As parents, it can be difficult to connect with the right resources when you need them.  Below is a list of Santa Barbara resources and we are continuing to add more as we find them… We invite you to  share your recommendations >


View additional TREATMENT OPTIONS [wilderness, residential, etc] >     


Crisis Resources

Crisis Resources

24 Hour National Hotlines

  • Free 24/7 CRISIS TEXT Line
    • Text: HOME to 741741
      to chat with a  compassionate trained counselor about anything.
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline 800.273.8255
    • NAMI HelpLine staff and volunteers are prepared to answer your questions about mental health.
  • California Youth Crisis Line 800-843-5200
    • 24/7 statewide emergency response system for youth (ages 12-24) and families in crisis. Thoughts of suicide, depression, bullying, health and identity questions, trauma, human trafficking or any teen-related struggle are discussed with a crisis counselor in confidence and without judgment. We do not provide advice.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255
    • You’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area.
  • National Teen Dating Abuse 866.331.8453
  • Child-Help USA – 800-422-4453
    • Dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. 24/7 Hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources.

Santa Barbara Emergency Contacts

  • 211
    • Connecting People to Health & Human Services Information
  • SAFTY ~ Safe Alternatives for Treating Youth 888-334-2777
    • The hotline is provided by Casa Pacifica. SAFTY has a mobile crisis team, and will help create a safety plan. This service is provided for students 20 years old or younger.
  • CARES ~ SB Crisis and Recovery Emergency Services 888.868.1649
    • Santa Barbara County Mental Health hotline providing crisis intervention and consultation services. CARES is also a mobile mental health assessment team that will come on site to do an assessment if 911 is called for a mental health emergency.
  • Cottage Hospital  805-569-8339
    • 24-hour walk-in Emergency Psychiatric Service. Consultation and crisis intervention for mental health crises and chemical dependency.
  • Noah’s Anchorage  805.963-8776
    • Temporary shelter, Crisis intervention, support services, counseling for youth and young adults.
  • SB Rape Crisis Center 24 hour Hotline: 805-564-3696
    • Provide confidential crisis counseling.
  • Domestic Violence Solutions 24 hour Crisis Line: 805.964.5245
    • Staff provide counseling, information, referrals, and access to immediate shelter.
  • SB Response Network 805.699.5608
    • Trained volunteers are primarily trained in psychological first aid [PFA], which provides psychosocial support to individuals and families after a traumatic event or other emergencies.

School Resources

High Schools

College Crisis Lines

  • SBCC   965-0581 ext.2298
    • on campus Counseling/Crisis intervention and referral for students.
  • UCSB Counseling & Psychological Services  805.893.4411
    • If you are a registered student, or have a friend in crisis, CAPS staff are available in person during regular office hours for students, faculty or parents or after-hours by phone.
    • Student Health Social Work Services: 805.893.3087
    • Distressed Student Response: 805.893.3030
    • To learn more about signs of distress, view UCSB #saysomething app.
    • Distressed Student Protocol >
  • Westmont  565-6222
    • Public Safety may be called 24 hours a day. On-Call Resident Director, available 24/7 during academic year. 805-565-6273

Therapists, Coaches, Psychologists & Psychiatrists

Choosing a Therapist

It is most affordable to find a therapist or treatment provider that is covered by your insurance plan. However, it is recommended to really make sure that the therapist you use specializes in the needs of your child and family. It is also important that there is a connection which sometimes means going out of network. Ask around for referrals and take the time to do a consultation with a few therapists to find the right fit. Consider the following…

  • Location?
  • Availability?
  • Cost?
  • Do they accept insurance?
  • Is your therapist licensed? If you are seeing an intern, do they have a supervisor they meet with on a regular basis?
  • What’s the therapist’s philosophy and approach to counseling?
  • Do you feel safe and comfortable?
  • Is it easy to make conversation?
  • Is the therapist easy to relate to or does they feel emotionally removed?
  • Can the therapist define how they can help you to solve your issue and give you a clear overview of the process and time frame?
  • Can your therapist accept feedback and admit when they make a mistake?
  • Does the therapist encourage independence by helping you to identify and find your own solutions?
  • Does the therapist have experience and training for the specific issue you are addressing?
  • Does the therapist provide homework or reading between sessions?
  • Will the therapist see more than 1 family member?
  • Will the therapist coordinate with other treatment providers if necessary?
  • Is the therapist available between sessions if there is an urgent issue?

