The DAZ Foundation is a network of outpatient mental health facilities offering court-ordered substance abuse classes and mental health services. It has locations northwest and south of Los Angeles, California in Torrance and West Los Angeles. In addition to this, a free in-home counseling service for victims of crimes (including abuse and assault) is offered across the Los Angeles area. Founder Harry Davidow is an MSW with extensive experience treating a wide range of trauma and offender-related concerns.
Treatment and Staff
Court-ordered classes are available, focusing on anger management, domestic violence, high-conflict and co-parenting, anti-theft/anti-gang matters, substance abuse, child abuse and batterer’s intervention. These are offered during the daytime and evening as well as on weekends, with an accelerated program running on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm. These sessions are available in group classes as well as one-on-one programs, all led by Master’s-level facilitators who use evidence-based methodologies. Classes may involve group discussions, PowerPoint presentations, counseling and interactive activities.
Domestic violence programs are gender-specific, using the evidence-based Duluth Model for cessation of domestic violence. Clients learn about the cycle of violence as well as the causes of domestic violence and strategies of response. A separate, also gender-specific Batterer’s Intervention Program meets for two hours once a week. Discussions cover non-violence and non-threatening behaviors, respect, establishing and maintaining trust, giving support, honesty, taking accountability, responsible parenting, sharing responsibility, economic partnership, sexual respect, negotiation tactics and fairness.
Parenting classes use the evidence-based, Nurturing Parenting program. The trauma-informed and family-centered model focuses on skills teaching and education to help clients establish a strong parenting model. Topics include creating attachment within the family, learning about a child’s behavior and what it means, teaching self-esteem and self-control, reducing stress and managing conflict.
Evidence-based treatments include CBT, DBT, psychodynamic psychotherapy and mindfulness. Support groups as well as individual and couples counseling are offered. In addition to court-ordered classes, clients may choose to participate in the DAZ Foundation’s elective therapies and coaching sessions. Staff includes Master’s and Doctorate-level clinicians as well as registered interns overseen by LCSWs and LMFTs.
Victims of Crime counseling services are available for those who qualify. Art, movement and drama therapy are offered. Walk-and-talk therapy is available, as are various support groups throughout the week. Mindfulness, meditation and yoga are incorporated into some of the existing therapeutic regimens at the DAZ foundation.
With a remarkable dedication to helping those both court-ordered and voluntarily participating in therapy and skills building classes, the DAZ Foundation has an exceptional swathe of evidence-based programs for a wide range of concerns. A focus on evidence-based therapeutic modalities promises more than just a simple therapy session or check on a court card, focusing instead on actual healing and betterment.
The DAZ Foundation
23314 Crenshaw Blvd, #7
Torrance, CA 90505
2001 S Barrington
Los Angeles, CA 90025
The DAZ Foundation Cost: $25-$75 (per session/class depending on service); insurance accepted. Reach The DAZ Foundation by phone at (424) 239-6472 or by email at [email protected]. Find The DAZ Foundation on Facebook
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