14 programs

nurturing growth for Bay Area youth

CLINIC PARTNERS

Mental Health Services for Children and Youth      

Model
A strengths-based model supporting youth to restore, establish, and maintain skills, identify and explore areas of interest, and access community resources.

Services
OTs, MFTs, and MSWs provide assessments and 1:1 interventions to help youth identify strengths and interests and explore those interests in a variety of community settings. Comprehensive services include: Individual occupational therapy | Individual psychotherapy | Case management

Who We Serve
Medi-Cal eligible youth between the ages of 5 and 18

Goal
Provide trauma-informed, client-centered support to improve functioning in school, home, work, and community settings. Advocate for youth and provide proximity support while facilitating opportunities to build and practice skills such as self-care, coping, social and communication, and community exploration.

Our Team
Staff is comprised of OTs, MFTs, and MSWs who collaborate with service providers at community clinics (which may include Case Managers, psychiatrists, and individual and family therapists). Funder Department of Public Health (DPH)

Referral Process
Youth are referred through local community mental health clinics, including the Mission Family Center, the Southeast Child and Family Therapy Center, and the Chinatown Child Development Center.

SCHOOL PROGRAM

Mental Health Services for Children and Youth    

Model 
Our groups combine the expertise of two well-respected disciplines: counseling and occupational therapy. By utilizing a multi-disciplinary team, our staff considers the effect of sensory and environmental factors on function and quality of life. An individual plan of care is developed and followed to overcome barriers and improve function in school, home, work, and community settings.

Services 
Multi-disciplinary group sessions | Individual occupational therapy | Individual psychotherapy | Case management
We will work with the family, the child, and the school to determine which service(s) would be the most beneficial. Our team can provide services in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Who We Serve
Medi-Cal eligible youth between the ages of 5 and 18, who are currently attending elementary, middle or high school. 

Goal
To help youth overcome barriers and improve function in school, home, work, and community settings. 

Our Team

Occupational therapists, social workers, marriage and family therapists work hand in hand to provide a supportive and nurturing atmosphere that creates positive changes in the lives of youth.

Our Sessions

A typical individual or group session can consist of play therapy, games, group discussion, arts and crafts, pen-and-paper activities, field trips, trying new hobbies, physical exercise, and/or fun hands-on projects. All of these activities are used in a therapeutic manner to nurture the youth's strengths and potential for success in addition to the listed benefits.

Benefits

Discovering Strengths, Talents & Interests  | Building Self-Confidence | Learning healthy ways of regulating and expressing emotions and feelings | Making Healthy Choices | Developing Communication and Social Skills | Creating Strong and Lasting Friendships | Enjoying Fun and Meaningful Activities in the Community | Learning Coping and Relaxation Strategies | Adapting to Change and Getting Support for Life Challenges

Funders
 
San Francisco Department of Public Health-Community Behavioral Health Services | Department of Children Youth and Families | Various Foundations & Private Donors

Referral Process
 
1. Talk to your school social worker, school counselor, or the staff at your school’s Wellness Center, or
2. Call the OTTP office at (415)551-0975 and request to speak to a member of the School-Based team. 
Note that we can only serve youth who have Medi-Cal, so make sure to have your youth's Medi-Cal information available when you call.

Career awareness

career awareness at civic center     
 
         

Program Design The Career Awareness program features three phases of occupational therapy intervention, each informing and supporting the next stage:
Self Exploration: the youth participate in assessment activities to identify goals, values, aptitudes, preferred learning styles, interests, strengths, and develop a career personality as well as engage in activities to promote increased positive self-concept, self awareness, and healthy group dynamics.
Personal Skill Building: the youth bring with them their more evolved sense of self into this phase and address skills that are first developed on a personal level before being generalized to various contexts. Skill building activities address: money management, assertive communication, time management, coping and relaxation, interest exploration, and conflict resolution.
Vocational Skill Building: the youth generalize previously addressed skills to the vocational context as well as develop specific vocational skills including: resume skills, job application skills, identifying references, interview skills, professional dress, and job search skills.  At this phase, the youth are empowered through opportunities to learn about workplace rights, meet with professionals from various fields of work, and select employment opportunities to further explore.

Services 
Providing Occupational Therapy Career Awareness curriculum to San Francisco's at-risk youth population. For many, this program is a continuum of care initiated with OTTP’s juvenile justice programs.

