The primary goal of the program is to promote emotional wellness of youth by taking a holistic view of their life situation, which encourages participation and education for them and their families. ASPIRE provides a validating, supportive environment for youth to gain healthy behaviors and learn how to manage their feelings, emotions and personal interactions with others.
A Unique ApproachASPIRE at El Camino Hospital offers uniquely structured treatment for young people with mental health conditions by providing:
- An after-school structure. The stress after a long day of school and lack of supervision can make this a high-risk time when youth are more likely to make poor choices. ASPIRE provides structure and training during this time, when they’re most vulnerable. An after-school format offers treatment that doesn’t impede on their lives.
- Focus on hope, not mental illness. Although ASPIRE is appropriate for youth with serious mental health conditions, the focus of the program is to offer solutions and provide hope. A psychiatrist who specializes in child-adolescent behavior provides assessment, diagnosis and program leadership, and our mental health specialists work hard to create a positive learning environment.
- Development of life skills. ASPIRE helps adolescents gain practical coping strategies through dialectical behavioral therapy and expressive arts. The program includes individual therapy, group sessions and activities that allow them to practice what they’ve learned in a supportive environment — and allows family members to learn and take part in therapy and learning.
What to Expect
|Middle School Program (Grades 6th - 8th)||High School Program (Grades 9th - 12th)|
|Program Length||12 weeks||8 weeks|
|Days and Time||3 – 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays||3 – 6 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays|
|Locations(s)||2660 Grant Road, Mountain View||2660 Grant Road, Mountain View
825 Pollard Road, Los Gatos
|Example daily schedule (Those who arrive early will get a snack prior to starting the afternoon program. There are 15-minute breaks between activities.)||2:30 p.m. – Doctor visits and family meetings (as scheduled)
3 p.m. – Mindfulness
3:20 p.m. - Skills group
4:15 p.m. – Break
4:30 p.m. – Expressive arts and recreation
5:30 p.m. – Multi-family group
6 p.m. – Program concludes
|3 p.m. – Mindfulness
4 p.m. – Expressive arts
5 p.m. – Skills group (skills group for parents on Mondays and Thursdays)
6 p.m. – Program concludes
Is ASPIRE Right for Your Child?Is your child is showing signs of depression, anxiety or another mental health condition? He or she may benefit from ASPIRE. The first step is to schedule a free assessment. Call us at 650-988-8468 or 866-789-6089.
Learn more about ASPIRE by reading frequently asked questions about the program.
Talk to Someone
Inquire about services or get a physician referral. Our call-back and chat services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Mental Health Assessment
Insurance & Fees
We’ll work with your insurance company to assure that services can be covered. Your insurance plan may require a share of cost. Teens with no insurance may be eligible through the hospital’s financial assistance program.