San Bernardino

The VCSS San Bernardino program is located in the expansive county of San Bernardino, but is centrally located in the city itself. The office site includes expansive offices, therapy rooms, child and family meeting rooms with home-like furnishings, large open rooms that can be utilized for staff and community workshops, forums, and other important activities. It is located within close proximity to public transportation and all of the primary freeways of the county.

Watch, Wait, Wonder

Watch, Wait, Wonder is a part of .

Watch, Wait and Wonder is a child led psychotherapeutic approach that specifically and directly uses the infant’s spontaneous activity in a free play format to enhance maternal sensitivity and responsiveness, the child’s sense of self and self-efficacy, emotion regulation, and the child-parent attachment relationship. The approach provides space for the infant/child and parent to work through developmental and relational struggles through play. Also central to the process is engaging the parent to be reflective about the child’s inner world of feelings, thoughts and desires, through which the parent recognizes the separate self of the infant and gains an understanding of her own emotional responses to her child. Because of the central role of the infant/child in the intervention and the relationship focus, Watch, Wait and Wonder differs from other interventions which tend to focus primarily on the more verbal partner, the parent.

Second Step

Second Step is a part of .

Second Step is a classroom-based social-skills program for children 4 to 14 years of age that teaches socio-emotional skills aimed at reducing impulsive and aggressive behavior while increasing social competence. The program builds on cognitive behavioral intervention models integrated with social learning theory, empathy research, and social information-processing theories. The program consists of in-school curricula, parent training, and skill development. Second Step teaches children to identify and understand their own and others' emotions, reduce impulsiveness and choose positive goals, and manage their emotional reactions and decision making process when emotionally aroused. The curriculum is divided into two age groups: preschool through 5th grade (with 20 to 25 lessons per year) and 6th through 9th grade (with 15 lessons in year 1 and 8 lessons in the following 2 years). Each curriculum contains five teaching kits that build sequentially and cover empathy, impulse control, and anger management in developmentally and age-appropriate ways. Group decision making, modeling, coaching, and practice are demonstrated in the Second Step lessons using interpersonal situations presented in photos or video format.

 

School-Aged Treatment Services

School-Aged Treatment Services is a part of .

The School Aged Treatment program is a highly individualized, family- focused and community-based specialty mental health treatment. The program is designed for individuals up to 21 years of age with emotional and behavior problems and who may be at risk of serious consequences.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy is a part of .

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. By creating an interface between the scholarly activities of PCIT researchers and the expertise of front-line clinicians, PCIT International promotes healthy family functioning.

The goals of PCIT International are to:

  • Foster the growth and expertise of the network of local, regional, national, and international PCIT therapists
  • Highlight the research activities and clinical innovations developed by the PCIT community
  • Empower parents to make changes that will lead to a nurturing and secure relationship with their children
  • Improve the lives of children and families worldwide through the provision of sound, empirically-based assessment and treatment.

Parent Child Dyad Art Therapy

Parent Child Dyad Art Therapy is a part of .

Parent-Child Dyad Art Therapy is a therapeutic intervention focused on helping traumatized children by providing an environment for spontaneous non-verbal self-expression through art with their caregiver to alleviate emotional stress and strengthen attachment.

Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training

Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training is a part of .

In the late 1960's, researchers began to investigate how to identify children at risk for failure to thrive, abuse or neglect. In 1971, Dr. Kathryn Barnard, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Family and Child Nursing at the University of Washington, initiated research that brought the ecology of early child development closer to the level of clinical practice by developing methods for assessing behaviors of children and parents. She identified environmental factors that are critical to a child's well-being and demonstrated the importance of parent-child interaction as a predictor of later cognitive and language development. These assessment tools, widely known as the NCAST Feeding and Teaching Parent-Child Interaction scales, were initially taught in 1979 to over 600 nurses in a series of eight classes via satellite in the U.S. After the satellite training experiment ended, NCAST (Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training), under the direction of Georgina Sumner, started offering a Certified Instructor Workshop in Seattle. These professionals gained reliability in the use of the Feeding and Teaching Scales and after obtaining certification as an NCAST Local Instructor went back to their communities to teach others in the use of the scales. 

In the 1980's NCAST became a self-sustaining organization at the University of Washington that reached beyond traditional academic or continuing education programs to advance knowledge around the world for the benefit of families and children. The Feeding and Teaching Scale program was updated in 1994 and is currently known as the Parent-Child Interaction (PCI) Program. 

Love and Logic Parenting

Love and Logic Parenting is a part of .

We offer Love and Logic parenting classes so that parents or guardians can learn to enjoy a better relationship with their kids. Parents want to enjoy their kids, have fun with them, and enjoy a less stressful family life. At no time in history have parents been more unsure of their parental role. Even the best are not all that sure about whether they are using the best techniques. They say that their kids don't appear to be much like the ones they knew in years past.

A lot of conflicting philosophies have been presented over the last 30 years. Many of these sound good, but don't seem to do the job of helping children become respectful, responsible, and a joy to be around. Many ideas, offered with the best of intentions, center around making sure that kids are comfortable and feeling good about themselves in order to have a good self-concept. However, we have discovered that self-confidence is achieved through struggle and achievement, not through someone telling you that you are number one. Self-confidence is not developed when kids are robbed of the opportunity to discover that they can indeed solve their own problems with caring adult guidance.

Katie-A (Pathways to Wellness)

Katie-A (Pathways to Wellness) is a part of .

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 which includes the following:

  • A strong engagement with the child and family
  • Focus on strengths and needs
  • Team consists of formal and informal supports
  • Use of intensive in-home rehabilitation services
  • Support and encourage attainment of health and well being
  • Reduction of permanency timeline
  • Reduce reliance on congregate care

Infant Massage

Infant Massage is a part of .

The benefits of infant massage for bonding and connection have been shown over and over again. We provide parents and caregivers with training and education to enhance the love, value and connection to their infants.

 

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