Outreach and
Engagement

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Outreach and
EngagementThinking, Feeling,
Being Well

The Priority Center’s Outreach and Engagement Program (O&E) is dedicated to providing educational and skills-building presentations, including topics such as growth and development, bullying, anger and stress management, healthy communications and healthy relationships to support emotional and social well-being. These services and presentations reach the underserved populations of at-risk children, adults, and seniors in the Central Region of Orange County. All services are complimentary. We provide mental health outreach including short-term case management, individual skill-building sessions, mental health screenings, educational workshops, support groups, short-term mental health counseling, and linkage to resources in the community.

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

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:

  • Bullying and Self-Esteem: 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 and help empower others.
  • Signs of Mental Illness and Stigma Reduction: Promotes positive mental health using an action plan and identifies symptoms of common brain disorders. Introduces cultural and social causes of stigma and promotes empathy and empowerment.
  • Substance Abuse: Provides an overview of basic phases of substance use, abuse, and dependence, and its effects on mental health.
  • Communication: Offers communication tips for talking to youth as well as adults, describes how to use guiding questions and “you” versus “I” statements. Emphasizes healthy communication tips.
  • Understanding Your Child’s Behavior: Examines different temperament traits, provides suggestions for fostering sibling relationships, and presents a brief overview of ages and developmental stages.
  • Choosing Healthy Relationships: Identifies signs and behaviors related to, and the common myths associated with, dating abuse. Interactive scenarios are presented and resources are provided.
  • Healthy Media Boundaries: Focuses on setting boundaries for media usage and understanding the impact media has on youth. Introduces topics of cyberbullying and harassment while providing tips to avoid victimization.
  • Anger Management: Explores causes of anger and the effect of anger on mental health and well-being. Emphasizes various techniques for achieving anger management.
  • Stress Management and Self-Care: Explores stress and the effect of stress on well-being. Emphasizes stress management techniques.
  • Time Management: Provides an overview on the importance of time management and provides strategies on time management.
  • Suicide Prevention/Awareness: Identifies signs and risk factors associated with self -harm, provides support and strategies.
  • Conflict Resolution: Provides techniques on how to manage disagreements, find better ways to communicate and develop empathy.
  • Healthy Marriage: Provides an overview of a healthy marriage and techniques for addressing marital conflicts.
  • Nutrition and Well-Being: Provides information and strategies on healthy eating and other health related topics.
  • Senior Series: Provides information on fall prevention and healthy aging strategies.

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]