Understanding the different professions

  • LMFT, MFCC, LMFC ~ Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
    The practice of marriage and family therapy is service performed with individuals, couples, or groups wherein interpersonal relationships are examined for the purpose of achieving more adequate, satisfying, and productive marriage and family adjustments.
  • LCSW ~ Licensed Clinical Social Worker
    Defined as a service in which a special knowledge of social resources, human capabilities, and the part that unconscious motivation plays in determining behavior, is directed at helping people to achieve more adequate, satisfying, and productive social adjustments.
  • LPCC ~ Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
    Professional clinical counseling means the application of counseling interventions and psychotherapeutic techniques to identify and remediate cognitive, mental, and emotional issues, including personal growth, adjustment to disability, crisis intervention, and psychosocial and environmental problems, and the use, application, and integration of the coursework and training. Includes conducting assessments for the purpose of establishing counseling goals and objectives to empower individuals to deal adequately with life situations, reduce stress, experience growth, change behavior, and make well-informed, rational decisions.
  • LEP ~ Licensed Educational Psychologist
    Performance of any of the following functions pertaining to academic learning processes or the education system: (a) Educational evaluation. (b) Diagnosis of psychological disorders related to academic learning processes. (c) Administration of diagnostic tests related to academic learning processes including tests of academic ability, learning patterns, achievement, motivation, and personality factors. (d) Interpretation of diagnostic tests related to academic learning processes including tests of academic ability, learning patterns, achievement, motivation, and personality factors. (e) Providing psychological counseling for individuals, groups, and families. (f) Consultation with other educators and parents on issues of social development and behavioral and academic difficulties. (g) Conducting psychoeducational assessments for the purposes of identifying special needs. (h) Developing treatment programs and strategies to address problems of adjustment. (i) Coordinating intervention strategies for management of individual crises.
  • MFTI, MFCI ~ Interns
    Individuals who have a Master’s degree and are fulfilling the requirements for licensure as a Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor. They see clients or work in a clinical setting, with their clinical work being supervised by a senior, licensed therapist.
  • Psychiatrist ~ MD
    A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has specialized in mental health and must evaluate patients to determine whether their symptoms are the result of a physical illness, a combination of physical and mental, or a strictly psychiatric one.  Most psychiatrists have less training in talk therapy.
  • Ph.D ~ Psy.D ~ Psychologist
    Psychologists are doctoral level clinicians. The one specialty psychologists have primarily is in administering psychological tests.

LIFE COACH CERTIFICATIONS
At this time there is no state or federal regulation of the coaching industry. Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE), as an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors offers the BCC Certification. The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is dedicated setting high standards and providing independent Life Coach Certification.

  • C.L.C. ~ Certified Life Coach
  • C. S. C. ~ Certified Spiritual Coach
  • A.C.C. ~ Associate Certified Coach
  • M.C.C. ~ Master Certified Coach
  • P.C.C. ~ Professional Certified Coach
  • A.C.T.P. ~ Accredited Coach Training Program
  • B.C.C. ~ Board Certified Coach, National Board for Certified Counselors

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS

  • NBCOT Certification

Differences between a Therapist, Coach & Counselor

These roles can get confusing… therapy, occupational therapy, counseling, and coaching.

THERAPY

  • The process of meeting with a therapist to resolve problematic behaviors, beliefs, feelings, relationship issues. Therapeutic services offer the client support and skills to deal with psychological pain, to gain insight into their behaviors, while learning new strategies to cope with depression, anxiety, hyperactivity and unwanted behaviors.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

  • OT is a form of therapy for those recuperating from physical or mental illness that encourages rehabilitation through the performance of activities required in daily life.

COUNSELING & COACHING

  • Coaches meet with clients to discuss needs and goals. They help clients work on future goals including careers, jobs, schools, academic remediation, strategies for wrap-around programming, etc.

