Located in South Central Los Angeles, California, the Avalon Carver Community Center has primarily served Latino and African-American clients for the past 70 years. ACCC offers state-funded programs that address socio-economic challenges and other culturally sensitive problems facing minorities with low incomes. These issues include racism, discrimination, poverty, unemployment, substance abuse, gang violence and mental health and wellness. Treatment options include an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for substance abuse with group and individual therapy, 12-step groups, anger management groups and parenting classes. ACCC’s interest in providing culturally competent outpatient groups makes their services unique.
Treatment and Staff
For those in need of substance abuse support there is a six-month IOP available. The program requires individuals to attend group therapy three times a week and individual therapy once a week. Groups meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 to 11:30 am. Individual therapy is scheduled on a case-by-case basis and typically last for 45 minutes to an hour.
During groups, counselors cover topics related to chemical dependencies by using cultural experience to help clients identify and understand their circumstances. This process includes understanding cultural differences, biases and assumptions that may trigger negative behavior patterns leading to substance abuse. The classes take on an educational and discussion-based format when addressing course material. On the other hand, individual sessions are used to set goals and monitor each client’s progress.
ACCC also offers a 12-session anger management program that meets once a week for an hour and a half each time. The group meets every Wednesday from 1 to 2:30 pm. Clients are advised to arrive early to sign up for the class, though walk-ins are also welcome. The groups cover topics such as domestic abuse, road rage, workplace violence, divorce and addiction. There are also 12-step group meetings held twice a week—AA meets on Monday nights from 6 to 7 pm while NA is on Saturday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Though clients in IOP are not required to attend 12-step meetings, they are highly advised to do so.
ACCC also provides a parenting class in both English and Spanish. The English parenting group meets on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 2:30 pm and the Spanish group meets Thursdays from 6 to 8 pm. Parenting classes are offered as educational lectures, group discussions as well as via family and individual counseling. Through groups, parents are taught adequate tools for effective parenting. Counselors discuss topics like communication skills, effective discipline and how to create loving relationships with your child.
Lastly, ACC provides The DUI First Offenders Program in both English and Spanish. Clients are offered educational and group counseling for either three or six months. The three-month program for English speakers meets on Thursdays from 6 to 9 pm and the Spanish speakers groups meet on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays at the same time. The six-month program for English speakers is held on Thursdays from 6 to 9 pm and for Spanish speakers on Mondays at the same time.
The Avalon Carver Community Center provides outpatient programs that mainly serve low-income Latinos and African Americans. Its services are best for those who have flexible schedules and are interested in culturally sensitive treatment. As an added bonus, all programs are state-funded making treatment accessible to low-income residents in the South Central Los Angeles area.
Avalon Carver Community Center
4920 S. Avalon Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90011
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