ASPIRE | El Camino Hospital



After-School Program Interventions and Resiliency Education (ASPIRE) at El Camino Hospital is designed to help youth and adolescents with anxiety, depression or other symptoms related to a mental health condition.

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 Approach

ASPIRE 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.
Because they will learn and apply a set of specific skills, we ask for a commitment of three afternoons a week for twelve continuous weeks for our middle school program, and four afternoons a week for eight continuous weeks for our high school program. Enrollment into the program is continuous and participants may begin their program at anytime. Once the program has been completed, they can continue to attend one session a week to further develop skills and prevent relapse. There's no time limit on the once-per-week sessions.

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

Find out if this program is right for you or someone you know. Call 650-988-8468 or 866-789-6089 to schedule a free, confidential 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.

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