Barstow

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. 

VCSS Barstow is located in the city of Barstow, CA. Once a small mining center and railroad town in California's Mojave Desert, Barstow is located at the junction of 3 major highways -- Interstate 15, Interstate 40 and State Highway 58. It is centrally located in the western Mojave at the entrance to the Mojave National Preserve and is home of the U.S. Army National Training Center, Marine Corps Logistics Base, NASA's Goldstone Deep Space Network and Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad Yards.

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.

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.

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.

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