San Diego Center for Children

San Diego Center for Children San Diego's oldest children's nonprofit providing hope and healing to thousands of children and families struggling with mental health challenges.
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Founded in 1887, the San Diego Center for Children is the oldest children's nonprofit in the region, currently serving children and families struggling with emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges. Within eight locations, and hundreds of homes throughout San Diego County, the Center provides assessment, outpatient therapy, school-based therapies, education, wraparound, foster care, and

residential treatment to children, youth and their families, from all walks of life. Each day, the Center touches the lives of over 1,000 children and families, empowering them to live joyful and healthy lives. Please visit www.centerforchildren.org for details about programs and services offered by the San Diego Center for Children.

Thank you to Dr. Heline Mirzakhanian and Dr. Donna Corbett from the UC San Diego Cognitive Assessment and Risk Evaluatio...
06/14/2024

Thank you to Dr. Heline Mirzakhanian and Dr. Donna Corbett from the UC San Diego Cognitive Assessment and Risk Evaluation (CARE) Team for their presentation on Early Identification, Intervention, and Prevention of Psychosis in Adolescents and Young Adults last Friday. We appreciate all the staff who were able to attend this presentation and their commitment to providing the best care for children and families at the Center!

Meet Mark David Grijalva Peres! 👋 Mark has been working at San Diego Center for Children since 2015 and just celebrated ...
06/12/2024

Meet Mark David Grijalva Peres! 👋 Mark has been working at San Diego Center for Children since 2015 and just celebrated his 🌟 9 year milestone anniversary 🌟 the other day. Mark was born in El Centro but was raised in Calexico, California. He is the father to two beautiful daughters and has been living in San Diego for the past 13 years.

Mark started working at San Diego Center for Children in March 2015 as a Residential Support Specialist. While working one New Years Eve, however, Mark injured himself and was taken off the residential floor. Fortunately, he was soon given the opportunity to work as an Administrative Assistant for the Clark Residential Office and 9 months later, another opportunity to work as a Bilingual Parent Partner at WrapWorks. During this time, Mark also started attending the California State Parent Partner monthly meetings where he would meet with others in the field and share his lived experiences and wisdom.

Today, Mark works as a Bilingual Parent Partner at The East County Outpatient Program (ECOP). He continues to work as a Residential Support Specialist at Residential during the week and on weekends as needed. In his free time, Mark enjoys just driving around and listening to music. Mark grew up listening to all kinds of genres of music but particularly enjoys songs with meaningful lyrics and great instrumentals. Since he was young, Mark has had a passion for free verse poetry and short stories. Both of these passions help keep Mark cope, stay focused, and stay in touch with himself and a higher power. Additionally, Mark enjoys watching baseball (his favorite team being the New York Yankees), collecting movies, and watching movies whether they be at home or on the big screen.

In Mark’s own words, “I am not sure what comes next, but what I am sure of is that it will be of service to others in the humblest, effective, caring, and loving possible way that I can.”

The Family Wellness Center’s fee-for-service program is now accepting new clients! Our program provides outpatient thera...
06/10/2024

The Family Wellness Center’s fee-for-service program is now accepting new clients! Our program provides outpatient therapy services (individual and family) and specializes in a variety of areas including anxiety, depression, neurodiversity, and more. The Family Wellness Center also offers Mental Health Access Plan (MHAP) Assessments. MHAP Assessments are used to screen clients and learn more about their needs. The intake clinician who performs the assessment typically sees the client temporarily until they are able to find a permanent therapist or refers them to a higher level of care if necessary.

✅ To schedule an appointment, please call our office at (619) 668-6200 or fill out an online form at https://www.centerforchildren.org/referrals/

✅ For more information about Family Wellness Center, please go to https://www.centerforchildren.org/our-services/outpatient/family-wellness-center/

Career Day at SDCC! Academy students heard presentations from a wide array of career backgrounds - including Media Produ...
05/31/2024

Career Day at SDCC! Academy students heard presentations from a wide array of career backgrounds - including Media Production, Real Estate Management, Construction, Ocean Lifeguard, Social Work, Pet Grooming, and more. Many thanks to all of our presenters for their time and expertise!

Dr. Ben Maxwell, Division Chief of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, talks about the ...
05/29/2024

Dr. Ben Maxwell, Division Chief of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, talks about the growing needs of youth struggling with significant mental health challenges: “We’ve seen the crisis on an annual basis grow really from around 2012 and the rate of growth of this crisis has been consistent to the point that it’s never been worse than it is right now. I think sometimes people think it’s the same as it was 9 years ago and it’s not even close to being the same.”

To meet this need, San Diego Center for Children partnered with Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego in 2020 to create three new programs: Intensive Outpatient Services, Intensive Family Wraparound Services, and Collaborative Care (therapeutic service within pediatric offices). Click on the link to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ERRBDppQ2g

San Diego Center for Children helps provide mental health services to youth and families in need like Helen and Adam. Le...
05/29/2024

San Diego Center for Children helps provide mental health services to youth and families in need like Helen and Adam. Learn about Adam’s experience at The Residential Treatment Center and The Academy here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oiA7pFYMMM

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Help support underserved and at-risk youth this May by donating today. With your h...
05/24/2024

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Help support underserved and at-risk youth this May by donating today. With your help, San Diego Center for Children can continue to provide life changing care to families!