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TUTORING

  • coming soon

ACADEMIC COACH

  • Erin Leighland
  • Doug Jessup
  • Susan Goodkin

SPECIAL NEEDS

  • Juli Schulem, ADHD coach
  • Sandy Shove, helps with 504’s and IEP implementation
  • Clark Hochstetler – assists with accommodations at SBCC – DSPS  805-730-4164

MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON… 

What is the difference between an Academic Coach and a Tutor?

Academic Coaching vs. Tutoring

  • ACADEMIC COACH: The process of academic coaching expand to teach students to become more effective learners as well as including elements of traditional tutoring. Coaches develop strategies to assist individuals to become self-sufficient while focusing on strengthening skills in time management, organization, and learning strategies.
  • TUTOR:  Tutors helps individuals understand content on a specific subject [ie: math, english, history].

Parent Recommended

  • MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON… 

The consultants below have been recommended by parents and students.

  • Randi Klein [Westlake, CA]
  • Pamela Jobin [Dever, CO]
  • Alicia Goldman [SF, CA]

Other possibilities to review…

  • Harriett Bay in LA
  • Kay Davison in Newport Beach
  • Paula Feldman in Corona del Mar
  • Lynn Hamilton in Santa Barbara
  • Dani Levine in Tarzana
  • Anne Lewis in Santa Barbara
  • Susan Miltner in Davis
  • Jessica Romeyn in LA
  • Teri Solocheck in West Hills

What is an Independent Educational Consultant?

Educational Consultants that work with families that have at-risk teens typically have extensive experience in crisis intervention, dealing with oppositional behaviors, and other emotional/behavioral difficulties.

Educational Consultants focus on finding the best solutions and specialize in therapeutic boarding school, residential treatment and wilderness placements. Educational consultants know the schools and programs and have an in-depth knowledge of the program differences and quality of the staff.

Fees… Some consultants charge an hourly fee, while others offer an overall fee for the whole process from start to finish. Ask your consultant what the fee includes. [Note: Consultants should not receive any incentives from the programs that they refer to.]

The process… Consultants collect information including school transcripts, therapeutic evaluations, medications, and possibly do some psychological or academic assessments to help identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses. The consultant then gives your family the full range of options that best fit for your child.

Finding a consultant… Referrals are always a great way to go when looking for a consultant. There is also a national organization, IECA, and these approved member consultants are trained experts and the website, IECAonline.com is a great resource for learning more.

Parent Recommended...

  • Sarah Mack, Certified Parent Coach, trained mediator, advanced training in positive psychology coaching, addiction treatment and family systems.

INFORMATION COMING SOON… 

What is a Life Coach?

Coaching vs Therapy

  • LIFE COACH: Professional coaching focuses on setting goals, creating outcomes and managing personal change. Coaching is future focused and supports growth based on self-initiated change utilizing action, accountability, and follow-through.
  • THERAPIST: Typically therapy deals with healing pain, dysfunction and conflict within an individual or in relationships [ie: parenting, marriage]. The focus is on resolving issues arising from the past that are affecting an individual’s emotional functioning and learning to manage the present in a healthier way.
  • FAMILY COACH: This is often an intensive service that focuses on reducing unmanageable behaviors that are currently impacting the teen’s functioning at home or school. The coach helps the teen learn new ways of reducing and managing behaviors and increase positive behaviors and coping skills. Parents are taught how to effectively manage the behaviors and support their teen. Meetings typically take place in the home so the coach can see the teen in their natural environment where the challenging behaviors usually occur. Coaches provide modeling, structure, support and behavioral interventions based on the teen and family’s abilities, interests, and strengths. This can be a great transition tool when teens who have been in a residential program are transitioning back home.

Interesting Articles & Links

  • What a Parent Can do… READ
  • Do’s and Don’ts… READ
  • Teen Suicide Statistics… READ
  • Suicide Rates Climb In U.S., Especially Among Adolescent Girls… READ or LISTEN

Recommended Digital Resources

Online counseling can be referred to as e-therapy, e-coaching, e-counseling, teletherapy or cyber-counseling.  Rather than going into an office setting, a therapist, counselor or coach provides counseling advice and support via your computer with video conferencing or your mobile device.

