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Pathways

Pathways Counseling Center

Mental health is vital to the success and well-being of girls—as well as boys and families. Since 1973, Girls Inc.’s Pathways Counseling Center has been providing high-quality mental health services, as well as supporting mental health access across Alameda County, so that all children and families get the services they need to heal and thrive.

The Need

4/5

Youth from low-income urban neighborhoods have experienced one or more traumatic events

1/3

Girls and Women have experienced some form of interpersonal or sexual violence

1.5X

Children of color are nearly 1.5x less likely to receive mental health services

Our Approach

Pathways works to promote access to quality mental health care on three levels. We work on the individual level by providing effective and evidence-based services to children and families at low or no cost. We work on the organizational level by supporting youth-serving adults to recognize and respond to mental health challenges—and refer when needed. And we work on the community level, helping local clinicians remain current on pressing mental health topics pertaining to children and families, and training the next generation of community therapists.

Services

Individual

Bilingual Mental Health Therapy and Case Management

Pathways supports the well-being of Alameda County children (girls and boys), families and adults with comprehensive, evidence-based therapy and case management at accessible locations, like local schools. Approaches include Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a nationally recognized best practice for treating those who have experienced trauma.

If you or your family would like to learn more about Pathways’ services, please call our main number at (510) 357-5515. You will be connected with one of our clinicians.

Organizational

Consultation for Youth-Serving Adults

Pathways builds family-friendly access points to mental health care by increasing the number of Alameda County adults who can recognize and respond to mental health challenges, and refer to more intensive services when needed. Consultation is provided for youth-serving professionals including the teachers, school administrators, and youth development staff who are often “first responders” when children experience symptoms.

Community

Clinical Internship Program

Pathways trains the next generation of community therapists through our clinical internship program for masters and doctoral level students. By integrating best practices and clinical theory with real-world applications, our interns gain skills to provide evidence-based, culturally responsive services in our community. Learn More and Apply.

Training

Pathways equips mental health professionals throughout Alameda County with relevant, timely information to support their work with children and families. Through leadership of the Community Mental Health Training Consortium, we provide consistent, high-quality trainings promoting county-wide development of the quality services our children and families deserve.

Who We Serve

600

Children & Families

2,000

Youth-serving adult allies

400

Community mental health clinicians

Our Impact

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92% of Pathways clients say they would refer a friend or family member to Pathways based on their experience

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90% of school professionals strongly agree having a Pathways clinician available to address mental health questions is a useful resource

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100% of clinicians attending Pathways’ Community Mental Health Training Consortium trainings reported the trainings were professionally relevant and expanded their knowledge

Where We Work

OAKLAND

  • Girls Inc. Simpson Center for Girls
  • Oakland Unified School District’s Alternative Education Program

SAN LEANDRO

  • Garfield Elementary School
  • Jefferson Elementary School
  • John Muir Middle School
  • Lincoln High School
  • Lighthouse Independent Study Program
  • Pathways Counseling Center
  • Roosevelt Elementary School

“Outside of the Pathways counselor, there are no consistent mental health services offered to students on this campus.”

— Local School Administrator