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Behavioral Health Care Services

Behavioral Health Care Services is comprised of the following programs: Counseling, Drug and Alcohol Treatment as well as a Clinical Training Program.




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 and Cantonese.

Intake Procedure

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


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 Wednesday evenings. Please call 510-629-6374 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. 


  • 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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Drug and Alcohol Treatment


Services Provided

Treatment is a group-based program designed to support abstinence from drugs and alcohol. All clients admitted to this program attend treatment groups. Alcohol and drug assessments as well as outpatient counseling and drug testing for youth and adults are offered through this program. Services are available in English.

For more information about the Youth Outpatient Drug-Free Treatment Program for 12-18 year olds, please view the flyer here.

For more information on the Adult Outpatient Drug-Free Treatment Program, please view the flyer here.

Intake Procedure

Please call 510-629-6209 to schedule an intake or for more information. A counselor will meet with the youth and guardian or adult to complete an assessment. Based on the results of the assessment, those who meet standard criteria for treatment are recommended admission to the program. Those who do not meet criteria can be provided with other referrals.


Groups are free. There is a drug-testing fee of $20 per week. A sliding scale is available for those eligible, and the fee is waived for those with Medi-Cal.


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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 ten trainees in the program for the 2016-2017 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.

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.  Trainees also have the opportunity to be involved in home visits and screenings for post-partum depression and child development.  At DreamCatcher, trainees have been able to provide crisis assessment, individual therapy, family mediation, psycho education, and group support to the young people staying at DreamCatcher or utilizing the drop-in center.  Finally, trainees also co-facilitate substance abuse treatment groups as well as provide individual and family therapy to clients enrolled in the drug and alcohol treatment programs.

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.


Practicum (including third year doctoral, advance Master's students, and post-Master's students) applications follow BAPIC guidelines and are due by February 22, 2017. If you are interested in a pre-doctoral internship, please contact Dr. Jennifer Wu. Post-doctoral applications are due March 1, 2017. 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 mid-June for practicum students and mid-August for pre docs and post docs. Second interviews include a family role play for interns, whereas practicum applicants may only be interviewed once. For more information on the training program, please download the information packet here. For additional information, you may email Dr. Jennifer Wu at or call (510) 629-6367.

When you apply, please include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and recommendation letters (2 for practicum, 3 for pre-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 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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