Prevention

Prevention Services revolve around the concept of getting ahead of the potential challenges of life.

Through proactive training, education and resources, the programs Victor offers help youth and families get their footing and head in a positive direction for the future.


Community Resiliency Model

Community Resiliency Model is a part of .

The Community Resiliency Model™ (CRM) of the Trauma Resource Institute trains community members to not only help themselves but to help others within their wider social network.

The primary focus of this skills-based, stabilization program is to re-set the natural balance of the nervous system. CRM skills help individuals understand their nervous system and learn to read sensations connected to their own well-being, which CRM calls the “Resilient Zone”.

CRM’s goal is to help to create “trauma-informed” and “resiliency-focused” communities that share a common understanding of the impact of trauma and chronic stress on the nervous system and how resiliency can be restored or increased using this skills-based approach.

Goals of CRM™

  • To learn simple biologically based skills, based upon current neuroscience, to help individuals get back into balance in body, mind and spirit.
  • To educate about common reactions resulting from individual or communal traumas/stresses such as poverty, racism and family violence.
  • To reduce common human reactions related to stressful/traumatic experiences.
  • To shift perceptions that reactions are biological rather than mental weakness in order to reduce shame and increase hope.
  • To encourage individuals to integrate wellness skills into their daily life.

Community Wholeness and Enrichment

Community Wholeness and Enrichment is a part of .

Community Wholeness and Enrichment (CWE) involves short-term therapy sessions (up to one year) for the Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) of youth (16 to 25) and adults (26 to 59) who experience early onset of mild, moderate to serious mental health issues.

Crossroads (NCTI)

Crossroads (NCTI) is a part of .

Since 1981, Crossroads (NCTI) has been developing offense-specific, cognitive curricula and staff development training for use in the criminal justice system. NCTI is a leader of cognitive behavior change programs. 

NCTI has developed a variety of skill-based training resources, including participant workbooks for juveniles and adults, facilitator guides and teaching aides. These training resources are organized into delivery formats that vary in intensity level and duration to more appropriately meet the needs and address the risk level of offenders, whether misdemeanants or felons.

NCTI assists criminal justice agencies in two specific areas. The first area focuses on developing and providing offense-specific curricula designed to address the learning styles of the offender population, both adult and juvenile. NCTI’s cognitive curricula uses, as its foundation, a unique philosophical approach called the "Building Blocks for Behavioral Change", that align with evidence-Based research. The second area focuses on training criminal justice professionals in a host of areas that challenge them to strengthen their skills both personally and professionally.

Family Assessment and Support Team

Family Assessment and Support Team is a part of .

The Family Assessment and Support Team offers intensive short-term services for stabilization to children and families who are at risk due to recent hospitalization, detention, or have issues of placement stability.

Mental health services include: 

  • Family therapy;
  • Individual and collateral services;
  • Rehabilitation and activities of daily living; and
  • Medication support services 

Intensive case management may include collaboration with educational settings and adjunctive services such as TBS and PCIT; referral and linkage in home communities to longer term services and support.

Family Resource Center

Family Resource Center is a part of .

The focus of the Family Resource Center is the family unit. We offer a variety of support groups and classes to support the family, including:

  • Nurturing Parents and Nurturing Fathers Parenting groups
  • Women's Support Group
  • Children's Enrichment programs
  • Grandparents Support Group (for those raising grandchildren)
  • Computer classes in Spanish, English as a second language  
  • Individual case management and individual and/or family counseling

Mental Health First Aide

Mental Health First Aide is a part of .

Mental Health First Aid is an adult public education program designed to improve participants' knowledge and modify their attitudes and perceptions about mental health and related issues, including how to respond to individuals who are experiencing one or more acute mental health crises (i.e., suicidal thoughts and/or behavior, acute stress reaction, panic attacks, and/or acute psychotic behavior) or are in the early stages of one or more chronic mental health problems (i.e., depressive, anxiety, and/or psychotic disorders, which may occur with substance abuse).

The intervention is delivered by a trained, certified instructor through an interactive 12-hour course, which can be completed in two 6-hour sessions or four 3-hour sessions. The course introduces participants to risk factors, warning signs, and symptoms for a range of mental health problems, including co-morbidity with substance use disorders; builds participants' understanding of the impact and prevalence of mental health problems; and provides an overview of common support and treatment resources for those with a mental health problem. Participants also are taught a five-step action plan, known as ALGEE, for use when providing Mental Health First Aid to an individual in crisis:

• A--Assess for risk of suicide or harm
• L--Listen nonjudgmentally
• G--Give reassurance and information
• E--Encourage appropriate professional help
• E--Encourage self-help and other support strategies

In addition, the course helps participants to not only gain confidence in their capacity to approach and offer assistance to others, but also to improve their personal mental health. After completing the course and passing an examination, participants are certified for 3 years as a Mental Health First Aider.

