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  More Ways to Support OTTP!


To make an in-kind donation to OTTP please contact or call (310) 323-6887 to speak with a member of our team. 

If you wish to mail your contribution, please make your check payable to SSG/OTTP and mail it to:

Occupational Therapy Training Program

19401 South Vermont Ave., Suite A-200

Torrance, CA 90502


Occupational Therapy Training Program (OTTP) is a division of

Special Service for Groups, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization.

Tax ID Available Upon Request

OTTP Centers of Excellence


School-Linked Services: Available in several alternative education settings, non-public schools, and public elementary, middle and high school settings throughout Los Angeles County and the South Bay.  Our multidisciplinary teams provide life skills training, work readiness training, group and individual therapy to youth on-site at their schools to promote self-esteem, positive social behaviors, and attention skills that are necessary for them to develop effective learning and life skills.

Intensive Services: Assessment, individual & family therapy, occupational therapy, substance abuse prevention/intervention, 24/7 availability, and medication support services.

ATS Collaborative: Interagency collaboration between Augustus F. Hawkins, Tessie Cleveland Community Services Corp., and Special Service for Groups/OTTP provides multidisciplinary, intensive community and home-based services to families in need of mental health and daily living support.

Full-Service Partnership: Comprehensive mental health and case management services are provided to children, transitional age youth, and families utilizing a “whatever it takes” approach 24/7  to help them move toward recovery and wellness.

Wraparound: A family-centered, strength-based approach to help youth and families achieve long-term self-sufficiency outside of the foster care system.  A multidisciplinary team offers a variety of supports and structures to empower families to function at their optimal level within day-to-day life.

Youth Mental Health First Aid: Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

For additional information on Youth Mental Health Fist Aid, please visit

OTTP Youth Center: Functioning as a safe haven for the youth, the OTTP Youth Center offers training classes, community outings, empowerment & support groups, and leisure activities after school, in the evenings, and on the weekends.

Prevention & Early Intervention: Evidence-Based Practices In Mental Health

LIFE: Loving Intervention for Family Enrichment: Youth face unprecedented pressures and problems: gangs, drugs, and alcohol to name a few. Parents also face multiple challenges on a daily basis. LIFE gives youth and parents the skills to improve family relationships. Classes assist parents in managing difficult behaviors, learning effective parenting strategies, and creating a positive home environment.


LIFE is designed to help youth & families succeed in school, at home, and in life.

CAPPS: Center for the Assessment and Prevention of Prodromal States: CAPPS is a family based, preventative program for youth ages 16-25 who are at risk of developing a psychotic mental illness. Interventions include family therapy, psycho-education, communication skills, problem solving skills, medication support from a psychiatrist, and case management.

PCIT: Parent Child Interactive Therapy: PCIT is an empirically-supported treatment for conduct-disordered young children that focuses on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. In PCIT, parents are taught specific skills to establish a nurturing and secure relationship with their child while increasing their child's prosocial behavior and decreasing negative behavior.

CFOF: Caring For Our Family: The Family Connections program provides community-based social work services to families with children who live in Los Angeles County. We provide a combination of individual and family services that will help your children grow to be healthy and successful at home, at school, and in the community. We also work with others in your family and neighborhood that are important to you, to identify and build on your family's strengths, to help you meet your needs and the needs of your children. We meet in your home, school - anywhere that works best for you.  

ART: Aggression Replacement Training: ART is a cognitive behavioral intervention program that helps children and adolescents improve social skill competence and moral reasoning, better manage anger, and reduce aggressive behavior. The program consists of 10 weeks (30 sessions) of group intervention training, and includes interactive role playing, group discussions, as well as identification of the components of anger. Youth in the ART program learn and practice prosocial skills and learn to decrease their aggressive responses.

Seeking Safety: Seeking Safety is a present-focused therapy to help people attain safety from trauma/PTSD and substance abuse. Designed for clients who are trauma-exposed or have a diagnosis of PTSD, clients who engage in maladaptive behaviors, (ex. high risk behaviors, sexual promiscuity, cutting, self-injurious behaviors) or have a substance abuse disorder. Clients will learn to use safe coping strategies to eliminate self-harm, remove themselves from dangerous situations, gain control over overwhelming symptoms, attain healthy self-care, and acquire trustworthy relationships.  

CBITS: Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in School: CBITS is a cognitive and behavioral group therapy model for reducing symptoms of PTSD and depression caused by exposure to violence and is designed to reduce symptoms related to trauma; build resilience; and increase peer and parent support. CBITS is for youth, ages 10-14 who have experienced a significant trauma and who have significant symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or depression.

TF-CBT: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Servicing children, TF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment model that will reduce symptoms of depression and psychological trauma resulting from a number of traumatic experiences, such as child sexual abuse, domestic violence, traumatic loss, etc. TF-CBT is effective for resolving PTSD, depression, anxiety, behavioral difficulties, shame and other problems related to a history of abuse.  TF-CBT incorporates psychoeducation and parenting, relaxation training, cognitive processing of the trauma, narrative writing, and safety-enhancing skills.


Youth Center Groups 

Female Teen Support Group: Provides a supportive and educational environment for female teenagers wherein they can openly discuss social issues that plague their lives. The group educates and inspires young female teenagers to work through difficult social issues, and move forward to become productive members of society.



G.L.A.M: Getting to Learn About Me is a group for middle school aged girls. GLAM provides a supportive environment for girls to build self esteem and positive social skills while engaging in fun activities with their peers. 



