Academy Classrooms provides psychoeducation for 7th and 8th Graders in Lake Elsinore USD. The goal of the program is to improve academic performance and reduce dropouts. The more work we can do in reducing dropouts the better the community will be overall. This program is done in partnership with the Lake Elsinore Unified School District.
Below is a list of programs we offer in this county, and a brief description of each. For fuller descriptions of a program, please click on the program name.
With the newly licensed full services Adoptions Program from the State of California, Victor has made a firm commitment to the permanency of foster children who are unable to reunite with their birth families by recruitment of Resource Families willing to adopt. Click on the program link for more information.
Adoptions Assistance Program is a Wraparound program focused on helping adoptive families. Wraparound is an intensive, holistic method of engaging with individuals with complex needs (most typically children, youth, and their families) so that they can live in their homes and communities and realize their hopes and dreams.
Aggression Replacement Training® is a cognitive behavioral intervention program to help children and adolescents improve social skill competence and moral reasoning, better manage anger, and reduce aggressive behavior.The program specifically targets chronically aggressive children and adolescents ages 12-17.
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.
The services at VCSS are highly individualized and flexible in order to meet the specific needs of families, stabilize immediate crises, and to provide care for the child in the least restrictive setting possible. VCSS maintains a favorable staff to client ratio that allows treatment contact to be tailored to each client’s particularly needs. We take a team approach that includes Psychiatrists, Clinicians, and Rehabilitative specialists.
This program is for juvenile justice involved adolescents ages 12-18 suffering from co-occurring disorders (substance abuse and mental health disorders) that can best be served by the provision of a highly individualized, comprehensive, compassionate program.
The program is based upon a treatment collaborative, following a harm reduction model, and ensuring that all stakeholders are involved in the process. Through this process the needs of these adolescents can be met and teens can be empowered, families restored, and lifelong recoveries initiated and sustained.
Cognitive-Behavior Interventions (CBIs) refer to a number of different but related interventions used to change behavior by teaching individuals to understand and modify thoughts and behaviors. Problem solving, anger control, self-instruction, and self-control are examples of interventions under the umbrella of CBI. Typically, students learn to recognize difficult situations that have produced inappropriate/violent responses, then identify and implement an acceptable response. Students also learn to restrain aggressive behavior using covert speech.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (also known by its abbreviation, CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people’s difficulties, and so change the way they feel. It is used to help treat a wide range of issues in a person’s life, from sleeping difficulties or relationship problems, to drug and alcohol abuse or anxiety and depression.
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”.
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.
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.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive-behavioral treatment approach with two key characteristics: a behavioral, problem-solving focus blended with acceptance-based strategies, and an emphasis on dialectical processes. "Dialectical" refers to the issues involved in treating patients with multiple disorders and to the type of thought processes and behavioral styles used in the treatment strategies.
The Early Identification Intervention Services program identifies infants, toddlers and in some cases, preschoolers who show evidence of or are at risk for lags in physical development, cognitive development, language and speech development, psychosocial development or self-help skills.
The program provides or coordinates the delivery of an enrichment program in order to minimize the potential for a developmental delay and to meet their current developmental needs.
ERMHS encompasses a wide variety of treatments and programs that serve the mental health community. Programs under the ERMHS umbrella Include:
- Assessment & Evaluation
- Individual, Family & Group Counseling
- Rehabilitative Services
- Parent training and Family support
- Crisis Intervention and stabilization
- Medication support and monitoring; and
- Wraparound intensive services
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. Click on the program link for more information.
The focus of the Family Resource Center is the family unit. We offer a variety of support groups and classes to support the family. Click on the program link to see examples of programs we offer.
Family Vision is an intensive in home placement program designed with a Wraparound Philosophy consistent with the Senate Bill 163. The program goal is to support families in their ability to become self-sufficient and independent of formalized services. Family Vision collaborates with existing community service providers and fosters relationships with natural supports.
Our FCAT team provides mental health assessment and counseling for children who live with their families, relatives, or in foster homes.
This team provides services that enable children and families to live with continuity and minimal change in residential placement.
The Resource Family (Foster/Adoptive) parents and our professional staff work as a team to provide consistent care, and treatment for the children. Victor continually seeks eligible families and individuals to join our foster program. The most important criteria is the desire to make a difference in the life of a child and the ability to work as a team with Victor.
Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is built on an integrated theoretical foundation, and systematic research evidence that demonstrates its efficacy and effectiveness for reducing serious criminal behavior in youth. As a true family therapy, FFT targets the family relational system as the entry point and primary target for systematic and individualized treatment.
VCSS specializes in providing family-based mental health treatment and case management services for a broad array of target populations. This service focuses on children and youth who are at risk of out-of-home placement, in foster care, involved with the Juvenile Justice system, and with more serious emotional disorders for which traditional services are insufficient. Children’s School Based Services are a strength based approach that maximizes an individuals functioning in the school setting.
Incredible Years is a set of three interlocking, comprehensive, and developmentally based training programs for children and their parents and teachers. These programs are guided by developmental theory on the role of multiple interacting risk and protective factors in the development of conduct problems. The three programs are designed to work jointly to promote emotional and social competence and to prevent, reduce, and treat behavioral and emotional problems in young children.
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.
The first 5 years of life are very important for a child because this time sets the stage for success in school and later life. During infancy and childhood, many experiences should be gained and many skills learned. It is important to ensure that each child’s development is proceeding without difficulties during this period.