We are deeply grateful for the incredible success of the Center's 137th Anniversary Celebration, which welcomed guests t...
05/22/2024

We are deeply grateful for the incredible success of the Center's 137th Anniversary Celebration, which welcomed guests to our main campus at the Heart of the Center on May 11. Guests enjoyed gourmet dinner stations, specialty cocktails, classroom tours, and special performances from our youth. The event raised critical funds to support the Center’s transformative mental health care and educational services.

More event photos and videos here: https://www.centerforchildren.org/news/137th-anniversary-celebration/

Stay up to date with San Diego Center For Children. Subscribe to our newsletter by clicking the link in our bio!        ...
05/17/2024

Stay up to date with San Diego Center For Children. Subscribe to our newsletter by clicking the link in our bio!

☀️ This month’s Value of the Month is Optimism. ☀️ San Diego Center for Children promotes optimism by focusing on the st...
05/13/2024

☀️ This month’s Value of the Month is Optimism. ☀️ San Diego Center for Children promotes optimism by focusing on the strengths of the individuals and communities we serve and building on their successes while advocating for and modeling positive system change.

Are you looking to make a difference in your community? Come volunteer at San Diego Center for Children and make a posit...
05/10/2024

Are you looking to make a difference in your community? Come volunteer at San Diego Center for Children and make a positive impact on the children and families we serve. You and your friends can sign up for one of our campus beautification projects OR you can even help put together a food basket and provide a gift certificate to a local grocery store.

Click on the link in our bio to view our current volunteer opportunities!

Do you want to help others? The San Diego Center for Children is a non-profit organization focused on providing a contin...
05/06/2024

Do you want to help others? The San Diego Center for Children is a non-profit organization focused on providing a continuum of behavioral health services to children and adolescents. We are looking for dedicated individuals committed to enhancing the health and wellness of the communities we serve.

We asked some of our staff what they’re favorite part about working at SDCC is:

“My favorite part of working here is making new connections and expanding my knowledge.”

“everyone is super friendly and welcoming…10/10!”

“What I enjoy most about working within my department is how supportive everyone is. There are always learning opportunities that continue to expand my knowledge and professional goals.”

Click on the link in our bio to view our current open positions!

Tara Beckman and San Diego Center for Children are featured in GB Magazine Feel Good Friday piece! Check out the article...
05/04/2024

Tara Beckman and San Diego Center for Children are featured in GB Magazine Feel Good Friday piece! Check out the article by going to the link below and if you haven’t already signed up for the 137th Anniversary Celebration, you can still get tickets by going to the link in our bio!

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." - Mahatma Gandhi San Diego Center for Children empowers children and families struggling with mental, emotional and behavioral health challenges through transformative mental health care and educational services. The Cente...

While society is getting more comfortable discussing mental health, it can still be hard to know   when it comes to taki...
05/03/2024

While society is getting more comfortable discussing mental health, it can still be hard to know when it comes to taking care of ourselves. 💚

We asked some of our staff what mental health means to them to how to manage your mental health in a changing world:

“Mental health means health and well being to me.”

“To me, mental health means having the ability to cope with and adapt to the challenges of life, maintain a sense of balance, and navigate through various emotions, relationships and experiences in a healthy way.”

Learn more with Mental Health America’s resources: mhanational.org/may

Many of our staff, interns, and volunteers participated in the Critical Issues in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Con...
04/30/2024

Many of our staff, interns, and volunteers participated in the Critical Issues in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference (CICAMH) last Friday including Vice President of Clinical Operations Cheryl Rode, Ph.D., the Chair of the Board of Trustees Ann Garland, Ph.D., Program Director Foster Care Services Aisha Pope, LCSW, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Neha Bahadur, MD, and our psychologist colleagues from Rady's, Sharp, and USD.

The Critical Issues in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference (CICAMH) is an annual conference aiming to increase awareness and understanding of issues affecting youth mental health and offer attendees the resources to better support the children, families, and communities they work with.

This year’s conference focused on strategies for promoting family mental well-being through interventions (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Racial Socialization, community support for mandated reporters, and treatment for Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder and other eating disorders) and reducing barriers for youth from minoritized communities.

Thank you to the 130+ staff and interns who attended the Health & Wellness Fair on Wednesday and a big thank you to Revi...
04/26/2024

Thank you to the 130+ staff and interns who attended the Health & Wellness Fair on Wednesday and a big thank you to Revive: A Corporate Wellness Movement for helping us organize this event!

Thank you to our food vendors: Farm Fresh To You, Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies, and Cuscatlan Salvadorian Cuisine. Thank you to our fitness vendors: Volo Sports, CrossFit ATR Athletic Training Redefined, and Orangetheory Fitness. Thank you to our health and wellness vendors: Wellness Lounge, Rooted and True, and doTERRA Essential Oils USA, and I Love A Clean San Diego.