Who We Serve 
Youth ages 15 to 21 who identify an interest in learning more about themselves, building skills, and preparing for the next steps in their life. Goal The goal for participants is to graduate from the program with an increased sense of positive self-concept and better developed personal and vocational skills, promoting independence and life success.

Our Team 
Staff is comprised of licensed occupational therapists with expertise in social and biological sciences, clinical social workers, and therapists that specialize in child, adolescent and family mental health. Our staff work as a cohesive team to holistically address the needs of our youth.Funders San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and their Families

FMP

Family Mosaic Project


   

Model 
A strengths-based model to help youth in restoring, establishing, and maintaining skills, exploring areas of interest, developing social and decision making skills, and identifying / utilizing community resources

Services
Occupational therapists provide assessments and 1:1 interventions to help youth identify strengths and interests and explore those interests in a variety of community settings.

Comprehensive services include: 
Occupational Therapy |  Vocational assessments and job readiness training

Who We Serve
Youth ages 11-18; at risk for out-of home placement

Goal 
Provide trauma-informed, client-centered support to improve functioning in school, home, work, and community settings. Advocate for youth and provide proximity support while facilitating opportunities to build and practice skills such as problem solving, decision making, assertive communication, community exploration, self-care, and values identification. 

Our Team
Staff is comprised of occupational therapists who collaborate with service providers at the Family Mosaic Project (which include Case managers, psychiatrists, individual and family therapists, public health nurse). 

Funder
Department of Public Health (DPH)

Referral Process 
Youth are referred by the Family Mosaic Project

VTEP

Vocational Training and Experience Project


   

Services
Ongoing occupational therapy intervention, pre-vocational and vocational skills ; occupational therapy assessments and evaluation; job site analysis

Who We Serve
Youth ages 11-18; at risk for out-of home placement

Goal 
Facilitate seminal vocational training and experience. 

Our Team
Staff is comprised of occupational therapists who collaborate with staff at worksites and Japanese Community Youth Committee to facilitate successful seminal vocational experience

Funders 
Department of Public Health (DPH)  |  Partner: Japanese Community Youth Committee (JCYC)

Referral Process
 
Youth who are referred through the Family Mosaic Project are eligible for participation in VTEP.

ISCS

Intensive Supervision and Clinical Services

 

Model 
The ISCS program combines the monitoring and structure of supervision with an array of clinical services and evidence based practices targeted to address the critical needs of the youth and increase their strengths. OTTP's clinical services take a multidisciplinary approach which includes intensive case management, psychotherapy and occupational therapy. Depending on each client’s individual needs, one or all of these services may be provided to the youth. 

Services
The program seeks to work with youth who have been involved in the juvenile justice system or who are at-risk of being involved in the system. Our intensive services are offered to youth in their natural settings including their homes, schools and communities. We collaborate closely with probation (if applicable) and any other service providers currently working with the youth. OTTP’s ISCS program empowers the youth to take charge of their life through informed decision making consistent with their goals.

Comprehensive Services
 
Intensive Case Management |  Occupational Therapy |  Psychotherapy |  Family Therapy |  Vocational assessments and job readiness skills |  Interventions that promote social-emotional, coping, cognitive, communication and organizational skills |  Transition planning |  After-care services and resources development

Who We Serve
Our ISCS program serves at-risk youth ages 13-18+ who reside in the San Francisco Bay Area. Barriers faced by our youth may include the following: Economically disadvantaged |  On probation or detained  |  Learning, social, and/or emotional disabilities | Facing mental health challenges |  Pregnant or parenting  | Placement in foster care system |  Developmental delays |  Special education status

Goal 
To promote youth’s healthy development and functioning by addressing trauma and other needs. In addition we strive to help the youth increase their skills and strengths in order to improve functioning in school, home, work, and community settings. 

Our Team
Staff is comprised of clinical social workers, therapists and occupational therapists, all who specialize in child, adolescent and family mental health. Our staff work as a cohesive team to holistically address the needs of our youth.

Funders

San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) – Community Behavioral Services  |  Department of Children Youth & Families  |  Various Foundations & Private Donors

Vocational Rehabilitation

in Partnership With the Department of Rehabilitation
 

Model
In collaboration with the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), this program helps youth (15-24 years old) to find and sustain competitive employment. Vocational specialists, who are licensed occupational therapists, work closely with each youth to find a good match for both the youth and the employer. OTTP clinicians may also provide on or off site job training and ongoing assistance to ensure that the youth is successful at their job site.

