Behavioral Health Services at Home Start provides individual therapy services to children under 18 years of age across San Diego County. Services may be provided in the child’s home, school, or via telehealth video as well as at one of our two Home Start locations (Mission Valley or El Cajon). These services are free of charge to child survivors of abuse, crime, or other traumatic events. Services in English and Spanish are available. Home Start therapists are trained in providing Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Play Therapy.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
PCIT is an evidence-based best practice supported by more than 30 years of research for children 1.5 – 6 years old. Through an earpiece, specially trained therapists coach parents/caregivers as they interact with their child. Parents/caregivers learn relationship-enhancing skills and parenting techniques for improving their child’s behavior.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)
TF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment designed to help children (5-18 years old) heal from the impact of trauma. The interventions used in this treatment model teach children effective ways to respond to their thoughts and emotions related to the trauma and reduce or eliminate the potential for long-term effects. Providing parents with education regarding effects of trauma on children is an important part of treatment. Child Trauma Treatment Services
Children learn, communicate and express themselves through play. Play Therapy is a therapy model that incorporates play as a way for children to communicate and express thoughts and emotions during treatment.
Please contact our intake line at 619-692-0727 ext. 118 for additional information or to request services.
If you are a community provider looking to make a referral to our Behavioral Health Services program, please download this Referral Form and fax the completed document to (619) 692-0785.