Outreach and
Engagement

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Outreach and
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The Priority Center’s Outreach and Engagement (TPC O&E) program is a Prevention and Early Intervention Program designed to reach people of all ages who are not yet receiving care, need additional support, and experience mild to moderate behavioral health conditions. TPC O&E is community-based, mostly provided in the home, in outdoor places that provide privacy of interaction and in schools, to ensure that services are accessible to all community members; however, due to COVID-19, most of our services became virtual for the safety of our community and ease of accessibility.

TPC O&E provides short-term counseling, case management, individual skill building, mental health screenings, educational workshops on topics of mental health, outreach, as well as referrals and linkages to resources in the community, all at NO COST.

Cities currently served: Costa Mesa/ Fountain Valley/Garden Grove/ Huntington Beach/Orange/Santa Ana/Villa Park/Midway City

  • Children
  • Transitional age youth
  • Adults and Seniors
  • Participants from social services or the juvenile system
  • Persons on probation
  • Monolingual non-English speakers
  • Recent immigrants
  • Refugees
  • Homeless individuals
  • Deaf and hard of hearing/other disabilities
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex (LGBTQIA)
  • Veterans and military connected families

Services Offered: 

  • Short-Term Case Management in-home & virtual visits: Comprehensive needs assessment, 1:1 skill building, and connection to resources to improve emotional well-being and access to long-term services.
  • Short-Term Counseling in-home & virtual visits: Comprehensive mental health assessment, counseling and brief therapy to identify risks and work on solutions to promote a healthy lifestyle.
  • Mental Health Screenings: Screening questionnaires that enable participants to obtain own scoring on Depression and/or Anxiety (conducted in-home, at outreach events and libraries).
  • Educational Workshops: Topics include emotional and social well-being, growth and development, life skills, anger and stress management, healthy communication and healthy relationships.
  • 1:1 Skill Building Sessions: Topics include Emotional and social well-being, growth and development, life skills, anger and stress management, healthy communication, and healthy relationships (30 minute sessions scheduled in the home, library, or at a nearby public place).
  • Support Groups: Provide support and encouragement from peers to cope with challenges and enable resilience (currently not offered due to low demand from participants).

Current educational workshops and 1:1 skill building session topics:

For community members, professionals + youth:

1)      A Journey Together: How to Have a Long-Term Relationship: Provides an overview of what constitutes a healthy long-term relationship, its stages, love languages, current trends, and techniques for addressing relationship conflicts.

2)      Eat Your Way to Better Mental Health: Provides information and strategies on healthy eating, reviews nutrition myths, the importance of exercise and the health effects of overall well-being in relation to mental health.

3)      Embracing Healthy Aging: Provides information on healthy aging coping strategies, fall prevention, depression signs and how to stay connected.

4)      Get Out of Your Stress Mess: Explores stress, its symptoms, and the effects of stress on well-being/mental health. Emphasizes current stressors due to the pandemic and stress management/self-care techniques.

5)      How to Manage Your Time and Not Let Time Manage You: Provides strategies on time management and self-care in daily life, issues that affect productivity during the pandemic, and reviews how to minimize distractions.

6)      It’s Ok NOT to Be Ok: Minorities and Stigma: Provides an overview of the disparities experienced by minorities in the US, the stigma associated with reaching out for mental health support, as well as ways to help. Resources are provided for coping, empowerment, and education.

7)      Know the Warning Signs: Briefly identifies signs, risk factors, and statistics associated with self -harm and suicidal thoughts. Provides support strategies, safety planning tips and resources.

8)      Mental Health Matters-Understanding Mental Illness: Promotes positive mental health using an action plan and identifies symptoms of mental illness. Introduces cultural and social causes of stigma and promotes empathy and empowerment.

9)      Mindfulness in Daily Life: Explores mindfulness meditation, body scanning, self-compassion and self-care tips to relieve stress, negative thoughts and grief.

10)   Say What You Mean Without Being Mean: Healthy Communication: Offers communication tips for talking to youth as well as adults, reviews communication styles and verbal/non-verbal communication, healthy and unhealthy ways to manage disagreements, and describes “I” statements. Emphasizes fair-fighting rules, negotiation, and empathy.

11)   Signs and Symptoms of Common Mental Health Disorders: Reviews common mental health disorders such as Depressive, Anxiety, Autism-Spectrum Disorder, Trauma and Stressor-related disorders, ways to seek help as well as resources for treatment.

12)   Substance Use and its Effects on Mental Health: Provides an overview on the most common types of substances used, their effects on mental health, reasons for using drugs, and the cycle of addiction. It reviews coping tips as well as resources for support and treatment.

13)   The Complexity of Grief: How to Cope: Provides an overview on bereavement myths, stages of grief, and how to recognize signs of grief in children and teenagers. It reviews coping tips for all ages, how to recognize signs of suicidality after a loss, when to seek help, how to support, and what resources are available.

14)   The Tip of the Iceberg: How to Deal with Anger: Explores causes of anger and the effects of anger on mental health and well-being. Reviews myths and emphasizes various techniques for recognizing triggers and achieving healthy communication of feelings/emotions when triggered.

15)   Trauma and Resiliency: Covers the definition of trauma, and reviews how it affects the brain. Reviews PTSD, complex trauma, developmental trauma and vicarious trauma (for professionals). Strategies for support, coping tips, and resources are provided.

16)   You, Me and We: Getting to Healthy Relationships: Identifies the difference between a healthy versus unhealthy relationship, dating and intimate partner violence, the cycle of abuse and domestic violence. Reviews why victims may not feel safe to leave the relationship, the importance of non-judgmental support, and self-compassion. Provides tips to build a safety plan and reviews resources available.

Specific to youth ages 9-17:

17)   Navigating Social Media: Provides insight into social media networks, “finstas,” parasocial relationships, risks, as well as permanence of messages and information posted. Also touches on cyberbullying and harassment to promote better behavior and prevent victimization.  

18)   Sticks and Stones: How to Handle Bullying: Explores the definitions of bullying and highlights intervention techniques for working with victims, bystanders, and bullies. Explains what self-esteem is and how we can improve our own self-esteem, support, and help empower others.

19)   Your First Job: Basic Skills 101: Provides a brief overview on some basic job search skills, an overview on resume building, important interviewing skills as well as stress management tips for those applying for the first time for a job.

Specific to parents/caregivers:

20)   Social Media-What to Know to Protect your Kids: Focuses on setting boundaries for media usage and understanding the impact media has on youth. Introduces the most used social media networks, cyberbullying, parasocial relationships, and harassment while providing tips and resources for parents and caregivers.

21)   Understanding Your Child’s Behavior 0-5 years old: Presents an overview on ages and developmental stages. Examines different temperament traits, provides suggestions for fostering sibling relationships, healthy parenting, bonding tips as well as positive consequences.

22)   Understanding Your Child’s Behavior 6-18 years old: Presents an overview on ages and developmental stages, including puberty. Provides suggestions for good development, positive consequences, as well as healthy parenting and conversation tips.

23)   When “I Do” Becomes “I Don’t”: Coping with Separation and Divorce: Focuses on the common reasons why couples separate and divorce, the impact on children, common problems in co-parenting, and how to minimize conflict. Covers current statistics regarding divorce in the US, and strategies for support.

Contact Us

Call us to get more information on our services, Monday through Friday, 9AM-5PM.
Messages will be returned during the following business day.

Toll Free Info Line: 1-888-955-6570
Email: [email protected]