Almaden Valley Counseling Service, Inc.

Working to Promote Emotional Well-Being

aka AVCS   |   San Jose, CA   |  www.avcounseling.org

Mission

Almaden Valley Counseling Services envisions a community where everyone has access to affordable mental health counseling. AVCS is a community based non-profit counseling agency committed to meeting the mental health concerns of all ages with an emphasis on youth. AVCS offers a full range of counseling services which support and promote personal growth, positive family relationships and emotional well being.

Ruling year info

1981

Executive Director

Ms. Michelle Humke LMFT

Main address

6529 Crown Blvd Ste D

San Jose, CA 95120 USA

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EIN

94-2775534

NTEE code info

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

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Community Based Counseling Clinic

AVCS has utilized a sliding scale Counseling Clinic that serves ALL ages from age 3 to age 103 for almost 40 years in Santa Clara County. Open to the public, we often bring over children and families from our school sites that are in crisis. Our sliding scale fees for children and families go as low as $5 per visit. The Economy has affected housing prices and stocks and retirement plans have lost value. All of this translates into stress for families, couples, individuals, older adults, teens, adolescents and children. Families that are dealing with economic stress, divorce, health issues and other stressors, are often embroiled in escalating emotions that can lead to physical violence, destructive behavior and vengeful acts. We believe that providing support to communities at a location that is easily assessable and without stigma - their child’s school site or in our family friendly clinic in South San Jose – enables us to reach a wider base of different socioeconomic levels and diverse backgrounds in order to provide education and support at affordable and low rates to children & families.

Population(s) Served

Counselor on Campus program includes on-site counseling at 37 public school campuses in 5 school districts and 2 private catholic schools at no cost to the students or their families. In 2017, we provided services to over 2,000 individuals from our school sites and provided more than 550 hours per week of onsite school counseling. We are focused on promoting personal growth, positive family relationships and emotional well-being for kids and families. This program teaches methods that help students learn and practice vital social skills, such as empathy, emotion management, problem solving and cooperation. Counselors also teach Skills for Social and Academic Success. The children’s social skills groups topics include: Bullying-both Targets and Perpetrators, Anger Management, Empathy, Impulse Control and Problem Solving, Cliques and Gossips, Making A Friend, Self-Esteem, Body and Self-Image and Bystander Power. These topics are presented and discussed at an age appropriate level.

Population(s) Served

Our Parent Education Program provides both Positive Parenting and Cooperative Parenting and Divorce classes for high risk families. AVCS provides Parenting and Cooperative-parenting Education for cases referred from Santa Clara and other local Family Court Services Programs. These classes and education are also a valuable resource to families in transitions and AVCS get many cases from individuals directly from access to our web site. We also know from over 25 years of providing family court approved parenting and co-parenting classes that strengthening the family unit by giving parents resources to improve the family system has the added benefit of improving our community as a whole by keeping parents out of court and keeping their children out of the middle of their conflicts. It appears the most significant presenting non-mental health issues in rank order relate to family and divorce relationships, self-esteem and anger management. There is some seasonality where family/divorce relationship issues cluster between January and April.

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Almaden Valley Counseling Service, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Caryn Fabian

Caryn Fabian Attorney @ Law

Term: 2011 -


Board co-chair

Keri Landrum

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Term: 2007 -

Chand Trehan

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Caryn Fabian

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Karen Frederick

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Rona Layton

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Kathryn Knudsen

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