Edgewood's Therapeutic Behavioral Services

July 17, 2017

Edgewood's Therapeutic Behavioral Services

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Children with mental health issues benefit from the familiarity and support of their family network. The escalation of behavioral health issues, however, may leave kids at risk of a traumatic hospitalization or even the loss of their home placement. As one of the last measures that can be taken before hospitalization and the loss of home placement, Edgewood’s Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS) focuses on helping children (ages 3-21) with behavioral health problems while emphasizing a child’s strengths. TBS coaches teach coping skills and help youth build self-esteem and empathy through individual coaching. The program serves individuals in San Francisco and San Mateo counties and even provides support to caregivers in creating and implementing individual plans for their children. So how does it work?

TBS is centered on behaviors. When a youth is referred to TBS, usually by a therapist or case manager, it is often because they possess a set of disruptive and/or harmful behaviors that their family, guardians, and peers do not understand how to manage. In order to reduce or eliminate these behaviors, TBS staff will not only coach youth in coping and managing, but also engage their teachers, parents, and community to teach better behavioral management skills.

TBS is short and intensive. Services typically last between 6 – 9 months and will typically involve at least 4 hours of services a week. In alignment with Edgewood’s community-centered approach, support is provided in-home, where the TBS Coach can gain a deep understanding of the child’s living situation. 

TBS is specific to the child. With each new case comes a new set of behaviors motivated by different needs. Approaching these unique challenges requires a creative, individualized approach. Fortunately, our staff are highly trained in developing tools and skills for each youth, and also in teaching these skills in ways that appeal to their audience. For example, in one case where a youth with low self-esteem had an interest in robotics, they created the ‘positive self-esteem machine’ to teach positive self-esteem in an interesting way.

TBS is successful! In 2016, Edgewood’s TBS services guided 89% of all cases to a successful graduation from the program.

Children can be referred for TBS by their therapist. Parents, caregivers, foster parents, social workers, probation officers, and mental health providers can ask for TBS services. For more information, you can contact TBS Manager Angela Buelow at AngelaB@Edgewood.org. 


Edgewood provides services for a full spectrum of behavioral health issues. Learn more about all of our services here.

You can help support Edgewood's TBS department with a one-time gift, or, set up a recurring gift to provide ongoing help all year round!


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