The sound of gunfire was an almost nightly occurrence in the distressed neighborhood where Rosina lived. The violence extended into her apartment as well, where she endured the drunken rages and beatings of an alcoholic father. Rosina got into fights with schoolmates, was caught stealing to support her drug habit. It wasn’t until she went through The Village Family Service’s targeted therapy programs that she slowly learned to cope.

Evidence-based Therapeutic Interventions

Like Rosina, children from newborns to age 21 who have been exposed to traumatic events and/or abuse often suffer lasting mental and/or behavioral effects. These can include post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and aggressive antisocial behaviors. In addition, children who are exposed to trauma frequently experience delayed speech development as well as delayed motor and cognitive skills, and they may also have learning disabilities. Statistics show that children who witness traumatic events such as domestic violence are at great risk of becoming victims or batterers themselves.

Our Behavioral Health Services are designed for children and teens who are victims of neglect, family or community violence and physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. Treating such trauma issues in young people is a special strength of The Village Family Services. Our bilingual/multi-cultural clinical staff is extensively trained to provide a range of coordinated mental health interventions – case management; individual, family and group therapy; school-based services and in-home counseling; psychiatric assessments and medication support.

Our Behavioral Health staff has been trained and is specialized in the following Evidence Based Practices:

  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Alternatives for Families Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT)
  • Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)
  • Seeking Safety (SS)
  • Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP)
  • Crisis Oriented Recovery Services (CORS)
  • Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (ICBT)
  • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Parent Child Interaction Therapy focuses on teaching and coaching parents of children who express behavioral problems including aggression, non-compliance and defiance. The model aims to improve the quality of the parent-child relationship by changing the pattern of interaction. Parents learn skills that both enhance the relationship, as well as promote positive behaviors, with their child. Goals of the practice include making changes that will lead to more nurturing and secure relationships between parents and their children. For more about PCITemail us

Multidisciplinary Assessment Team (MAT)

When a child is referred to our Outpatient Mental Health Program, we quickly determine the most effective course of action. Our bilingual MAT program members carefully evaluate each child’s special needs, and provide clinical impressions and a complete summary of findings to DMH/DCFS and/or the courts, so appropriate interventions can begin. For more about our MAT program, email us.

Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS)

TBS is an intensive, individualized, one-to-one behavioral mental health service available to children/youth with serious emotional challenges and their families, who are under 21 years old and have full-scope Medi-Cal. TBS is proactive and includes an array of activities to help the child (immediate behavioral reinforcements, time-structuring activities, inappropriate response prevention, appropriate time-out strategies, relaxation techniques and other cognitive behavioral approaches).

School-based Mental Health

We provide mental health services at the following San Fernando Valley schools: Anatola Elementary, Apperson Elementary (Sunland), Bellingham Elementary, Burbank Elementary, East Valley High School, Fulton College Prep., Lankershim Elementary, Olive Vista Middle School, Osceola Elementary, Rio Vista Elementary, Roscoe Elementary, Roy Romer Middle School, Sylmar High School, and Victory Elementary School. If you would like more information, please email us.

Trauma Informed Care

Childhood traumas vary from physical and sexual abuse to community and domestic violence, life-threatening illness, natural disasters, and the sudden loss of parents, siblings, and other loved ones. Though children are resilient, they can also be profoundly affected by these experiences. With help, they can recover and thrive.

We implement a trauma-informed approach to all our services. Our staff is trauma aware, that is we incorporate an understanding of trauma in our work through continuous training; our staff has an emphasis on safety, building physical and emotional safety with the clients; our staff provides opportunities to rebuild control, our trauma-informed services emphasize the importance of choice; and our care is strength-based rather than deficit-oriented – our service settings assist children and youth to identify their own strengths and develop coping skills.

Our Chief Operating Officer, Irma Seilicovich, LMFT, is an affiliate member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. To learn more about NCTSNclick here.


Working in concert, these services have proven successful in helping children to live independent and fulfilling lives.

Our goal is to help children and families live fully functioning independent lives, both socially and emotionally. With a complete spectrum of integrated, strengths – and evidence-based, trauma-informed, family-focused and culturally competent services, we can accomplish this and improve their social and emotional development, self-sufficiency and stability.

For more information about our Mental Health Program, please email us.