Mental health is how we think, feel and act as we cope with life. It also means how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Like physical health, mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. At Child & Family Center, we treat hundreds of children and their families each week. They come to us seeking help for various reasons. Each is given an individualized treatment plan to receive the best possible care. Our full spectrum of services includes individual, group, family and school-based counseling, as well as intensive in-home care. No matter the problem, we're here to help.
What to Look For
If your child is exhibiting unusual behavior, it may be time to seek help. Look for any of the following warning signs that your child may need help:
- Intense Fear or Helplessness
- Withdrawal or Detachment
- Poor Concentration
- Aggressive Behavior
- Sleep Disturbance
- Lack of Responsiveness
- Lack of Interest in Things
- Hyper-vigilance (Intensely Watching for More Distressing Events)
- Sudden Feelings of Terror for No Reason
- Expressing Repeated, Upsetting Thoughts or Obsessions
- Reverting to Behavior from Earlier Life Stages
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
- Strong, Irrational Fears of Something That Poses Little or No Actual Danger, Such as Heights, Public Places or Closed in Places.
- Postponing Starting Working on Homework
- Harming or Threatening Themselves, Other People or Pets
- Damaging or Destroying Property
- Lying or Stealing
- Not Doing Well in School, Skipping School
- Early Smoking, Drinking or Drug Use
- Early Sexual Activity
- Frequent Tantrums and Arguments
- Consistent Hostility Towards Authority Figures
- Displays Very Little Emotion
- Does Not Show Interest in Sights Sounds or Touch
- Rejects or Avoids Being Touched or Held or Playing with Others
- Unusually Difficult to Soothe or Console
- Unable to Comfort or Calm Self
- Extremely Fearful or On-guard
- Does Not Turn to Familiar Adults for Comfort or Help
- Exhibits Sudden Behavior Changes
- Cannot Play with Others or Objects
- Absence of Language or Communication
- Frequently Fights with Others
- Very Sad
- Unusually Fearful
- Inappropriate Responses to Situations (E.G., Laughs Instead of Cries)
- Extremely Active
- Loss of Earlier Skills (E.G., Toileting, Language, Motor)
- Sudden Behavior Changes
- Very Accident Prone
- Destructive to Self And/Or Others
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Teens & Young Adults
Adults & Families
Therapists can help clients cope with challenges in their lives, learn self-confidence and social skills, manage anger and emotions, and develop other positive life skills. During individual therapy children and youth work one-on-one with a trained therapist to explore their feelings, behaviors and memories in a safe and caring, environment where they work to better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward the changes they would like to see in themselves. Our team of professionals includes licensed psychologists licensed clinical social workers, marriage, family and child therapists and psychiatrists. Click here to read more English Spanish
Many of the children and youth are experiencing significant emotional distress, behavioral problems and psychological disorders which impact their well-being and ability to function at home, school and the community. Others have:
- Experienced Trauma
- School failure
- A suicide risk
- Foster care or juvenile justice involvements
- A history of psychiatric hospitalizations or are at risk for psychiatric hospitalization
- A diagnosed co-occurring substance abuse, developmental or medical disorder
- Services may include but are not limited to
- Individual and family counseling
- 24/7 staff availability and crisis services
- Help with emotional distress and physical health
- Assistance with acquiring independent living skills and housing
- Help with seeking education and employment
- Substance abuse and domestic violence counseling and assistance
Case managers work with children and their families in their homes and the community, providing linkages to additional services or resources. In addition, they provide rehabilitation services focusing on skill building including:
- Basic hygiene
- Organizational skills
- Independent living skills
Teens & Adults
Our program consists of outpatient and intensive outpatient services that support a sober life and
meet you where you’re at. There is an initial and ongoing assessment of your needs. The program encompasses:
• Early Intervention
• Treatment Planning
• Individual Counseling
• Group Counseling
• Family Therapy
• Life Skills Training
• Crisis Services (if needed)
• Case Management
• Recovery Planning
• Relapse Prevention
• Aftercare Services
• Alcohol and Drug Screening (Program Requirement)
• Psychiatric Services
While receiving treatment, you will focus on
• Internal and external triggers
• Challenges in recovery
• The brain and drugs
• How to avoid relapse
• Taking care of yourself
• Managing day-to-day tasks
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Adults & Families
Our Domestic Violence Program provides safety and support to victims of domestic violence while working to break the cycle of abuse.
- Support groups
- Individual therapy
- Peer Counseling
- Court Advocacy
- Case Management
- 30-Day Emergency Shelter
- 24-hour Hotline
- 16-week court approved education course
Call us at our 24-hour hotline (661) 259-HELP (4357), or at our non-emergency line (661) 259-8175, for confidential information and support.
Click here to see the six steps to lead you or your loved one to safety.
Young children who have been the victims of abuse or other trauma receive specific treatments to help overcome the impact of the trauma, improve their feelings about themselves and improve how they interact with others.
The unique treatment program focuses on promoting positive parent-child relationships and interactions, and teaching parents effective child management skills. Parents learn and acquire specific skills, practice these skills until mastery is achieved and the child's behavior has improved. The most appropriate referrals are children between the ages of 2-7 years who are exhibiting challenging, disruptive behaviors.
The program is designed to help children who are having difficulties in a classroom setting, enabling them to become more focused on learning and able to better participate in their community. Comprehensive services include individual, family and group counseling. Students can be seen during regular classroom hours on campus or at the Center. Referrals to staff psychiatrists are made as deemed necessary and appropriate. The therapists provide support to both the student and the classroom teacher. Therapists may observe classroom interactions and are available for consultation with teachers, counselors, school psychologists and administrators to over appropriate classroom interventions for the teacher in dealing with the student.
Teens & Young Adults
Adults & Families
Topics rotate during the year. Please click here to see a list of current group classes.
Prevention & Early Intervention Groups
Early Intervention Groups are facilitated by Child & Family Center School-Based clinicians and are held at either school campuses or at Child & Family Center
Raising the children's awareness of important issues, they learn interventions that can be used in changing challenging behaviors and ways of thinking.
Elementary School Topics
- Building Self Esteem
- Controlling Anger
- Coping with Divorce Stress
- Getting Along with Others
- Good Citizens Club
- Grieving - Learning from Losses
- Peace Making Skills
- Taking Responsibility
Middle School Topics
- Coping Skills
- Cyber Bullying
- Relationship Issues
- Managing Anger
- Middle School Transition
- Relationships at Home
- Understanding Cultural Differences
Request an Appointment
Call the Child & Family Center at 661-259-9439 to get help. Upon contacting the Center, a determination is made if the child is in imminent danger to harm himself or others, in which case they are seen immediately. Those interested in mental health services and/or groups are given a phone screening by a case manager to determine the child's presenting symptoms and their severity. A client orientation appointment is set, and depending on the urgency of the situation, the child is assigned to a therapist.
Cost for Services
Child & Family Center has access to many funding streams for which many of the residents of Santa Clarita may be eligible. If you are part of an HMO or PPO insurance plan, we will help direct you to them. If not, we will work with you to see if the plan that you do have will permit the use and reimbursement of our services.
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