Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
In 2007, Tulare Youth Service Bureau began the first Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) program in Tulare County. To date TYSB has 4 sites throughout Tulare County in the Cities of Tulare, Lindsay, Porterville and Woodlake. PCIT is an evidence-based practice designed to improve the parent-child relationship, reduce negative and oppositional behaviors in children and parents, improve positive parenting skills and produce long-term positive outcomes for families. Wearing a hidden earpiece, caregivers are coached in positive parenting and setting into place consistent limits for young children. In partnership with UC Davis, TYSB has trained and certified numerous therapists in this practice, as well as trained staff at partnering agencies.
Countryside High School
Recognizing the need to build programs that integrate the educational and mental health needs of teens experiencing mental health challenges, in partnership with Tulare Joint Union High School District, TYSB supports Countyside High School. Countryside is a community day school placement option for students who need additional support and services to help them maintain in school.
Perinatal Wellness Program
In partnership with Tulare County's Public Health Department, TYSB has therapists working in the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funded Perinatal Wellness Program (PWP). This program screens, identifies, and provides therapy and home visiting to pregnant and newly parenting mothers. During pregnancy and post-partum many women exhibit signs of depression beyond the well know "baby blues". Those identified as at risk for suicide, developing ongoing anxiety and depression and/or an inability to bond with their baby, are referred and provided therapy.
Equine Facilitated Psycho-Therapy
In partnership with Tulare County Mental Health and Happy Trails Riding Academy, Tulare Youth Service Bureau is using the innovative intervention of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP). It is widely recognized that the inclusion of large animals such as EFP-trained horses in the therapeutic process reduces anxiety, builds confidence, integrates sensory systems and thus improves mental healthoutcomes. For children with boundary issues and poor attachment and bonding this can be life-changing.
In addition to these programs, Tulare Youth Service Bureau is proud to support and continue to build upon our "Out Loud" peer-led support group for teens who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered or questioning (LGBTQ), have parents who are LGBTQ, or are supportive straight allies of this population at increased risk of mental health issues, suicide and bullying.
Certified Therapy Dog
Berkeley is TYSB's certified therapy dog. He is a part of the TYSB team that is available to children and families experiencing anxiety, exhibit poor boundaries and/or have attachment issues. Again, the use of therapeutic animals can build confidence, reduce anxiety and improve boundaries.