San-Joaquin County

Below is a list of programs we offer in this county, and a brief description of each. For fuller descriptions of a program, please click on the program name.

Adoptions Assistance Program is a Wraparound program focused on helping adoptive families. Wraparound is an intensive, holistic method of engaging with individuals with complex needs (most typically children, youth, and their families) so that they can live in their homes and communities and realize their hopes and dreams.

​Aggression Replacement Training® is a cognitive behavioral intervention program to help children and adolescents improve social skill competence and moral reasoning, better manage anger, and reduce aggressive behavior.The program specifically targets chronically aggressive children and adolescents ages 12-17.

This program is for juvenile justice involved adolescents ages 12-18 suffering from co-occurring disorders (substance abuse and mental health disorders) that can best be served by the provision of a highly individualized, comprehensive, compassionate program.

The program is based upon a treatment collaborative, following a harm reduction model, and ensuring that all stakeholders are involved in the process. Through this process the needs of these adolescents can be met and teens can be empowered, families restored, and lifelong recoveries initiated and sustained.

Cognitive-Behavior Interventions (CBIs) refer to a number of different but related interventions used to change behavior by teaching individuals to understand and modify thoughts and behaviors. Problem solving, anger control, self-instruction, and self-control are examples of interventions under the umbrella of CBI. Typically, students learn to recognize difficult situations that have produced inappropriate/violent responses, then identify and implement an acceptable response. Students also learn to restrain aggressive behavior using covert speech.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (also known by its abbreviation, CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people’s difficulties, and so change the way they feel. It is used to help treat a wide range of issues in a person’s life, from sleeping difficulties or relationship problems, to drug and alcohol abuse or anxiety and depression.

Family Vision is an intensive in home placement program designed with a Wraparound Philosophy consistent with the Senate Bill 163. The program goal is to support families in their ability to become self-sufficient and independent of formalized services. Family Vision collaborates with existing community service providers and fosters relationships with natural supports.

Our FCAT team provides mental health assessment and counseling for children who live with their families, relatives, or in foster homes.

This team provides services that enable children and families to live with continuity and minimal change in residential placement.

Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is built on an integrated theoretical foundation, and systematic research evidence that demonstrates its efficacy and effectiveness for reducing serious criminal behavior in youth. As a true family therapy, FFT targets the family relational system as the entry point and primary target for systematic and individualized treatment.

The first 5 years of life are very important for a child because this time sets the stage for success in school and later life. During infancy and childhood, many experiences should be gained and many skills learned. It is important to ensure that each child’s development is proceeding without difficulties during this period.

The goal of Intensive Family Services is to prevent children from being placed out-of-home and/or to support continuity of current placement. Our professional staff works in partnership with families, care-givers, public agencies, and the community to do “whatever it takes” to keep children safely in families.

Katie A. services were established in the State of California as a result of a settlement agreement with the intention of transforming the way California children/youth who are in foster care, or who are at imminent risk of foster care placement receive access to mental health services. The transformed model of care is referred to as the Core Practice Model or CPM. It is a coherent and all-inclusive approach to service planning and delivery.

Victor Treatment Centers (VTC) exists to provide a healthy, healing alternative strength-based services oriented living environment for severely emotionally disturbed children and young adults. As a result of a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorders these youth exhibit emotional, cognitive, and/or behavioral functioning which is so impaired as to interfere substantially with their role or functioning in their family, school, or community activities.  

The Matrix Model is an intensive outpatient treatment approach for stimulant abuse and dependence that was developed through 20 years of experience in real-world treatment settings. The intervention consists of relapse-prevention groups, education groups, social-support groups, individual counseling, and urine and breath testing delivered over a 16-week period. Patients learn about issues critical to addiction and relapse, receive direction and support from a trained therapist, become familiar with self-help programs, and are monitored for drug use by urine testing.

Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change.

It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.

North Valley Schools are the education programs operated under the auspices of Victor Treatment Centers. North Valley School (NVS) is WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) accredited and certified by the State of California Department of Education. North Valley School's mission is to provide a successful, comprehensive, and therapeutic educational program. It is designed to educate special education students whom have been unsuccessful in the regular education environment utilizing state standards based driven curriculum.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an empirically-supported treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral disorders that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. PCIT International was created to promote fidelity in the practice of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy through well-conducted research, training, and continuing education of therapists and trainers.

SPARCS stands for Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress.  SPARCS is a 16-session group intervention that was specifically designed to address the needs of chronically traumatized adolescents who may still be living with ongoing stress and may be experiencing problems in several areas of functioning.

Our TBS program provides critical, short-term support and is designed to provide one-on-one therapeutic aid to children/youth. TBS provides structure and support that will assist children in living successfully in the least restrictive setting possible.

Thinking for a Change (T4C) is a cognitive–behavioral curriculum developed by the National Institute of Corrections that concentrates on changing the criminogenic thinking of offenders. T4C is a cognitive–behavioral therapy (CBT) program that includes cognitive restructuring, social skills development, and the development of problem-solving skills.

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (also known by its abbreviation, CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its focus is on those who have experienced trauma. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people’s difficulties, and so change the way they feel. It is used to help treat a wide range of issues in a person’s life, from sleeping difficulties or relationship problems, to drug and alcohol abuse or anxiety and depression.

The Why Try Program is a strength-based approach to helping youth overcome their challenges and improve outcomes in the areas of truancy, behavior, and academics. Youth are taught social and emotional principles through a series of 10 pictures that teaches a discrete principle. These visuals are then reinforced by music and physical activities. 

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