Young Adult & Family Center

The Young Adult and Family Center provides mental health care to adolescents and young adults ages 12 to 24 and their families. Founded in 2004, the center was one of the first academic-based psychiatry programs in the nation dedicated to serving youth. Our goal is to improve the mental health of young people and their families in all communities, with a special emphasis on the most vulnerable. We seek to make mental health care available to every teen, young adult and family in need of services.

Our services

The Young Adult and Family Center offers comprehensive assessments and ongoing individual, group and family treatment, including these services:

Adolescent Assessment Clinic

This clinic provides assessments of adolescents and young adults. The staff includes two psychiatrists, a pediatrician, an educational psychologist and family therapists.

Bridge Clinic

The Bridge Clinic serves patients who were recently discharged from hospital care and need outpatient treatment, or who are in treatment but require more intensive services. The clinic also provides interim care to patients awaiting access to one of the other programs at the Young Adult and Family Center.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program

We offer a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) group for adolescents showing symptoms of sadness, irritability, worry, stress or anxiety. The program's eight sessions provide a foundation for learning and practicing CBT skills in a supportive group environment. Adolescents are evaluated for baseline depression and anxiety symptoms when they enter the group, as well as periodically during and at the end of their treatment, to assess progress.

Liaison With Pediatrics

The Young Adult and Family Center is embedded in UCSF's primary care clinics for adolescents and young adults. Integrating psychiatry with primary care improves outreach and reduces the stigma of mental illness.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents

This program is geared to high-risk adolescents with multiple problems. We specialize in identifying and treating depression and harmful behaviors in adolescents, such as self-injury, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts, substance use, binge-and-purge eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and physical fighting.

Eating Disorders Program

This comprehensive, evidence-based program provides outstanding care for individuals with eating disorders and for their families. Our program is a collaboration with the UCSF Department of Pediatrics' adolescent medicine division, allowing us to address the full spectrum of eating disorders and their medical and psychological consequences.

Intensive Family Therapy

The Intensive Family Therapy (IFT) Program serves children, adolescents, young adults and their families to help them overcome challenges interfering with school or work performance, life at home, health and safety, or the ability to function within their community. The aim is for families to feel more connected and cohesive and learn to balance multiple or overwhelming stressors. IFT is a focused approach, designed to reduce symptoms, improve communication and repair relationships, and is grounded in a belief in a family's power to heal itself and the need to involve every member in the treatment.

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    What to Bring

    • Photo ID for patients age 18 and older. Patients 17 years of age and younger must be accompanied by an adult who can provide ID and insurance information
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your child's condition
    • List of medications, including dosages, plus any your child is allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

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    Your Stay

    We offer valuable information to help you plan for your child's upcoming hospital stay. Find out about food services, family accommodations and more.

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    Your Child's Care Team

    Our doctors, nurses, child life specialists and other providers have special training to care for children. Meet your child's care team.

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    Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

    Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

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    Eating Disorders Program

    Eating Disorders Program

    San Francisco / Greenbrae / Walnut Creek


    Psychiatry & Psychology Clinic

    Psychiatry & Psychology Clinic

    Oakland / San Francisco

    Support services

    Child Life Services

    Activity rooms, pet therapy and more to help kids feel at home.

    Child Life

    Certified child life specialists ease the stress and anxiety of childhood illness through therapeutic play, schooling and family-focused support.

    Family Amenities

    Family-friendly amenities help you relax and take care of yourself while staying close to your child. We offer lounges, kitchens, showers, breastfeeding rooms and more.


    Social Services

    Social workers ease the effect of illness, injury and hospitalization on your family with counseling and assistance to help you navigate the challenges.


    Activity Rooms

    Activity rooms offer a relaxed environment for children of all ages. Features include a playroom, digital arts studio and teen lounge. Find out more.


    Art Therapy

    Art therapy helps kids and families express themselves, making it easier to cope with pediatric health issues. Group and bedside services are available.


    Music Therapy Program

    Board-certified music therapists help kids cope with illness and the feelings that come with it. Find out about group activities and bedside therapy.


    School Program

    Our schoolroom services and individual learning programs help children hospitalized at UCSF continue their education and get ready to return to school.


    School Re-Entry Program

    After hospitalization, we help kids return to school by educating staff and students about their needs and recommending needed accommodations. Read more.


    Individual Playtime & Instruction

    If your child can't be around other kids for medical reasons, you can sign up for private sessions in our activity and school rooms. Find out how.


    Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

    Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

    Family Resource Center

    We help families cope with the challenges of childhood illness and hospitalization in a relaxing environment where parents can get a much-needed break.


    Parent Support Program

    Weekly activities, including knitting, scrapbooking, chair massage and more, help family caregivers get a much-needed break. Find out more.


    Patient Relations

    Patient relations reps and nursing supervisors are here to answer questions and address concerns. Learn about your rights, how to reach us and more.


    Spiritual Care

    Chaplains help UCSF patients, families and staff cope with the spiritual and emotional challenges of childhood illness. Learn more.


    International Services

    If you're coming to UCSF from outside the U.S., we coordinate your child's appointments and provide other helpful services. Here's how to get started.

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