Assessment is a collaborative process that combines psychological testing with practical interventions to help children and their families better understand a child’s symptoms and behaviors. We use the findings to identify the best approach to treatment and make recommendations to help youth at school and at home. By encouraging youth and families to include their own questions in the assessment, we empower them to understand the difficulties they face.
Outpatient Therapy Program
The Outpatient Therapy Program provides long-term individual and family psychotherapy, parent guidance, and clinical case management services. The program aims to help children develop adaptive coping mechanisms, positive relational skills, and to facilitate their healthy development.
Foster Youth Development
Raised in a system where social workers, therapists, counselors, and educators work in relative silos, FYDP is committed to matching foster youth with individuals who stick with them, as they navigate their way through the on-going twists and turns of the foster care system.
Developed with the belief that children should grow up in communities, not programs, FYDP matches our Team Leaders, mentors and therapists to our youth’s lives. We see them where they live, for as long as they need, and as often as they want.
Catch-21: Helping Youth Out
Our Catch-21 program works with adolescents facing significant mental health challenges. By focusing on the vulnerable period between leaving intensive mental health programs and returning to live in the community, Catch-21 helps youth ages 17-21 develop the skills they need to function successfully.
Catch-21 focuses on helping youth develop strategies to achieve their long-term goals, and the emotional and social tools needed to get there. Clinicians meet with youth where they are most comfortable—in coffee shops, at their residences or at WestCoast’s offices. They also facilitate connections with our community partners to find safe and stable housing, and access to resources such as health care, substance use treatment, employment and educational opportunities. Above all, Catch-21 helps participants weather the ups and downs of the transition from residential treatment to independence.
C-Change: Transforming the Lives of Sexually Exploited Minors
The Bay Area is one of the nation’s hubs for child sex trafficking. Every night, roughly 100 girls are sold on the streets of Oakland. In response to this growing problem, we started C-Change, an intensive mental health program that helps children heal from sexual exploitation. C-Change staff build relationships with exploited youth and stay with them through all stages of recovery. In therapy, young adults learn to view themselves and their situations differently, while our team connects them to the things they need the most, such as safe housing, health care and educational resources. With the help of C-Change staff, young people begin to see themselves as worthy of care and respect, and learn the skills needed to advocate for themselves.
STAT (Screening, Stabilization and Transition Program)
STAT is a mental health screening and assessment program, located at the Alameda County Assessment Center. When a child is taken into protective custody by Alameda County Child Protective Services or the police, s/he is brought to the Assessment Center, a child friendly receiving center located at a confidential site where the child can comfortably wait until placement with a relative, foster home or group home is found. (Children already in placement may come to the Assessment Center as well when they are changing placement or picked up after going AWOL from a previous placement.) At the Assessment Center, children are supervised by caring adults and can eat, shower, sleep, watch television, play a game, do arts and crafts, or simply relax. A public health nurse conducts a medical screening. STAT clinicians provide a mental health screening.