Food Fitness: Youth make positive changes to their eating habits and physical activity pattern by examining the emotional influence on their habits. Promotes healthier eating for a healthier lifestyle, as well as a positive self image, and overall sense of wellness.



Latina Empowerment Group: Provides young Latinas with solutions to pursue a positive and productive future. Young women develop successful strategies to decrease pregnancy, suicide, violence, and increase their self-esteem.



“Men”toring Club: A forum for young men to identify their role in the community and family. Cultural sensitivity, decision making skills, self esteem, and coping skills are strengthened through a process of dialogue and discovery. Junior “Men”toring Club: Offered for the younger male youth.



"On a Good Note" Music Group: A creative outlet for youth to explore interests in music and learn about the music industry from an experienced, professional music producer. Youth have an opportunity to create, record, and produce music during the 16 week program. They learn to use computer software for creating music and are provided valuable information about the music industry based on the facilitator's professional experience.



Positive Pathways: Teenage choices can alter lives forever. This substance abuse prevention/intervention group provides youth with the skills necessary to enhance and enlighten the teen's journey to become productive in all areas of life.

TAY Group: The TAY group creates a supportive environment for transition age youth, age 16-25, with pervasive mental illnesses. Clients in this group engage in occupational therapy and psychotherapy to increase social functioning and community engagement in their everyday lives. 



P.O.W.E.R: Positive thinking, Open minded and Willing to Empower Relationships is a group for middle school age youth with behaviors or emotions that make it difficult to engage at school, home, or in the community. This group provides a supportive environment for youth to practice social skills with peers and increase life skills that are needed to function in their environments. 


Summer Programs

Tennis Group: Helps youth build positive self-esteem while engaging in the fun and challenging sport of tennis. Clients can address sportsmanship, social skills, team building, anger management, frustration tolerance, positive thinking, and stress reduction, while increasing their awareness of health and fitness.


Go Green: Focuses on forming healthy and environmentally sound habits. Clients can improve self esteem and feelings of empowerment by being conscientious of their lifestyle choices.


iPLAY Sports Group: Sports have the power to motivate, inspire and encourage. Youth will engage in activities that can assist them develop confidence, teamwork, positive self-esteem and decision making skills to help them tackle issues in their daily life. 

Garden Group: The OTTP garden empowers youth to make changes and thrive in their own communities. They receive an education on planting and harvesting, learn about composting and nutrition, and learn the importance of organic gardening versus using pesticides. You are invited to participate in outings to farmers markets and local ecosystem observatories.

OTTP is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

through the Department of Arts and Culture.

Image by Ralph Hutter

Behavior health services include psychological assessment; individual, family and group psychotherapy and rehabilitation; medication/psychiatric support services; 24/7 on-call availability, and substance abuse prevention/intervention.

Does your child experience any of the following?

School Problems - Failing grades, doesn't complete classwork, lacks interest in school, frequently tardy or absent, reading below grade level, defies rules, attention problems, refuses to go to school.

Behavior Problems - Impulsive/hyperactive, loner, depressed, worries too much, disrupts others, aggressive, defiant, doesn't complete chores or homework, cheats or steals, doesn't take responsibility for own actions, daydreams too much, inappropriate behavior. 

Medical/Physical - Sleeps in class, poor personal hygiene, eats too much or too little, overweight, medical problems, dental problems with hearing or vision, speech problems, wets or soils self. 

Home Environment - Experienced death/loss of significant person, living in foster care, fighting with siblings, too many people in the home, birth of new baby, separation/divorce, needs consistent discipline and parenting support. 


Mental health

is our priority

Occupational Therapy is a health care profession founded in mental health practice in 1917.  Occupational Therapists use hands-on, goal directed activities described as “occupations” to promote independence in daily life among individuals ages 0-100+ who live with or without a physical or mental illness. Occupational Therapists have always played a key role in the mental health and well-being of adolescents, children, and individuals of all ages.

Occupational Therapy settings include schools, hospitals, clinics, private practice, community settings, prisons and home settings. 

Occupational Therapy specialty areas include Mental Health, Physical Health, Lifestyle/Wellness, School-Based & Pediatrics Practice.

Occupations –At the Heart of Occupational Therapy

Within the profession of occupational therapy, “occupation” can be defined as those meaningful and purposeful activities that people engage in on a regular basis.  A child’s main occupation is play.  A teenager’s primary occupations are going to school, being a good friend, or becoming an entry-level worker the community.  A parent’s occupations include caregiving, working, and leisure.  Occupational Therapy facilitates an individual’s ability to develop the skills necessary to perform their daily occupations.

Evidence-Based Practice

Occupational science provides the foundation which informs and supports the everyday practice of occupational therapy.  

What is LIFE?
The LIFE Program works with parents and children to improve the quality of the parent-child relationship and teach parents the skills necessary to manage their child's behavioral challenges.

How does LIFE work?
There are three parts to LIFE. First, is the parenting skills class/support group, which utilizes the Award Winning Parent Project curriculum. This class is offered in English and Spanish. Second, are the youth mental health groups utilized to: develop life skills, improve academic performance, build self-esteem, increase cooperation, manage anger, improve social skills and identify positive leisure activities. Finally, the third component is the multi-family groups during which parents and children are brought together to improve family communication, increase family problem solving and conflict resolution skills, and engage in fun family activities.

Who is LIFE for?
Parents Who:
-feel overwhelmed, stressed, or guilty and are confused about how to deal with their child's disruptive and challenging behaviors.
-desire to strengthen their relationship 


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