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Free 24/7 CRISIS TEXT Line

USC Telehealth

  • A completely virtual counseling and therapy clinic that uses the latest online and video technologies to serve a diverse set of clients including adults, children, couples, families, and military personnel. Providing services throughout California
  • Covered by most major insurance.
  • Visit website >

Breakthrough

  • Book an appointment with one of their licensed therapists or
    psychiatrists. Meet with them through your computer or smart phone.
  • Breakthrough offers free online assessments that you can take to learn about your mental health symptoms and potential conditions.
  • Breakthrough does not offer crisis counseling or emergency services.
  • Fees vary by therapist.
  • List of CA therapists >
  • Visit website >

Ginger.IO Phone App

  • All-in-one care for stress, anxiety, and depression. Ginger.io offers personalized care plans with chat-based coaching, proactive check-ins, video sessions with therapists, and self-care tools—all through your phone.
  • GingerCare Membership costs $129 per month.
    GingerCare & Therapy membership* costs $249 per month.
    GingerCare & Psychiatry membership* costs $349 per month.
  • Visit website >

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  • Dr. Michael Mantz

ASSESSMENT & EVALUATION

  • Dr. Carrie Towbes, Child Clinical Psychologist
  • Dr. Trina Pangelina, Los Angeles

SPECIALIZES in SLEEP DISORDERS

  • Winifred Lloyds Lender  805.880.9699

VIEW OTHER OPTIONS FOR ASSESSMENTS >

MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON… 

What are the different specialties?

  • Clinical psychologists assess and treat people with psychological problems. They may act as therapists for people experiencing normal psychological crises or for individuals suffering from chronic psychiatric disorders.
  • Counseling psychologists do many of the same things that clinical psychologists do. However, they tend to focus more on persons with adjustment problems rather than on persons suffering from severe psychological disorders.
  • Developmental psychologists study how we develop intellectually, socially, and emotionally over the lifespan. Many do research and teach in academic settings, but many act as consultants to schools or social service agencies.
  • Educational psychologists are concerned with the study of human learning. They attempt to understand the basic aspects of learning and then develop materials and strategies for enhancing the learning process.
  • Forensic psychologists are involved in analyzing crime evidence and aiding law enforcement agencies in criminal investigations.
  • Health psychologists are concerned with psychology’s contributions to the promotion and maintenance of good health and the prevention and treatment of illness. They may design and conduct programs to help individuals stop smoking, lose weight, manage stress, and stay physically fit.
  • Industrial/organizational psychologists are primarily concerned with the relationships between people and their work environments.
  • Physiological psychologists study the physiological correlates of behavior.
  • School psychologists are involved in enhancing the development of children in educational settings. They assess children’s psychoeducational abilities and recommend actions to facilitate student learning.
  • Social psychologists study how our beliefs, feelings, and behaviors are affected by other persons. Most work in academic settings.

Parent Recommended...

  • Dr. Iona M. Tripathi, MD
  • Dr. Michael Mantz
  • Dr Michele Abassi, Westlake
  • Dr. Glenn Miller

MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON… 

SOME PARENTS DO NOT RECOMMENDED…

  • Glenn Miller
  • Marjorie Gies

What are the different specialties?

  • Clinical neurophysiology
  • Forensic psychiatry
  • Addiction psychiatry
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Hospice and palliative medicine
  • Pain management
  • Psychosomatic medicine
  • Sleep medicine
  • Brain injury medicine
  • Cross-cultural psychiatry
  • Emergency psychiatry
  • Learning disability
  • Neurodevelopmental disorder
  • Cognition diseases as in various forms of dementia
  • Biological psychiatry
  • Community psychiatry
  • Global Mental Health
  • Military psychiatry
  • Social psychiatry
  • Sports Psychiatry

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YOUTH…

  • Caitlin Slutzky
  • Marcus Flathman
  • Judy Stewart, 805.450.0509
  • Nicole Miller
  • Kelli Sullivan
  • Dr. Kali Lantrip, Interpersonal Violence Specialist. Specialize in working with survivors of sexual and relational trauma, including child abuse, sexual assault, and partner violence.