Thank you to our benefits broker, carrier, and provider vendors: HUB International, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, IDA Wealth Management, Empower, Unum, New York Life Insurance Company, and Nationwide. Thank you to our financial wellness vendors: San Diego County Credit Union and Mission Fed Credit Union. And thank you to our very own programs: the Dietary Committee, Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee, and Trauma Informed Care Committee.

The 137th Anniversary Celebration is only 3 weeks away! Thank you to our sponsors Hub International, Sycuan Band of the ...
04/24/2024

The 137th Anniversary Celebration is only 3 weeks away! Thank you to our sponsors Hub International, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Vicki and Moisés Barón, Linda and Mel Katz, Watkins Wellness, RPS Monument, and City National Bank for their generous support.

This signature event helps raise the necessary funds for the Center’s critical programs - providing therapeutic and educational services to children and families struggling with significant mental health challenges. For tickets and information, please visit the link in our bio.

San Diego Center for Children has been working diligently to build a first of its kind comprehensive continuum of nation...
04/22/2024

San Diego Center for Children has been working diligently to build a first of its kind comprehensive continuum of nationally accredited mental health services aimed primarily at giving access to underserved and at-risk youth in our region.

With your help, we can work to build a better understanding of the significant challenges our youth are experiencing and ensure that no youth or family in need is left untreated.

Join us today and make a difference in YOUR life and THEIRS!

The San Diego Center for Children is looking for dedicated individuals who are deeply committed to enhancing the health ...
04/17/2024

The San Diego Center for Children is looking for dedicated individuals who are deeply committed to enhancing the health and wellness of children and families. If you're searching for a career with a meaningful impact and an exceptional organization, the Center could be the perfect fit for you! Click on the link in our bio to view our current positions

Thank you to our Gold Sponsor Sycuan Tribe be for their continued partnership and generous support of The San Diego Cent...
04/15/2024

Thank you to our Gold Sponsor Sycuan Tribe be for their continued partnership and generous support of The San Diego Center for Children’s 137th Anniversary Celebration! For tickets and information, please visit the link in our bio.

The San Diego Center for Children’s 137th Anniversary Celebration is only a few weeks away! Experience a memorable eveni...
04/15/2024

The San Diego Center for Children’s 137th Anniversary Celebration is only a few weeks away! Experience a memorable evening featuring gourmet dinner stations, specialty cocktails, exclusive live auction experiences, and an inspiring performance by our talented youth. Thank you to our Gold Sponsor HUB International national for their continued partnership and generous support! For tickets and information, please visit the link in our bio.

JoyMakers, San Diego Center for Children’s volunteer program, contributes positively to the lives of the children, teens...
04/13/2024

JoyMakers, San Diego Center for Children’s volunteer program, contributes positively to the lives of the children, teens, and families we serve. Through a distinctive combination of volunteer efforts, raising awareness, and collecting both in-kind and monetary donations year-round, our JoyMakers consistently make a remarkable difference in furthering our mission. Check out volunteer opportunities at San Diego Center for Children by clicking the link in our bio!

Last Friday, Zach Stones, LMFT, Program Manager of the East County Outpatient Program (ECOP), did a case training on ass...
04/10/2024

Last Friday, Zach Stones, LMFT, Program Manager of the East County Outpatient Program (ECOP), did a case training on assessing for su***de, substance abuse, and other taboo topics. Thank you to Zach for an exceptional and informative training and to everyone that attended!

This month’s Value of the Month is Wellness. San Diego Center for Children promotes the health and well-being of the who...
04/08/2024

This month’s Value of the Month is Wellness. San Diego Center for Children promotes the health and well-being of the whole person and acknowledges the traumatic impact of adverse community environments, systemic oppression, and the need for diverse healing practices.

Stay up to date with San Diego Center for Children. Check out our April Newsletter and subscribe by going to the link in...
04/05/2024

Stay up to date with San Diego Center for Children. Check out our April Newsletter and subscribe by going to the link in our bio!

Come join San Diego Center for Children for our 137th Anniversary Celebration taking place at our beautiful main campus at the Heart of the Center!

Thank you to L2 Solutions for volunteering with us last Friday! They did a great job beautifying our garden and campus f...
04/03/2024

Thank you to L2 Solutions for volunteering with us last Friday! They did a great job beautifying our garden and campus facilities.

L2 Solutions is a women-owned utilities consulting firm based in San Diego and committed to delivering the best performance possible.

If you or your company is interested in volunteering, please contact our Development Manager Warren Johnson at [email protected].

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3002 Armstrong Street
San Diego, CA
92111

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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+18582779550

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Founded in 1887, the San Diego Center for Children is the oldest children's 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the region accredited by The Joint Commission for its excellence in quality of care. The Center provides evidence-based therapeutic, educational, foster care and transition services to children and families struggling with mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. Today, with 8 program sites and community-based services within hundreds of homes and schools across San Diego County, the Center empowers over 1,000 people every day.

For more information about our program services and events, please visit www.centerforchildren.org.