Located in Los Angeles, California, The Village Family Services is a non-profit outpatient facility providing both behavioral health services and social care for adolescents and families. Its mission includes serving the Latino communities of Southern California; the organization’s staff is largely bilingual in Spanish and English. LMFTs Hugo Villa and Irma Seilicovich opened the facility in 1999.
Treatment and Staff
The Village Family Services focus on breaking the cycle of abuse and avoiding neglect within families. Its aims to help children and families live in a stable environment “free of social, emotional, verbal and physical harm.” Treatment is individualized and trauma-informed, focusing on building strength and using evidence-based practices in a culturally sensitive manner.
The facility aims to address the sources and traumatic results of violence, addiction, neglect, homelessness and abuse. Treatment is compassionate, individualized and centers on evidence-based modalities.
Therapies for children aim to aid with the PTSD, learning disabilities, delayed motor and cognitive skills, anxiety, depression, aggressive antisocial behaviors and any other maladaptive behaviors or disabilities that result from prolonged experience to trauma and/or abuse. These are all addressed through case management, individual counseling, family therapy, and group sessions. Also available are school-based services, in-home counseling, psychiatric assessments and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). Evidence-based practices include specialized CBT, Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), Seeking Safety (SS), Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP), Crisis-Oriented Recovery Services (CORS) and interpersonal therapy.
A number of support groups are available, including those for domestic violence, anger management and parenting. The first two are 52-week programs with two hour-long weekly sessions; the latter lasts 26 weeks with clients participating in a 90-minute session once a week.
Staff includes LSCWs, MFT-Is, counselors, psychotherapists, a PsyD, MSW-Is, a licensed clinical psychologist, Bachelor’s- and Master’s-level LMFTs, foster care social workers, adoption program managers, rehousing specialists, child and family specialists, MFTs and a licensed addiction counselor.
Foster care placement services are offered by foster care social workers to help ensure that children are placed in “loving, stable and safe family environments.” Foster parents are given training and certification. If possible, family reunification can eventually be arranged.
Intensive treatment foster care is available as an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization and group home placement for children with severe emotional disturbances. In addition to placement with a foster family equipped and trained for these circumstances, the Village Family Services provides any needed mental health services for the children and families alike, including case management, therapy and psychiatric services.
There are specialized plans available for LGB and transgender youth. Also offered is aid for homeless youth that includes education, survival aid, counseling, crisis intervention and help transitioning to stable housing.
The Village Family Services facilities offer a remarkably compassionate space for at-risk children and families to come together and repair rifts in their relationships. The organization also fills a crucial gap in foster family and homeless youth social services.
The Village Family Services
6836 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Ste 200
North Hollywood, CA 91606
2677 Zoe Ave, Ste 110
Huntington Park, CA 90255
6801 Coldwater Canyon
North Hollywood, CA 91605
The Village Family Services Cost: Depends on service. Reach The Village Family Services by phone at (818) 755-8786 or by email at [email protected]. Find The Village Family Services on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn
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