Victorville (Desert Mountain Region)

VCSS Victorville is located in the High Desert County Region of San Bernardino County, the largest County in the continental United States. The High Desert, at the heart of the County, provides main transportation arteries easily connecting beach, desert and mountain cities such as Las Vegas, San Diego, Big Bear, and Phoenix, as well as everywhere in between. Within an easy commute to all recreational activities, the High Desert is one of the few areas in California that still boasts of clean air, country living, and affordable housing.

Seeking Safety

Seeking Safety is a part of .

Seeking Safety is a present-focused treatment for clients with a history of trauma and substance abuse. The treatment was designed for flexible use: group or individual format, male and female clients, and a variety of settings (e.g., outpatient, inpatient, residential). Seeking Safety focuses on coping skills and psychoeducation and has five key principles: (1) safety as the overarching goal (helping clients attain safety in their relationships, thinking, behavior, and emotions); (2) integrated treatment (working on both posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse at the same time); (3) a focus on ideals to counteract the loss of ideals in both PTSD and substance abuse; (4) four content areas: cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, and case management; and (5) attention to clinician processes (helping clinicians work on countertransference, self-care, and other issues).

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 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.

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.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training is a part of .

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 or older—regardless of prior experience—who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown by major studies to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community.
Virtually anyone age 16 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, can become an ASIST-trained caregiver. Developed in 1983 and regularly updated to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop. During the two-day interactive session, participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop, and studies have proven that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings for those at risk. 

Workshop features:

  • Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers
  • A scientifically proven intervention model
  • Powerful audiovisual learning aids
  • Group discussions
  • Skills practice and development
  • A balance of challenge and safety

https://www.livingworks.net/programs/asist/ 

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

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.

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