TLC Child & Family Services oﬀers therapeutic services to adolescents and their families. Our goal is to oﬀer adolescents and their families a multi-disciplinary treatment program that is either an alternative or an addition to the residentially-based program. This unique program creates an integrated set of services for high-risk adolescents and promotes greater success in the family, school and community. We coordinate services with the school, county mental health, community service providers and the family. TLC’s Outpatient Services staﬀ includes clinical psychologists, social workers and marriage and family therapists. Medication support services are provided through a consultant psychiatrist.
We oﬀer individual, family and group therapy for adolescents and their families. Milieu therapy is oﬀered for all students either enrolled at Journey High School or residents of TLC’s residential programs. Students enrolled in the Outpatient Services program participate in daily therapeutic groups such as Social Skills, Yoga, Men’s and Women’s, Animal Assisted Therapy, Substance Abuse, Social Awareness and Personal Goals. Outpatient Mental Health Services provide up to nine groups per week to meet clients’ needs.
All of our residential and Journey High School students are assigned a primary therapist who conducts the weekly individual therapy sessions and bi-monthly family therapy sessions. As students need less therapy or ﬁnd structure in the community such as jobs or after school sports, they are released from the therapy groups. In it’s stead, students continue in individual and family therapy. In addition, aftercare services are available.
TLC has been serving foster youth in residential treatment since 1975. We provide comprehensive care for youth that includes a safe and structured home environment with highly trained staﬀ members along with individual, family, and group therapies that support the growth and development for each youth.
Each foster youth is assessed for psychiatric need and our treatment team takes the time to consider all the complex interacting biopsychosocial factors which may contribute to the emotional or behavioral problems that an individual teenager may be experiencing. Evaluations at TLC are comprehensive, including an extended teen and family initial assessment, review of records, milieu observation, psychiatric evaluation and diagnostic assessment, and on-going team collaboration. If medication is indicated, speciﬁc target symptoms are identiﬁed and side eﬀects discussed with the holder of medication rights and the teenager when appropriate. Consent is obtained from each teen as well as the holder of medication rights. This includes a thorough documentation and submission of all necessary legal forms required by California law. Medications are never prescribed as the only treatment, but if needed, as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Close monitoring for side eﬀects, including lab tests as necessary are an important aspect of medication prescription and regular appointments (monthly or as needed ) are a part of the on-going oversight for youth prescribed psychotropic medications.
TLC does not use medications to treat normal adolescent "disruptive" behavior or emotional volatility, or when such issues are better dealt with in psychotherapy, the milieu or through diet, exercise, or other non-medication approaches.
Our clientele include adolescents with a wide range of mental health challenges including, but not limited, to the following:
Outpatient Mental Health Services is funded by a separate contract from the client’s county mental health department. An individual plan is created for each client. The intensity of services varies depending on the needs of the client and family. Services may range from once a week individual therapy session to weekly individual and family therapy and up to 4-5 group therapy sessions per week.
For further information, please contact our Director of Outpatient Mental Health Services Paula Solomon, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist.