The Violence and Intervention Prevention (VIP) Program is a multi-dimensional program designed to address gang and violence issues as they arise and teach anti-violence skills and pro-social skills. Children identified with gang violence histories are provided individual and group rehabilitation services to address the social and emotional issues related to the anti-social, violent and criminal facets of gang involvement.
This program, working with children who want out of gangs or to decrease involvement in the unhealthy aspects of gang involvement, is provided in the group homes and to the communities and school surrounding the group homes. Activities and services provided include, but are not limited to, individual counseling to children, educational groups, crisis intervention in gang conflicts in the group homes and the community, facilitation of tattoo removal, tagging and graffiti identification and analysis, participation in community graffiti removal and identification of gang related contraband, and training to parents, staff and the community.
DBT is integrated with Violence Intervention & Prevention (VIP) to address violence associated with gang affiliation, domestic violence and pro-social values development,and Independent Living Skills for children who need combined services.One of the essential underpinnings of the model of treatment is that learning new skills requires extensive practice in a variety of settings and that the skills need to be generalized into the clients “real life arenas".