Victor Treatment Centers Stockton is located in East Stockton among the farms and vineyards of the San Joaquin Valley. This rural setting provides care for 42 children in need of specialized mental health treatment. The youths reside in seven attractive, family-style homes in quiet neighborhoods. Nearby foothills, local parks, and convenient community entertainment centers offer many recreational opportunities while maintaining open space and privacy of living.
The program serves children and adolescents between 8 and 18 years of age who are identified as Severely Emotionally Disturbed Youth and are in need of 24/7 supervision and intensive treatment services in multiple life domains. VTC Stockton provides highly individualized services and maintains a 1 to 3 staff to client ratio within the treatment environment. A high staff to youth ratio in a home-like atmosphere provides a safe, consistent and predictable structure allowing each individual youth to grow at their own pace and according to their personal abilities.
At Victor Treatment Centers Stockton, the youth are provided with a range of innovative and cutting edge services with include the use of Evidence Based and Promising Practices. Aggression Replacement Training® (ART®) is a multimodal psycho educational intervention designed to alter the behavior of chronically aggressive adolescents and young children. The goal of ART® is to improve social skill competence, anger control, and moral reasoning. The program incorporates three specific interventions: skill-streaming, anger-control training, and training in moral reasoning. Skill-streaming uses modeling, role-playing, performance feedback, and transfer training to teach pro-social skills. Training in moral reasoning is designed to enhance youths' sense of fairness and justice regarding the needs and rights of others and to train youths to imagine the perspectives of others when they confront various moral problem situations.
The program also employs Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS). SPARCS is a present-focused group intervention for adolescents who have experienced chronic trauma and have developed problems functioning in the following areas: affect regulation and impulsivity; dissociation; self-perception; relations with others; somatization (conversion of anxiety to physical symptoms); and systems of meaning (having a purpose and a hopeful future). Overall goals of the program are to address the three Cs: enhance the adolescent's ability to Cope more effectively in the moment, Cultivate consciousness, and Create connections and meaning.
Another innovative tool used is Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) which has been rated by the CEBC in the area of Trauma Treatment for Children. TF-CBT is a conjoint child and parent psychotherapy model for children who are experiencing significant emotional and behavioral difficulties related to traumatic life events. It is a components-based hybrid treatment model that incorporates trauma-sensitive interventions with cognitive behavioral, family, and humanistic principles.
Risking Connection® is yet another foundational trauma training program that is used. It is rooted in relational and attachment theory. It provides a framework for understanding the wide array of trauma-based symptoms and behaviors that cause people to surface for help in various mental health and addictions settings. Because it is foundational, Risking Connection® training complements and enhances treatment techniques used with traumatized clients.
- Family Inclusion Committee
- Family Advisory Panel, including parents and staff members
- Family Education Workshops
- Program Funded Family Visitations (hotel stays, transportation, meals, etc. for out of town visiting family members)
- Annual Family Picnics
- Family Dinner Nights
- Thanksgiving Family Celebration
The program provides a stable, structured, and nurturing atmosphere which can provide youth the opportunity to learn and develop new behavioral and life skills while being valued and protected. Ability to demonstrate new learned behaviors is a large part of the behavior measurements we do.
The program has enjoyed the following successes:
- 193.77% restraint reduction since 2003
- Increase in Graduations
- Increase in the number of youth returning to live with family members