Services
Depending on a client’s employment goals, services may include: vocational assessment, employment intake and preparation, job development and placement, and job retention. Whether it is a youth's first venture into the work-force or the youth has already explored multiple work environments, the DOR program may provide skills training and continued support to prepare them for ongoing vocational success. The program’s approach is customized to meet each youth precisely where they are on their vocational journey, leverage their strengths and interests, and increase their vocational success.

Who We Serve
Our DOR program serves youth between the ages of 15 and 24 years old who have: Challenges obtaining or keeping a job |  A mental health diagnosis that is in the current Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V)  |  A referral from their primary therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist  |  U.S citizenship, legal alien status, or legal right to work status 

Goal 
To provide services to youth and young adults with mental health issues in order to assist them in obtaining gainful employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and meaningful participation and integration into the community.

Our Team
The OTTP Vocational Rehabilitation Program staff is comprised of the Division Director, the Program Coordinator, Vocational Specialists (who are licensed occupational therapists), and occupational therapy interns. Current staff language capabilities include English, Spanish.  Each member of the team works collaboratively to facilitate the client’s vocational skill development and success.

Referral Process

Potential clients are referred to the OTTP Vocational Rehabilitation Program through their primary therapist. The vocational specialist will communicate with the client’s therapist on a regular basis. Collaboration between the client and their therapist, DOR counselor, and vocational specialist has been found to be one of the key elements to successful employment. Access the referral form at http://bit.ly/sfvoc.

Funders
 
San Francisco Department of Rehabilitation (DOR)

THERAPEUTIC YOGA

For Increased Joy, Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, and Well-being
 

Model
OTTP's therapeutic yoga program was designed based on a need for our clients and their families to access the stress-reducing and energy-activating tools of yogic science, in a therapeutic setting. OTTP's licensed occupational therapists have 500+ hours of therapeutic yoga teacher training, and are able to customize 1:1 or group sessions that match the needs of each client. Yoga may be approached as a therapeutic activity that supports the goals of an individual and/or family through dynamic and restorative poses (asana), breathwork (pranayama),  philosophy, and fun.

Benefits of Yoga

Scientific studies show that yoga poses, meditation, and breathing are beneficial for healing and management of a spectrum of physical, emotional, and cognitive challenges. Yogic practices balance the nervous system by offering practical tools that alleviate anxiety, depression, and chronic pain; increase strength and flexibility; improve sleep; boost immunity; regulate blood pressure; reduce risk factors for diabetes; and more!

Services
Yoga sessions include movement, breathwork,  meditative practices, and sound. The intensity, duration, sequence, and combination of activities are designed to support each client’s unique needs and personal goals for well-being. Sessions may be 1:1, in a group, and/or with family members. Clients are encouraged to attend their therapeutic yoga sessions at the OTTP yoga suite, which houses yoga equipment and is designed to facilitate respite. Sessions may also be arranged outdoors or at the client’s home on an as needed basis.

Who We Serve
Our Therapeutic Yoga program serves youth and adults between the ages of 10 and 80 years old. Additional details coming soon.

Prerequisites
a body, curiosity about yoga, and a willingness to participate.

Goal 
Provide access to therapeutic yoga services to youth and / or their families, to facilitate access to somatic tools that reduce stress while increasing self awareness, joy, mindfulness, relaxation, energy, health, and emotional regulation skills.

Our Team
The OTTP Therapeutic Yoga Program is staffed by therapeutic yoga teachers, who are also licensed occupational therapists. They hold the certification of eRYT 500 (experienced registered yoga teacher, 500 hours) through the Yoga Alliance.

Referral Process
 
Send a query to alicia.maness@ottp-sf.org.

Funders
 
San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) – Community Behavioral Services

COVENANT HOUSE

Groups & Individual Sessions for Life Skills,

Emotion Exploration & Regulation

 

Model
OTTP's Covenant House program offers activity based groups and individual sessions that are designed to increase life skills, emotional awareness, and regulation. OTTP's approach also compliments and aligns with Covenant House's harm reduction model.

