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.
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.
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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Lisa M. Johnson
Judith A. Libow
NP, MSNNurse practitioner
Sarah E. Crouch
MFTMarriage and family therapist
Awards & recognition
Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties
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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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