FAMILY…

  • Kim Taylor
  • Connie Mattingly
  • Michael Kennan
  • Dana Di Salvo
  • Rendy Freedman

More INFORMATION COMING SOON…

Specialties

  • Animal-Assisted Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • DBT – Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Expressive or Creative Arts Therapy
  • Family-focused Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Coaching – Life Coach

Santa Barbara Programs & Agencies

Academic Support

This is a list of local agencies that provide academic support.

Call ahead to find out more about their programs or visit their websites.

Santa Barbara Schools

  • Private & Boarding Schools
    • Anacapa High
    • Bishop Diego
    • Laguna Blanca
    • Midland Coed Boarding School [Santa Ynez]
    • Providence
    • SB Middle School [6th-9th]
  • SB Unified School District – options for School
    • CLASS Truancy program
    • QUETZAL PROGRAM
    • Alta Vista Independent Studies
    • Middle College [partnership with SBCC] view details >
    • Posse Program/PEAC [La Cumbre Junior High]

Santa Barbara Agencies

  • SB County Education Foundation
    • Academy of Success
    • Summer School
  • SB School of Squash
  • Scholarship Foundation SB
  • SBCC Promise
  • SELPA

Academic & Tutoring

  • Manu Kai Educational Services

Advocacy

This is a list of local agencies that do advocacy in mental health, tobacco prevention and substance abuse.

Call ahead to find out more about their programs or visit their websites.

Santa Barbara Agencies

  • COYA – Coalition of Youth Advocates
  • Families Act – Family Advocacy Program and Family Support Fund
  • Mental Wellness Center – NAMI
  • SafeLaunch
  • SB Transgender Advocacy Network

Coalitions & Task Forces

This is a list of local agencies that are partnering to make a difference for the youth in Santa Barbara County.

Call ahead to find out more about their programs or visit their websites.

Santa Barbara Agencies

  • South Coast Task Force on Youth Safety
  • Santa Ynez Valley Youth Coalition
  • SB Teen Coalition Connection SBTC
  • Student Mental Wellness Community Coalition

Educational Programs

This is a list of agencies that provide various workshops and trainings for parents, caretakers, students, teachers and professionals.

Call ahead to find out more about their programs or visit their websites.

View our full page on Trainings, Education, Speakers & Workshops >

Visit our CALENDAR to view upcoming workshops.

Santa Barbara Agencies

  • CADA
  • CALM
  • County of SB Public Health – Youth Tobacco Prevention
  • DVS – Domestic Violence Solutions
  • FSA – Family Service Agency
  • Glendon Association
  • Just Communities
  • Mental Wellness Center
  • New Beginnings Community Church – Life In Focus Classes
  • New Beginnings Counseling
  • Rape Crisis Center
  • SafeLaunch
  • SB Education Foundation – Destructive Behavior in Adolescents
  • SB COPE
  • What is Love

Campus Clubs

Encourage students to look for positive support on their high school and college campuses. Below are a few of the clubs and programs available at different campuses…

HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS

  • Project LETS
  • Bring Change to Mind
  • Active Minds,
  • Youth Move
  • Dare to Dream
  • Live-Love-Laugh, Erika’s Lighthouse

COLLEGE CAMPUS

  • Active Minds – dedicated to utilizing the student voice to raise mental health awareness among college students. The organization develops and supports student-run chapters on colleges and university campuses that promote a dialogue around issues of mental health and educate the entire student body about available resources in and around the campus community.
  • NAMI on Campus – work to end the stigma that makes it hard for students to talk about mental health and get the help they need. Support peers with signature NAMI programs and training from NAMI State Organizations and Affiliates.
  • YMM, You Mean More – aims to promote awareness and strengthen the prevention of suicide and self-harm among university students. Events (at UC Berkley) include the Mental Health Monologues and the Suicide Prevention Walk.

College Counseling Centers

Many of the support services on college campuses are included with the students tuition…

  • Provide assessment and brief therapy for students.
  • Community referrals for long term needs.
  • Provide crisis intervention
  • Education and outreach
  • Training future mental health care professionals
  • Medication management through student health insurance plan
  • Re-entry process for students who take semester off due to mental health to provide “continuity of care”

Counseling Programs

This is a list of local agencies that provide counseling, therapy and assessment services.

