Child Family Outpatient Mental Health

Services and Programs

  • Crisis Intervention
    Immediate appointments are available for children and their families experiencing life crises for a maximum of six visits.
  • (Brief) Family Therapy
    Child and Family Development Center professionals are available to work with families to assist in developing the tools necessary for an improved life at home, school, work and in the community.
  • Child Abuse Prevention, Intervention & Treatment
    Services provided include individual and family therapy, specialized group therapy, and in-home family services for abused children.
  • Clinic for Learning and Attention Deficit Disorders (CLAD)
    The CLAD team provides diagnostic evaluation and systemic treatment of disruptive behaviors that are marked by impulsivity, attention deficit, disordered conduct, and/or learning disabilities. Available services include parent education and support, individual and group therapy, psychiatric services and case management.
  • Psychosocial/Psychotherapy Program for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
    Individual, group and family psychotherapy, socialization/rehabilitation groups a nd psychiatric support are available to individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Youth Development Project
    School-based mental health services including group therapy, teacher consultation, crisis intervention and training are offered to at-risk youths at three Santa Monica schools. Outreach to parents and family therapy is also provided. In addition, outreach and mental health services are provided to Pico Youth & Family Center.
  • Families And Schools Together Team (FAST)
    FAST is a community based mental health program that provides services to students attending several local schools and a Boys and Girls Club. Services include individual, family and group therapy, as well as teacher consultations and crisis intervention on site at the individual schools by English and Spanish speaking social workers and psychologists. FAST’s focus on helping a child develop emotional health includes building a strong team consisting of parent(s), teachers and school officials, the child, and the therapist, all working together to provide encouragement, rules, and social/emotional learning experiences for the child.
  • Partnership for Families Program (PFF)The Partnership for Families Program (PFF) is funded by First 5 LA and assists with the prevention of child abuse.  With collaborative help from community social service agencies, PFF disseminates support to high risk families to effectively resolve the challenges they encounter.

Mental Services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People

CFDC provides a mental health program serving children, adults and families. Services include outpatient therapy, medication, crisis intervention, case management, psychological/psychiatric evaluation, probation certified domestic violence treatment, and community outreach. Specialized services for individuals with substance abuse and mental health diagnoses are also offered.

Birth to 5 Programs

  • The Therapeutic Preschool
    The Therapeutic Preschool provides a safe, nurturing environment for children who require early intervention due to neurological, behavioral, and/or psychological disturbances. Children enrolled are ages 2 1/2 through 5. The program is nationally recognized and serves as a model for other organizations.
  • Early Childhood Assessment and Treatment Program
    Comprehensive assessment and treatment for infants and children ages birth to 5 years and their caregivers are provided when concerns arise as to whether a child’s behavior is typical or age-appropriate. Services include child-parent/caregiver therapy, family therapy, psycho- education and coordination with other professionals or agencies.
  • Early Childhood Directions
    An infant, toddler and preschool program, providing child care services for families with children from 3 months to 6 years of age is available to the community.

Other Services

  • Community Outreach
    Consultation, education and prevention services, such as a speaker’s bureau, rap groups or critical incident debriefing are offered in response to identified community needs or crisis.
  • Training and Research
    Training in psychology (American Psychological Association-Accredited) and graduate social work is provided on site. Ongoing research conducted in collaboration with local universities and program evaluation are essential components of all CFDC services.
  • Parent Education
    Skills for successful parenting are taught in a variety of specialized groups. Creative problem solving, strategies for improving child-parent relationships, and approaches to child/adolescent behavior management are stressed.