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CALM – Child Abuse Listening & Mediation

  • (805) 965-2376
  • 1236 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, USA


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CALM’s mission is to prevent, assess and treat child abuse in Santa Barbara County by providing comprehensive, culturally appropriate services for children, adults and families. Provides parent education, support groups and therapy for children.

CALM Clinical Services
All programs are offered in English and Spanish and are free or on a sliding fee scale. No one is turned away for inability to pay. Clinical hours include weekdays, evenings, and Saturdays.

Postpartum Depression (PPD) Mothers suffering from postpartum depression and/or anxiety are able to access a comprehensive array of services including: individual and/or group therapy, psychiatric evaluation, and case management. Drop-in groups are available in English and Spanish.

Child Abuse Assessment and Treatment program serves children and their families to help them heal from the devastating effects of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Individual, group and family therapy are offered in a culturally sensitive environment.

Family Violence Counseling is offered to children and teens who have witnessed domestic violence. Parents who are victims of domestic violence are also eligible for services. Family, individual and group therapy are available. Groups are in cycles of 13 sessions.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an empirically-supported treatment for young children (2-7 yrs old) that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. In PCIT, parents are taught specific skills to establish a nurturing and secure relationship with their child while increasing their child’s pro-social behavior and decreasing negative behavior. The program helps children between the ages of 2-7 who have behavioral issues and/or where bonding and attachment need to be addressed.

Great Beginnings Home Visitation is a child abuse prevention program designed to promote the health, growth, and development of children ages pre-natal to 5 and their families. Services include developmental screening, parent education and case management. A multi-disciplinary team uses a strength-based approach to provide home and center-based services.

Intensive In-Home Therapy provides individual and family therapy services to children and families enrolled in Santa Barbara County’s Children’s System of Care. Services are provided in a place and at a time convenient for the family. Interventions include: parenting education, stress management, building communication, conflict resolution and anger management skills, creating and implementing behavioral plans, and empowering the family. Therapists are available to provide support and crisis intervention 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Incredible Years Parenting offers evening classes for parents wishing to increase their knowledge of child development and parenting skills. Classes are held in 12-week cycles and satisfy the requirements for CWS and court-mandated parent education. Parents requiring more intensive counseling and education are seen individually or conjointly with their partners and/or their children. Classes are given in English and Spanish.

School-based Prevention is offered for children in the Santa Barbara County school system, who are visited by CALM’s prevention educators on a regular basis during the school year. In the prevention presentations, children are taught how to keep themselves safe from abduction and abuse. Internet safety and the negative effects of cyber-bullying are also taught as part of the prevention program.

Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) provides medical exams and forensic interviews for children when sexual abuse is alleged, as well as emotional support to family members. Collaboration among team members ensures that the victim is not subjected to repeated examinations and interviews, and contributes to forensically sound evidence.

Helping Others in Parenting Environments (HOPE) was developed in recognition of the trauma experienced by children who enter the foster care system. HOPE is an array of intensive in-home services available to children and parents in foster home and extended family home placements. The HOPE program combines skill-based intervention with maximum flexibility so that services are available to families and foster homes according to their unique needs.

Adults Molested as Children (AMAC) provides group treatment for adults who were sexually molested in childhood or adolescence. Groups are offered for both men and women. All clients in group must also be in individual therapy at CALM or elsewhere.

Offender Treatment is part of CALM’s mission to prevent child abuse. CALM provides treatment for adults convicted of and juveniles adjudicated for sexual offenses against children. CALM collaborates closely with SB County Probation, the District Attorney’s office and SART in these cases.

Infant Parent Psychotherapy (IPP) treats problems in the infant-parent relationship, prevents child abuse and disorganized attachment, and facilitates optimal infant growth and development. The program promotes secure attachment by strengthening the capacity of both parents and by activating their support networks to ensure that children live in stable and nurturing family environments.

SPIRIT is a family centered, community oriented, highly individualized, wrap around strategy, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, designed to help families facing serious challenges find solutions to keep children and teens safely in their home, be successful in school and function well in the community.

Sober Women Healthy Families (SWHF) is a collaborative program in which one of our therapists works full time in the Good Samaritan Residential Drug and Alcohol Treatment Facility in Lompoc. Her clients are children who reside in the facility with their mothers. She provides individual therapy, parenting education, and family therapy to assist with parenting skills, behavioral issues, conflict resolution, trauma and neglect.


CALM volunteers make a vital difference in accomplishing our mission. Whether you serve as a child care giver, provide transportation, help out with special events, or provide administrative support, you are the heart and soul of CALM’s mission.

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