Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) October 05, 2011
Hollygrove, which has served L.A.’s neediest children since 1880, has launched a new initiative to serve children ages 0 to 5 with leading-edge behavioral health practices. Thanks to a three-year grant from First 5 LA, Hollygrove has trained its clinical staff in Parent-Child Interaction Training (PCIT), an evidence-based practice for serving children and caregivers. Hollygrove is part of EMQ FamiliesFirst, California’s largest children’s behavioral health services provider. http://www.hollygrove.org/
“There’s an urgent need to provide parenting support and mental health services to very young children as a move toward more preventive care,” said Martine Singer, executive director of Hollygrove. “This grant enables us to extend our services to the most vulnerable children in our community.”
PCIT is a groundbreaking method of working with children, aged 2 to 7, who are exhibiting severe oppositional behaviors. The training is done with the child and caregiver together as they learn to find more appropriate ways of dealing with negative behaviors.
The PCIT program is under the supervision of Dr. Sherry Berg, a clinical program manager at Hollygrove. Berg, holds a Ph.D in clinical psychology, and has an impressive track record of providing group and family psychotherapy. She specializes in parenting, life transitional crises and post-partum depression. She is a member of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association.
Hollygrove now serves more kids than ever before in its 100-year history in Hollywood. Hollygrove is the Los Angeles division of EMQ FamiliesFirst, the largest children’s services provider in the western United States. The agency is recognized for innovative mental health treatment, foster care and social services that help families recover from trauma, abuse and addiction, and rebuild their lives. Hollygrove fights for sustainable change and advocates for improvements in the local, state and federal systems that serve children in need. For more information, please visit http://www.hollygrove.org.
About First 5 LA
First 5 LA oversees the L.A. County allocation of funds from Proposition 10, which added a 50-cent tax on tobacco products sold in California. Funds raised help pay for health care, education and child development programs for children from the prenatal stage to age five and their families. First 5 LA’s mission is to increase the number of young children who are physically and emotionally healthy, safe, and ready to learn. For more information, please visit http://www.first5la.org.