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Behavioral Health Care Services

Behavioral Health Care Services is comprised of the following programs: Counseling and Clinical Training Program.


 

Counseling

 

Services Provided

Professional therapists in training with licensed supervisors provide brief counseling to families, individual adults, couples and groups. Services are available in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Swiss German, French, and Hebrew. For additional informaton, please view our program brochure. We also provide psychological assessments. For additional information on psychological assessment services, please view our information sheet

Intake Procedure

Please call the intake line at 510-629-6210 to schedule a phone intake or for more information.

Fees

The cost for services is based on income with sliding scale fees. Medi-Cal is also accepted. Some families in Alameda are qualified for one no-cost counseling sessions.

Group Therapy

A weekly anger management group for adults is currently offered on Monday evenings. Please call 510-629-6372 for additional information. The cost for the group is based on income with sliding scale fees. For more information regarding the anger management group, please view the flyer here. 

Resources

  • Emergency: 9-1-1
  • Crisis Support Services (24 hours): 1-800-309-2131
  • Youth Crisis Line: 1-800-845-5200
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24 hours): 1-800-273-8255
  • National Runaway Switchboard (24 hours): 1-800-621-4000
  • Rape Crisis Hotlines (24 hours) –
    • Alameda County (Bay Area Women Against Rape) – 510-845-7273
    • San Francisco County (SF Women Against Rape) – 415-647-7273
    • West Contra Costa County (Rape Crisis Center) – 510-237-0113
    • Marin County (Rape Crisis Center) – 415-259-2850
  • ACCESS (referrals and information for people with Medi-Cal insurance): 1-800-491-9099
  • Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-422-4453
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
  • California AIDS/HIV Hotline: 1-800-367-2437
  • Sausal Creek: 510-437-2363
  • Family Paths: 1-800-829-3777
  • Alameda Police Department Non-Emergency: 510-337-8340

 

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Clinical Training Program

 

Program Description

The Clinical Training Program, a part of the Behavioral Health Care Services Program, hosts students from psychology and social work graduate schools and therapists who are collecting hours towards licensure.  The training emphasizes a family and community approach to clinical work.  We use videotape and narrative reflecting teams in addition to more traditional individual and group supervision.  Trainees are matched with programs and supervisors based on areas of interest, ranging from families with young children to teen issues to substance abuse.  We have nine trainees and doctoral interns in the program for the 2018-2019 year.

Everyone in the Training Program comes together for a full day of training every week and also shares the commonality of providing services at the clinic site.  Trainees provide the bulk of the family, couple, and individual therapy at the clinic under the auspices of the Behavioral Health Care Services Program.  The work in the clinic also involves on-call crisis response by phone and in person.  Specifically, therapists are trained to respond to family crises which have resulted in police action, though we intervene in quite a wide range of crisis situations. Trainees also facilitate or co-facilitate groups in the clinic.

In addition, trainees work in the high schools of Alameda, providing individual, family, and group therapy to students via the School Based Health Centers.  We also have trainees working as consultants to Head Start teachers in the classroom, providing support to parents, and engaging Head Start children in therapeutic activities individually and in small groups.  Outside of the classroom, trainees provide family and individual therapy to Head Start families.  Trainees also facilitate groups, such as one for parents of children with special needs and one for Head Start fathers and other important male figures in the children's lives.

In the Early Head Start program, trainees facilitate developmental play groups and provide parent-infant and parent-child therapy services.  If interested, trainees also have the opportunity to be involved in home visits and screenings for post-partum depression and child development.  

While the populations and services vary, the Training Program has a unified focus on supporting families in context.  Using a narrative and social justice perspective, the program is strength-based and solution-focused.  We all work closely together as a team.

Applications

Practicum (including third year doctoral, advance Master's students, and post-Master's students) applications follow BAPIC guidelines and are due by February 20, 2019. Practicum positions are open to students from psychology and counseling graduate programs. Post-doctoral applications are due March 5, 2019. Please address in your letter of interest which programs appeal to you most and why you want to work with families/community. The training year begins in late August with a three-day orientation and ends in late June / early July for practicum students and mid-August for pre docs and post docs. Second interviews include a family role play for doctoral interns and post-doctoral fellows, whereas practicum applicants may only be interviewed once. For more information on the training program, please download the information packet here. The updated practicum brochure for the 2019-2020 training year will be available shortly. Please note, for the 2019-2020 year, our APA accredited, on contigency doctoral internship will serve as a captive site for students affiliated with The Wright Institute. The practicum positions are open to other graduate programs. For more information on the doctoral internship, please download the brochure here. For additional information, you may email Dr. Jennifer Wu at jwu@alamedafs.org or call (510) 629-6367.

When you apply, please include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and recommendation letters (2 for practicum, 3 for doctoral interns and post-doctoral fellows). Practicum and post-doc applicants: please mail or drop off your applications to Jennifer Wu, Psy.D. Program Director - Behavioral Health Care Services, 2325 Clement Avenue, Suite A, Alameda, CA 94501. Please do not email applications. 

Practicum and post-doc applicants - please MAIL or DROP OFF your applications to:
Jennifer Wu, Psy.D.
Program Director - Behavioral Health Care Services
Alameda Family Services
2325 Clement Avenue, Suite A
Alameda, CA 94501

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