Community Mental Health Services

Community Mental Health Services meet the needs of children and families where they are most comfortable. Our team of therapists and case managers create a collaborative approach between the client, the family and the professional staff.

Programs include:

  • Support at 22 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Out-Patient Community Mental Health Services
  • Therapeutic Behavioral Services
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
  • Juvenile Hall and the Juvenile Justice Program


  • Therapeutic Behavioral Services

In a departure from a typical youth counseling program, Aviva’s Therapeutic Behavioral Services places trained staff, known as coaches, in a one-on-one relationship with the youth – at home, in school or wherever needed.

This direct, hands-on method allows the staff to see and manage, in a positive and non-reproaching manner, the behaviors identified as needing improvement. At the same time, it enables the teen to gain experience in responding more positively to situations that create conflict in daily living.

These short-term, highly focused therapies help teens work on specific behaviors that put them at risk.

  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

PCIT is a dyadic behavioral intervention for children (ages 2 – 7 years) and their parents or caregivers that focuses on decreasing externalizing child behavior problems (e.g., defiance, aggression), increasing child social skills and cooperation, and improving the parent-child attachment relationship. It teaches parents traditional play-therapy skills to use as social reinforcers of positive child behavior and traditional behavior management skills to decrease negative child behavior. Parents are taught and practice these skills with their child in a playroom while coached by a therapist. The coaching provides parents with immediate feedback on their use of the new parenting skills, which enables them to apply the skills correctly and master them rapidly.

PCIT is time-unlimited; families remain in treatment until parents have demonstrated mastery of the treatment skills and rate their child’s behavior as within normal limits on a standardized measure of child behavior. Therefore treatment length varies but averages about 14 weeks, with hour-long weekly sessions.

In after-care interviews with clients’ families, 83 percent reported an improvement in their child’s behavior and family’s lives.

Norma story
Norma F., whose family benefited from Aviva support

The court appointed my family to work with Aviva – all five of us: my two sons, my daughter, my husband and me. The experience was really great. Aviva provided us with emotional, therapeutic and even economic support. Communication in our family has improved dramatically.

Now, we make decisions as a family. We play together, have daily conversations about our days and even look forward to weekend outings. My whole family is so much closer. I know as my children grow, they know that there is help if they need it and they will be able to help others, too.