Eligibility: The participant population is comprised of Alameda County youth and families involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. The great majority of participants served have been victims, or witnesses of, abuse and neglect. Referrals come from Child Welfare Workers, probation officers, parents, and the youths themselves. Most participants are between 12 and 17 years of age, although the program serves participants up to age 21.
Clinicians provide services throughout Alameda County and may sometimes travel as far as 90 miles from FFYC’s Coolidge Campus in Oakland. The majority of participants are served in the Bay Area, the most common locations being the East and South Bay.
Program Synopsis: The Visiting Therapist Program (VTP) began providing mental health services in 2004 to dependent children who have had difficulty utilizing traditional office-based or clinic-based services. In 2005, the VTP was expanded to a new participant base, youth in the juvenile probation system and their families. The program was designed to reach participants in their place of residence, and to maintain continuity of services and provide a stable, therapeutic relationship, despite any placement disruptions.
About the Program:
The program offers weekly individual and family therapy. The VTP staff provides case management and crisis intervention as necessary. Additionally, Parent Partner services are also available to provide support to caregivers in their home or community. The Parent Partner is a parent who has personal experience utilizing and navigating local agencies and community resources, and who has been trained to utilize such experience in supporting families accessing these resources.
Visiting Therapist Program staff members use a variety of evidenced based and evidence informed therapeutic approaches with a commitment to providing trauma-informed care. Trauma-informed services take into account knowledge about how the experience of trauma can impact the health and well-being of a person and a community. Our Visiting Therapists’ treatment approaches may include Motivational Interviewing, narrative therapy, somatic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems focus, and psychodynamic and relational approaches.
For more information, please contact Program Director Sierra Black at 510-482-2244, ext. 5338.
Visiting Therapist Program and Visiting Therapist Program-Probation
3800 Coolidge Avenue, Oakland, California 94602