Military Families

Military Families is a part of .

Military Families is an early intervention program for all veterans and their families, active duty or retired military personnel, reservists or National Guard and who have served on or after September 11, 2001. Staff provide comprehensive assessments and screenings and offer support groups, case management and referrals, as well as individual, couples and/or family counseling. 

Nurturing Parents

Nurturing Parents is a part of .

The Nurturing Parenting Program is a family-centered initiative designed to build nurturing skills as alternatives to abusive parenting and child-rearing attitudes and practices. The initiative targets all families at risk for abuse and neglect with children ages 0 to 18. It has been adapted for special populations, including Hmong families, Hispanic families, African-American families, and families in treatment and recovery. Thirteen different programs address specific age groups (infants, school-age, teens), cultures (Hispanic, Southeast Asian, African-American), and needs (special learning needs, families in alcohol recovery). The group sessions run 2 to 3 hours once a week for 12 to 45 weeks. Programs can be implemented in group or home sites.

Parent Project

Parent Project is a part of .

AT VCSS San Bernardino we have adopted the Parent Project® as a key intervention program. The mission of the Parent Project® is to develop parent-training programs for parents raising difficult or out-of-control children. We are committed to providing highly effective programs that are affordable for every parent. At the Parent Project®, we believe that parents are the answer. In our 27 years, this program has worked with over ½ million parents raising difficult or out-of-control children. The programs are based on these experiences and successes. No matter how difficult the situation may be, this program can help. "Little miracles". It's what we the Parent Project® is all about.  The Parent Project is now the largest court mandated juvenile diversion program in the country and for agencies, the least expensive intervention program available today.

Personal Power for Young Men and Women

Personal Power for Young Men and Women is a part of .

Adapted from David Hafter's book this group teaches young men and women how to be young men regardless of what society, and their friends, tell them is the right, or "cool", thing to do. The program focuses on teaching them how to develop the courage to learn to "do the right thing because it is the right thing to do." 

SUCCESS 1st Early Wraparound

SUCCESS 1st Early Wraparound is a part of .

Success First is an early wraparound program to capture those seriously emotionally disturbed, unserved, underserved children/adolescents, age 0-15 years, to provide services, keeping them in the lowest level of care possible. A referral is reviewed by a Referral Management Team & if enrollment approved, client assigned to an agency (contractor). Referrals can come from anyone including:

  • CCRT
  • Clinic
  • Group Home 
  • Hospital
  • School
  • Family
  • Law Enforcement
  • Contractor
  • CFS
  • Probation

Someone who qualifies for this program is seriously emotionally disturbed child or adolescent, age 0-15 years, who:

  • is in need of crisis intervention and/or at risk of psychiatric hospitalization,
  • is at risk of removal from their home,
  • is having problems in school or is at risk of dropping out, 
  • is at risk of or currently involved in juvenile justice system,
  • is homeless or at risk of homelessness,
  • has co-occurring disorders,
  • is a high user of services or multiple hospitalizations,
  • is at risk due to lack of services because of cultural, linguistic, or economic barriers,
  • is uninsured,
  • is at risk due to exposure to domestic violence, physical abuse, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, or sexual abuse. 

 

Student Assistance Program

Student Assistance Program is a part of .

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) offers a variety of services to students and their families including psychosocial educational groups for "at risk” children from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Under the SAP program there are also services to help delay the onset of substance abuse, juvenile justice system involvement, and early intervention for early onset of mental health issues. The SAP team works in conjunction with teachers and students in asset development for the academic and personal success of students.

Topics for Groups Include:

  • Cognitive Life Skills
  • Anger Management
  • Social Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Anxiety and Stress Management
  • Support Groups
  • Coping Skills for Trauma

Urban Resiliency Program

Urban Resiliency Program is a part of .

Victor Community Support Services in Davis operates in partnership with Yolo County Mental Health, schools, and other public and private service agencies to serve local children and families. We strive to help young people make healthy choices that can propel them toward their dreams. Group and individual services are offered in the Woodland, Davis, and Washington School Districts as well as the alternative education programs in Yolo County. Other group and Parent Education programs are held in community settings where the children from these areas play and live. The Urban Resiliency Program utilizes a variety of Prevention and Early Intervention Programs.

We strive to help young people make healthy choices that can propel them toward their dreams.

 

 

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