The UCLA Division of Population Behavioral Health is excited to be affiliated and share partnerships with a number of innovative and inspiring programs at UCLA.
UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center (NFRC)
The UCLA NFRC is a unique academic center dedicated to bridging the gap between research and practice. By creating and providing high-quality, cost-effective services, the Center works with families facing a variety of challenging situations. Through training, consultation, and community outreach the Center is able to work collaboratively with outside providers and agencies to ensure that all families receive the highest quality of services available.
Led by faculty and providers within the UCLA Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Center’s team members bring their unique experiences and expertise to each project and program, making them relevant and accessible for each family served.
UCLA Child Anxiety Resilience Education and Support (CARES)
UCLA CARES is an innovative center dedicated to supporting the development of resilient, emotionally-healthy children. The Center is also focused on training, research, and community outreach to help clinicians, researchers, school staff, and parents recognize the early signs of childhood anxiety and support families in accessing resources to build family strength and resilience.
Led by members of UCLA’s world-renowned behavioral health programs, the UCLA CARES Center is developing new and improved strategies to help children, parents, clinicians, and community members better engage with one another to reduce the burden of childhood anxiety.
UCLA TIES for Families
UCLA TIES for Families believes that every child deserves permanency in a stable nurturing family, and seeks to optimize the growth and development of children and young people from birth to 21 who are, or have been, in foster care. Most of the children served have experienced trauma and many have had multiple foster placements. The program reduces barriers to permanency for children by providing pre-placement education to foster and/or adoptive parents countywide, and supporting the children and their resource families with an array of high-quality, accessible, and free comprehensive services. UCLA TIES for Families’ interdisciplinary services include comprehensive mental health, pediatric, educational, psychiatric, speech and language, occupational therapy, youth and parent mentorship, parent and child support groups, and therapeutic in-home behavioral services to address the wide range of needs potentially presented by children and families.
UCLA TIES for Families also provides training and professional development for students and professionals from child welfare, psychiatry, psychology, social work, pediatrics, law, and education and to community and foster family agencies, with intern and externship training for psychologists, social workers, and psychiatrists. Based on its unique model and promising results, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH) has designated UCLA TIES as a Community Defined Evidence Based Practice, and TIES continues to research and publish about outcomes of the unique program. TIES for Families is a collaboration of the Center for Healthier Children, Families, and Communities, the UCLA Psychology Department, the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, and private foundations.
UCLA EMPWR Program
EMPWR provides a safe, welcoming environment for LGBTQ youth with mental health concerns related to stressful and/or traumatic experiences. This program links families to an expert team of attending psychiatrists and psychologists as well as supervised advanced trainees. The EMPWR program delivers comprehensive mental health programming, including individual and family therapies, groups, evaluation and medication management. EMPWR builds on personal strengths to foster healthy identity formation and recovery from stress and/or trauma.
For intakes, group registration, and/or more information, call 310-825-7573 or email EMPWR@mednet.ucla.edu