The goal of Intensive Family Services is to prevent children from being placed out-of-home and/or to support continuity of current placement. Our professional staff works in partnership with families, care-givers, public agencies, and the community to do “whatever it takes” to keep children safely in families.
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.
LEAP (Learn Empower Advocate Persevere) is a program that provides intensive advocacy services and evidenced based interventions to youth involved with Riverside County Department of Social Services and Riverside County Probation. This is a strength based intervention implemented to resolve immediate family crisis and help each family and youth create support systems in their community.
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.
The Matrix Model is an intensive outpatient treatment approach for stimulant abuse and dependence that was developed through 20 years of experience in real-world treatment settings. The intervention consists of relapse-prevention groups, education groups, social-support groups, individual counseling, and urine and breath testing delivered over a 16-week period. Patients learn about issues critical to addiction and relapse, receive direction and support from a trained therapist, become familiar with self-help programs, and are monitored for drug use by urine testing.
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).
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.
Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change.
It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.
North Valley Schools are the education programs operated under the auspices of Victor Treatment Centers. North Valley School (NVS) is WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) accredited and certified by the State of California Department of Education. North Valley School's mission is to provide a successful, comprehensive, and therapeutic educational program. It is designed to educate special education students whom have been unsuccessful in the regular education environment utilizing state standards based driven curriculum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The goal of the Peer to Peer Program is to promote community awareness in Transition Age Youth (TAY) about mental health, link TAY to mental health services in the community and reduce the stigma associated with having mental illness. The Peer-To-Peer Program is funded by the Riverside County Department of Mental Health and the Mental Health Services Act and Prevention and Early Intervention funding.
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."
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.
The guiding vision for the Children's SART (Screening Assessment Referral and Treatment) Model of Care is: Children ages 0 - 5 within the context of their families, will be screened, assessed, and referred for treatment through a universal collaborative and standardized process that strengthens and builds on existing programs in the community. It is an integrated system of health and behavioral health and child welfare, which will ensure access to appropriate early intervention services for children (0 -5 years of age) in San Bernardino County.
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.
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).
Set-4-School provides a comprehensive continuum of early identification, early intervention, and treatment services designed to promote social competence and decrease the development of disruptive behavior disorders among children ages 0-5.
Victor Treatment Centers (VTC) exists to provide a healthy, healing alternative strength-based services oriented living environment for severely emotionally disturbed children and young adults.
Our services utilize a strengths-based approach that strives to assist with the stabilization of youth challenges and facilitate a successful transition to their family, community and education supports. Our services are provided through our team of professionals and include (but are not limited to):
Victor Treatment Centers provides supportive therapeutic services to girls ages 13 – 19 years of age. Our services utilize a strengths-based approach that strives to assist with the stabilization of youth challenges and facilitate a successful transition to their family, community and education supports. Our services are provided through our team of professionals and include (but are not limited to):
SPARCS stands for Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress. SPARCS is a 16-session group intervention that was specifically designed to address the needs of chronically traumatized adolescents who may still be living with ongoing stress and may be experiencing problems in several areas of functioning.
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.
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).
Our TBS program provides critical, short-term support and is designed to provide one-on-one therapeutic aid to children/youth. TBS provides structure and support that will assist children in living successfully in the least restrictive setting possible.
Thinking for a Change (T4C) is a cognitive–behavioral curriculum developed by the National Institute of Corrections that concentrates on changing the criminogenic thinking of offenders. T4C is a cognitive–behavioral therapy (CBT) program that includes cognitive restructuring, social skills development, and the development of problem-solving skills.
We work with Transition Age Youth and Young Adults in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, providing them with vocational and employment support services that teach them employment skills to effectively move them into meaningful work. Providing them the opportunity to obtain marketable job skills further supports their transition into adulthood.
The TIP Model™ prepares youth and young adults with EBD for their movement into adult roles through an individualized process, engaging them in their own futures planning process, as well as providing developmentally-appropriate and appealing supports and services (Clark & Hart, 2009). The TIP Model™ involves youth and young adults (ages 14-29) in a process that facilitates their movement towards greater self-sufficiency and successful achievement of their goals.
At Victor we provide a coordinated and comprehensive array of services for TAY clients who meet the focal population criteria and allow clients to selectively utilize services needed to maximize their individual potentials (Resiliency/Recovery Model) and successfully transition into adulthood.
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (also known by its abbreviation, CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its focus is on those who have experienced trauma. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people’s difficulties, and so change the way they feel. It is used to help treat a wide range of issues in a person’s life, from sleeping difficulties or relationship problems, to drug and alcohol abuse or anxiety and depression.
The Triple P--Positive Parenting Program is a multilevel system or suite of parenting and family support strategies for families with children from birth to age 12, with extensions to families with teenagers ages 13 to 16. Developed for use with families from many cultural groups, Triple P is designed to prevent social, emotional, behavioral, and developmental problems in children by enhancing their parents' knowledge, skills, and confidence.
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.
The Why Try Program is a strength-based approach to helping youth overcome their challenges and improve outcomes in the areas of truancy, behavior, and academics. Youth are taught social and emotional principles through a series of 10 pictures that teaches a discrete principle. These visuals are then reinforced by music and physical activities.
WorkAbility promotes independent living and provides comprehensive pre-employment and follow up services for youth in special education.
Wraparound is an intensive, holistic method of engaging with individuals with complex needs (most typically children, youth, and their families) so that they can live in their homes and communities and realize their hopes and dreams.