Uplift Family Services
BIRTH TO FIVE OUTPATIENT PROGRAM
Uplift Family Services (formerly known as Hollygrove) offers specialized services to meet the unique needs of young children and their families. To achieve the best outcomes for our families, all of our service providers have foundational knowledge in brain development, typical and atypical child development, attachment, motor development, sensory integration and processing, and the effects of trauma on young children. Added to this knowledge is specialty training in evidence-informed promising and/or evidence based practices designed to meet the distinctive needs of families with young children. Vitally important, families are engaged as partners in care with their voice and choice central to all treatment planning. The family’s racial and cultural identity, language, values, preferences, traditions and beliefs are incorporated into all aspects of services received with all services available in English and Spanish. To assure maximal access to care, the following services are offered in homes, schools and the community based on the family’s needs and desires. Honoring the importance of the bond between the caregiver and the young child, treatment is dyadic whereby the primary caregiver and the child are most often seen together.
ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT PLANNING
Service planning begins with the engagement of the family in a comprehensive, strengths-based, family-centered assessment using the Infancy, Childhood, & Relationship Initial Assessment (ICARE) and the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS). This assessment process creates a shared vision with the family of the child’s and caregivers’ needs and strengths that leads directly to an individualized treatment plan with relevant treatment goals. This plan includes providing mental health services, building natural supports to optimize family functioning, as well as linking to other critical services needed by the family such as referral to the local WIC office, Head Start program, or for pediatric care. The family’s needs and strengths are assessed periodically throughout services providing feedback regarding treatment effectiveness, making adjustments to the treatment plan, as well as measuring the completion of goals and readiness for discharge.
Uplift Family Services’ specialized services for infants, toddlers, and families with young children are on the cutting edge because of the utilization of e include evidence-based treatment protocols and evidence-informed sensory-based specialty services.
Child Parent Psychotherapy. CPP is a relationship-based treatment model designed to repair the effects of stress and trauma on young children and their attachment with their caregiver. The model is unique in that it heals the child by utilizing the strengths and resources within the caregiver-child relationship. . Oftentimes, the parent has also been traumatized and needs assistance in helping their child. The therapist joins the caregiver-child dyad to provide non-judgmental developmental guidance, helping translate the child’s behavior or play in a way the parent will understand as well as guiding the parent in talking about the trauma in ways a very young child can understand. The goal for the child is to make sense of what has happened, be able to regulate their feelings about it, and regain a sense of safety within their relationship with the caregiver.
Parent Child Interaction Therapy. PCIT is an intensive parent-child treatment program for families with children, ages 2 though 7, who display serious behavioral problems (e.g., defiance, non-compliance, aggression, peer conflicts, and temper tantrums). In this model there are two components, Relationship Enhancement and Discipline, in which caregivers are taught how to: 1) decrease the negative aspects and increase positive/supportive communication with their child and, 2) effectively use behavior management skills. Specific skills are taught and parents are coached live via two-way mirror and “bug in the ear” technology to give parents the opportunity to practice these skills during therapy until mastery is achieved and the child’s behavior improves.
EVIDENCE-INFORMED SENSORY-BASED SPECIALTY SERVICES
Sensory-Focused Services. Of critical importance during a child’s early years is achieving the very first socio-emotional milestone of self-regulation: the dual ability to take an interest in the sights, sounds, and sensations of the world and to calm oneself down. The ability to self-regulate enables us all to take in and respond to the world around us and has a profound effect on the bonding between caregivers and infants. All infants vary in their sensitivity to the stimulation the world offers and the caregivers’ attunement to their infant is foundational to their relationship and the child’s future success in navigating the world as they grow. Strengthening this caregiver-child bond is integrated into all therapeutic services in our program with additional support available from our Birth to Five Child Development Specialist, use of our specialized sensory-motor therapy room designed specifically to address their sensory needs, as well as ongoing staff training and consultation from Catherine Crowley, OTD, OTR/L from the University of Southern California.
Uplift Family Services Birth to Five Outpatient Program is funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Prevention and Early Intervention via the California Mental Health Services Act, and First 5/LA.