Vew our THERAPISTS section for a list of parent recommended therapists.

Call ahead to find out more about their programs or visit their websites.

Santa Barbara Agencies

  • Community Counseling & Education Center
  • FSA – Family Service Agency
  • Family Therapy Institute
  • Hope Counseling Center
  • Life Development Center
  • New Beginnings Counseling
  • Zona Seca

College Counseling

  • SBCC – ASAP & Counseling & Crisis Intervention
  • USCB
  • Westmont

Intervention & Treatment Programs

This is a list of local agencies that provide intervention and treatment programs.

Call ahead to find out more about their programs or visit their websites.

If you need additional resources, visit our TREATMENT PROGRAMS page for more details about Wilderness, Residential & Therapeutic Boarding Schools, Transition Home Programs and Independent Educational Consultants.

Santa Barbara Agencies
[click on the organization to link to their website]

CLICK TO VIEW ADDITIONAL TREATMENT OPTIONS >>

  • CADA Detox, Youth & Adult Outpatient Treatment 805.963.1433
    Daniel Bryant Youth Treatment Center
  • Crescend Health [formerly Phoenix House] Residential Treatment 805.965.3434
  • Sanctuary Centers of SB Residential & Outpatient 805.569.2785
  • Stalwart Sober Living Home for Women, 805.965.4989

Job Training & Life Skills

This is a list of local agencies that provide job training and life skills programs.

Call ahead to find out more about their programs or visit their websites.

Santa Barbara Agencies

  • County of SB Workforce Investment Board – Youth Corps
  • Hidden Wings
  • Mental Wellness Center
  • SB County Education Foundation – Americorps
  • SB County of Education – Partners In Education
  • Unity Shoppe
  • Youth Interactive
  • yStrive

Leadership Programs

This is a list of local agencies that provide leadership groups for teens.

Call ahead to find out more about their programs or visit their websites.

Santa Barbara Agencies

  • AHA!
  • City of SB Youth Council
  • COYA – Coalition of Youth Advocates
  • Fund for SB – Youth Making Change
  • Future Leaders of America
  • Just Communities
  • High School Clubs [ie: Active Minds]
  • Pacific Pride
  • SB Police Activities League – SBPAL
  • SBMNH – Quasars
  • UCSB – Freedom4Youth
  • YMCA – PILOTS, Youth & Government

Mediation & Restorative Approaches

This is a list of local agencies that provide mediation support, compassionate communication, appropriate dispute resolution and problem solving practices.

Call ahead to find out more about their programs or visit their websites.

Santa Barbara Agencies

  • AHA! Peace Builders
  • Conflict Solution Center
  • Just Communities

Core Support, Intervention & Prevention

This is a list of local agencies that provide special programs most of which do not cost anything to the client.

Call ahead to find out more about their programs or visit their websites.

Santa Barbara Agencies

  • A Different Point of View
  • Alternatives to Violence
  • Arts for Humanity
  • CADA
  • City at Peace
  • City of Santa Barbara
  • Easy Lift – children’s accessible transportation
  • Mental Wellness Center
  • Palabra
  • People Helping People
  • SB School of Squash
  • Transition House
  • Wilderness Youth Project
  • YMCA, Transitional-Age Youth Housing Program

Sex Ed, Teen Pregnancy, Birth Control

This is a list of local agencies that support young adults that are sexually active.

Call ahead to find out more about their programs or visit their websites.

Santa Barbara Agencies

  • CAC – TAPP: Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting
  • Network Medical
  • Planned Parenthood
  • SB Unified School District – Cal-SAFE
  • Villa Majella Crisis Pregnancy Home
  • What is Love
  • St. Vincent’s

Support Groups

This is a list of agencies that provide various support groups. Some focus on mental health, substance abuse and others are more general support.

Call ahead to find out more about their programs or visit their websites.

You can also visit our CALENDAR to view upcoming groups.

