Trauma-informed clinical services are available to all of our trainees. In addition to individual psychotherapy, the Mental Health Program offers substance abuse counseling; court-approved domestic violence classes; therapeutic dance; a psycho-educational “Baby and Me” group; and psychiatric evaluation and support. As demand for these services is high, “Homeboy Heals,” a cadre of volunteer licensed psychotherapists, provides additional capacity for counseling.

Laura was eleven years old when she joined a gang. Her family did everything together, including smoking, drinking, partying, and getting arrested. At the time, she thought they were good role models, but now she knows better and wants her children to stay out of gangs. As a new trainee, Laura works in maintenance, attends parenting and anger management classes and participates in a substance abuse recovery group. “Having someone push me was very important. You need someone to tell you—you can do it.”

Mary Nalick, director of Mental Health Services, has a door that’s always open, “Most of our clients have an unbelievable trauma history. Some are in second or third generation gang families. Even children have suffered every kind of abuse. So our approach is individualized. Some trainees have long-term therapy and some have short-term therapy. We do whatever works. We even have volunteer physicians from USC join us every week for Baby and Me. It’s all on one campus and that makes it easier to do it all.”

  • Trainees receive free mental health, substance abuse and psychiatric counseling
  • Trainees and community members attend support groups
  • Volunteer clinicians provide free psychotherapy to trainees and senior staff members
  • One-on-one substance abuse counseling and random drug testing is conducted on-site
  • Baby & Me classes improve parents’ understanding of children’s needs
  • Domestic Violence Intervention for Women helps batterers stop family violence
  • Domestic Violence Intervention for Men is a court-approved program for batterers