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Therapeutic Behavioral Services

We believe that intensive therapy in a child’s environment can be the key to staying out of a hospital or restrictive treatment program. Using evidence-based methodologies, our behavioral therapists work collaboratively as part of the client’s overall team that could include teachers, county mental health professionals, and caregivers. By observing the child and understanding their triggers and functions of their behaviors, our clinicians help each client notice, reduce, and replace problem behaviors. The treatment is short-term, intensive, and takes place in home, school, and/or community settings. We put a strong emphasis on teaching caregivers to sustain behavioral change in their children even after treatment is over.

Educational Mental Health Management

Every child deserves a good education. COFY’s Educational Mental Health Services Program (EMHM) provides a much-needed service of helping families navigate how to get the best education for youth with special needs. Sometimes this means working closely with teachers or therapists from a school district, and other times it means providing intensive therapy for children at risk of going into a residential placement. Whatever your unique situation, our educational services help students get the most from their education, in the least restrictive environment.

Some of our services include:

  • Assisting school districts in meeting their obligations to provide high-level clinical case management and other mental health services for special education students at risk of, or in, residential treatment.
  • Contacting each residential facility and review current of progress toward IEP and treatment goals, criteria for step down and/or discharge and transition planning.
  • Meet with designated educational personnel, families, community partners, and supporting agencies.
  • Produce schedule of placement, 90-day treatment reviews, 6-month IEPs and projected discharge dates.

Our EMHM program includes contracts with over 25 local school districts' SELPAs including West Contra Costa Unified School District, Contra Costa SELPA, Contra Costa County Office of Education, Mt. Diablo Unified School District, San Ramon Valley Unified School District, Berkeley Unified School District, Lafayette School District, Acalanes Union School District, Los Gatos Saratoga Unified School District and San Francisco Unified School District.

Trauma Therapy

Many children have experienced trauma as victims or witnesses of crime. Our Center for Trauma Processing (CTP) offers therapy for children who have experienced such trauma. Our experienced clinicians use research-supported methods such as Play Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) in conjunction with family counseling in order to nurture resilience in clients. As with other programs at COFY, we emphasize teaching caregivers how to sustain behavioral change in their children even after treatment is over.

Parent Education

Parents and caregivers play a vital role as agents of change, and we believe they should be involved in every step of the way. However, many parents need a little guidance. We employ programs such as The Incredible Years, Parent Project and PPP Parenting to help parents develop communication and parenting skills for the challenging work of raising children. COFY offers these programs to schools, churches, and other groups that are interested in helping families, some programs can be provided in either English or Spanish.

Multsystemic Therapy

Families and youth involved with the juvenile justice system are often confused and exhausted. Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an intensively monitored evidence-based model that keeps treatment focused on highly effective interventions. These interventions are focused on helping parents determine how to navigate the system, how to set limits and keep kids out of trouble, and how to create a collaborative relationship with the community rather than an adversarial one.

This MHSA/Medi-Cal funded program is both community-based and family- focused, and seeks to address the complex clinical, social, and educational problems such as violence, drug abuse, and school expulsion of juvenile offenders as an alternative to out-of-home placement. Our skilled clinicians are trained to work collaboratively with family members, deputy probation officers, and others who comprise the client’s team.

Functional Family Therapy

Functional Family Therapy (FFT)works primarily with the families of 11- to 18-year-old youth who have been referred for behavioral or emotional problems by the juvenile justice, mental health, school or child welfare systems.