Santa Barbara Agencies

  • AHA!
    • Ally Leadership
    • Creative Groups
    • Girls Group
    • Guys Group
    • Outdoor Group
    • Carpinteria Group
  • AL-ANON/ALATEEN
  • CADA – Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse
    • YSS – Youth Service Specialist [school-based]
    • START [Carpinteria school-based]
    • SUPER 
    • Friday Night Live & Club Live
    • Reconnecting Youth [school-based class]
    • Daniel Bryant Youth Treatment Center groups
  • CALM – Child Abuse Listening & Mediation
  • Casa de la Raza
  • Changes Outpatient Wellness Center
  • Community Action Commission
  • Community Council & Education Center
    • Peace UP… An interactive curriculum for 5th-12th grade students that strengthens self esteem and addresses the vital issues of harassment, bullying and violence.
    • SpeakOUT… is a comprehensive program at CCEC offering groups, individual and family counseling, outreach and resources to LGBTQ youth.
  • Young Life & Wyldlife Caernaum
  • Faith Based Youth Groups at local churches
    [Calvary Chapel, Ocean Hills, Reality SB, SB Community Church]
  • FSA – Family Service Agency
  • Hospice
  • Housing Authority – groups
  • Mental Wellness Center
    • KEEPING CONNECTED This FREE group brings together teens (14-18yrs) to learn emotion management in a fun, safe place. Come discuss life, work on communication and social skills and enjoy time with your peers! Facilitated by Isis Castaneda and Lupe Luna.
    • WRAP GROUPS [Wellness Recovery Action Plan] for teens aims to provide people with a mental health diagnoses an aspect of control over their wellness and recovery.
    • MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS is not a group, it is a curriculum offered in 6th & 9th grade classrooms when requested by teachers and is designed to introduce students to mental health issues.
  • New Beginnings Community Church – Life In Focus Classes
  • Pacific Pride
    • PROUD Youth Group
  • Rape Crisis Center
  • Recovery Road
  • SB County Dept of Behavioral Wellness

College Support Groups

  • SBCC
  • MIDDLE COLLEGE at SBCC –
  • UCSB CAPS , PAC, Guachos For Recovery , Life of the Party Group

Support Groups

This is a list of agencies that provide various support groups.

Call ahead to find out more about their programs or visit their websites.

You can also visit our CALENDAR to view upcoming groups.

Santa Barbara Agencies

  • CALM
  • CADA
    • SUPER
    • Parent Program
  • FSA – Family Service Agency
  • Hospice
    • INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING – We provide individual, family, and support group counseling.
    • CAMPUS SUPPORT GROUPS – DPHS, SBHS, SMHS
    • GROUP: PARENTING AFTER LOSS (PAL) is an eight week group for surviving parents and/or guardians and their children.
    • MENTOR: I HAVE A FRIEND – The parent and the mentor volunteer meet first and then the mentor is introduced to the child.
  • New Beginnings Counseling
  • SB County Dept of Behavioral Wellness

School Based Resources

This is a list of agencies that provide partnerships and programs in our high schools.

Call ahead to find out more about their programs or visit their websites.

You can also visit our CALENDAR to view upcoming trainings.

Santa Barbara Agencies

  • CADA
  • Carpinteria Children’s Project – THRIVE
  • Carpinteria Unified School District – THINK, STEP-UP, START
  • DVS – Domestic Violence Solutions
  • FSA – Family Service Agency
  • Hospice
  • Rape Crisis Center
  • SB Community Counseling Center offers support groups at SBHS
  • SB Education Foundation
    • Youth Violence & Prevention Program
    • Destructive Behavior in Adolescents
    • Academy for Success
  • SB Police Department & Sheriff’s Department – School Resource Officers
  • What is Love

Youth & Teen Centers

This is a list of local agencies that have youth, teen and family centers with a variety of support, activities, groups, and tutoring.

Call ahead to find out more about their programs or visit their websites.

Santa Barbara Agencies

  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Casa de la Raza
  • Frankin School Community Center
  • Girls Inc. Carp
  • Girls Inc SB
  • IVYP – Isla Vista Youth Projects
  • SB Police Activities League – SBPAL
  • St. George Family Youth Center
    [Formerly: IVYP-Isla Vista Teen Center]
  • YMCA – Saturday Night Y Teen Night

We invite you to SHARE YOUR OTHER RESOURCES below in the comments section…


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