Services
OTTP collaborates with Covenant House in Oakland, CA, to offer occupational therapy services to homeless and exploited / CSEC youth. Group themes include Life Skills, Career Readiness, Freedom from Stress, and Emotion Exploration. Referrals for individual sessions are made by Covenant House case managers and staff, while groups are open on a first come, first serve basis to all youth who are accessing Covenant House services. OTs also bring therapeutic activities into the mileu at the Drop In Center, and offer consultation to staff.  Occupational therapy groups and individual sessions focus on:
• Interventions that promote social-emotional, coping, cognitive, creative, expressive, communication and organizational skills
• Strengths, interests, goal and values identification
• Inner resource development and external resource utilization
•  Vocational preparation  

Who We Serve
Our Covenant House program serves youth ages 18-20 who are homeless in Oakland. Youth are often waitlisted for transitional housing services, and may be experiencing barriers due to any combination of the following:  Homelessness  |  Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)  | Discrimination against LGBTQIA  | Substance addiction |  Economic disadvantage |  Probation  |  Learning, social, and/or emotional disabilities |  Mental health challenges |  Pregnancy and parenting | Transitioning from foster care system |  Developmental and/or educational delays |  Symptoms of trauma, abuse, neglect

Goals 
• Facilitate experiential activities that promote increased self awareness,  neurological development, and higher functioning
• Address the emotional and functional needs induced by trauma using evidence based, trauma informed modalities and therapeutic use of self 
• Support youth with increasing their skills and identifying their strengths in order to improve emotional well being and functioning in school, work, and community settings, as they navigate being homeless and/or exploited;

Our Team
Staff is comprised of occupational therapists who specialize in mental health for transitional age youth (TAY) 18-24, and CSEC youth.

Funders
 
Oakland Fund for Children and Youth (OFCY) 

Dreamcatcher

Groups for Emotional Regulation

 

Model
OTTP's DreamCatcher program offers activity based groups and individual sessions that are designed to increase life skills and emotional regulation. OTTP's approach also compliments and aligns with Dreamcatcher's harm reduction model.

Services

OTTP collaborates with DreamCatcher in Oakland, CA, to offer occupational therapy services to homeless and exploited / CSEC youth. Groups focus on discovering personal strengths, interests, and practical, activity-based emotional regulation strategies. Groups are open on a first come, first serve basis to all youth who are accessing DreamCatcher's Drop-in Center services. Occupational therapy groups and individual sessions focus on:
• Interventions that promote social-emotional, coping, cognitive, creative, expressive, communication and organizational skills
• Strengths, interests, goal and values identification
• Inner resource development and external resource utilization
•  Vocational preparation

Who We Serve
Our DreamCatcher program serves at-risk youth ages 13-17 who are homeless in Oakland. Youth are often waitlisted for transitional housing services, and may be experiencing barriers due to any combination of the following:  Homelessness  |  Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)  | Discrimination against LGBTQIA  | Substance addiction |  Economic disadvantage |  Probation  |  Learning, social, and/or emotional disabilities |  Mental health challenges |  Pregnancy and parenting |  Developmental and/or educational delays |  Symptoms of trauma, abuse, neglect

Goals 
• Facilitate experiential activities that promote increased self awareness,  neurological development, and higher functioning
• Address the emotional and functional needs induced by trauma using evidence based, trauma informed modalities and therapeutic use of self
• Support youth with increasing their skills and identifying their strengths in order to improve emotional well being and functioning in school, work, and community settings, as they navigate challenging circumstances

Our Team
Staff is comprised of occupational therapists who specialize in mental health. 

Funders
 
Oakland Fund for Children and Youth (OFCY) 

Berkeley High School

Individual OT for Berkeley Independent Study

 

Model  
A 1:1 strengths-based model to help youth with restoring, establishing, and maintaining life skills; identifying areas of interest; developing social and decision making skills; exploring emotional regulation strategies; and accessing intrinsic motivation.

Services
 
Occupational therapists facilitate assessments and activity based interventions to support youth with challenges that are compromising academic performance. Referrals are made by teachers who identify that a student may benefit from mental health services. Comprehensive services include occupational therapy, which features interventions that promote: strengths and interest Identification; goals and values identification; career exploration.social-emotional, coping, cognitive, creative, expressive, communication and organizational skills; inner resource development and external resource utilization. 

Who We Serve
 
Youth ages 5 - 18, attending Berkeley High School's Independent Study program, which includes the K-8 Home School and grades 9-12 Independent Study programs.

Goals
• Provide trauma-informed, client-centered support to improve functioning in school, home, work, and community settings;
• Facilitate experiential activities that promote healthy neurological development and higher functioning;
• Address  emotional health by using evidence based, trauma informed modalities and therapeutic use of self

Our Team
Staff is comprised of occupational therapists who specialize in mental health. 

Funders
 
Berkeley Independent Study