Treatment Types

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is a specialized form of cognitive behavior therapy used to treat individuals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). ERP is an evidence-based treatment and has been demonstrated to help reduce OCD symptoms in both adults and children. It can be used alone or in combination with medication.

For further information, please contact us by calling the Child and Adolescent OCD Program: (310) 825-2373.

FOCUS is a resiliency-enhancing program for families with children facing a variety of traumatic or challenging events or chronic stressors (e.g., chronic illness, parent military deployment, abuse, accidents). The main goal of FOCUS is to enhance children’s and parents’ ability to do well in spite of adversity.

UCLA Family STAR Clinic at 310-825-7573 or email info@nfrc.ucla.edu

The transition to parenthood can be a complex time in an individual’s life. Our mission is to help new parents learn skills and build support networks to help them meet their own needs as well as the needs of their new infant, both before and after the child’s birth.

UCLA Family Star Clinic at 310-825-7573 or by emailing info@nfrc.ucla.edu

Family-focused therapy is an outpatient therapy for families where one person (child, teen, or young adult) has bipolar disorder or the early signs of bipolar disorder, and has been having trouble staying stable. It can also be used to treat kids with early signs of psychosis. It was developed by David Miklowitz, Ph.D. and his colleagues at UCLA and is now practiced regularly in the Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program (CHAMP).

For more information, please visit our website http://www.semel.ucla.edu/champ or call CHAMP central number: (310) 825-2836

An Individualized Educational Program (IEP) is an individualized program developed through the public schools that provides specialized educational programming, supports, interventions, and/or services for students who qualify through their public school. Eligibility to receive special education services through an IEP is determined through an assessment process and at an IEP meeting.

The process is conducted through the individual public school/school district, it is very important to check with your local public school/district regarding the process as it pertains to your child.

This family of interventions for youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) combines the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA; this is the science of understanding the foundations of learning) and child development to improve a range of areas in a child’s development: communication, social engagement, challenging behaviors, play behaviors, peer interactions, daily living skills, and academic skills.
PCIT helps improve the quality of the parent-child relationship by changing negative parent child interactions. During PCIT sessions, parents receive developmental guidance and real-time coaching in specific skills to help them establish a nurturing and secure relationship with their child, increase positive child and parent behavior (positive reinforcement, routines, effective communication) , and decrease negative child and parent behavior (fighting, yelling, ignoring).

UCLA Family STAR Clinic at 310-825-7573 or email info@nfrc.ucla.edu.

Secret Agent Society is evidence based social skills instructional program for children 8-12 years old. Social skills are taught in a small group (4 to 6 children and 2 experienced clinicians) format. The program includes between session practice with a very appealing computer game.

Please contact Dr. Karin Best at (310) 206-2210 or kbest@mednet.ucla.edu.

A group-based executive function training program at UCLA for individuals who struggle with executive function. Executive functions are brain processes that help us to plan, focus our attention, remember instructions, and multi-task and are key to success in school, jobs, and relationships. Individuals will learn to effectively solve problems, get organized, break down a big project, manage time, use mindfulness, recognize and control emotions, use a planner, make a to-do list, jump start a task, improve sleep habits, and study. Contact thinksmart@ucla.edu for more information

Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an effective short-term psychological treatment for children and adolescents. TF-CBT is most often used with children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties related to a traumatic event such as medical illness, domestic violence, abuse, natural disasters, or traumatic loss.

Contact: UCLA Family STAR Clinic at 310-825-7573 or email info@nfrc.ucla.edu.


The UCLA Child Anxiety Resilience Education and Support (CARES) Center is an innovative center dedicated to supporting the development of resilient, emotionally healthy children. The Center is also focused on training, research, and community outreach to help clinicians, researchers, school staff, and parents recognize the early signs of childhood anxiety and support families in accessing resources to build family strengths and resilience.

Led by members of UCLA’s world-renowned mental health programs, the UCLA CARES Center is developing new and improved strategies to help children, parents, clinicians, and community members better engage with one another to reduce the burden of childhood anxiety.