Oakland Youth First has invested resources to train our staff to address the prevailing overwhelming trauma experienced by our reentry and local populations in West Oakland related to gun and domestic violence.  OYF/Scotlan Center has invested resources to train our staff in evidenced base nationally recognized based practices that use innovated processes and theory that deliver maximum results in as brief period as possible.  OYF pursued this training because we are the front line “social paramedics”, who job is to stop the emotional bleeding and psycho-social wounds of at-risk youth & adults.

Case Management

Case management is a collaborative process that assesses, plans, implements, coordinates, monitors, and evaluates the options and services required to meet the client's health and human service needs͘ It is characterized by advocacy, communication, and resource management and promotes quality and cost-effective interventions and outcomes͘

Life Stress Reduction (LSR)

Life Stress Reduction is a full program which makes use of a broad array of techniques, each designed to approach an issue, to remove emotional pain, resistance and confusion from that issue, and to bring one to a place of greater clarity and ease in relation to that issue͘

Life Stress Reduction Program is tailored to meet the needs of a particular viewer (client)͘,  It starts with an interview to gather information about the issues and areas of life that the client wishes to address and improve͘ The facilitator uses the information from the interview to design a case plan - the Life Stress Reduction Program - to suit what the viewer hopes to achieve during Life Stress Reduction͘

Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR)

TIR is a rapid (compared to traditional therapy) method of effectively reducing traumatic stress from emotionally and/or physically painful events in the past͘ It involves re-experiencing past traumas in a completely safe environment, free of distractions, judgments, or interpretations.  In the great majority of cases, TIR correctly applied results in the complete and permanent eliminaton of PTSD symptomatology͘. It also provides valuable insights, which the viewer (or client)arrives at quite spontaneously, without any prompting from the facilitator (practitoner) and hence can ΗownΗ entirely as his/her own͘ By providing a means for completely confronting a painful incident, TIR can and does deliver relief from the negative effects, enabling the person to move on͘ The resolution of past traumaitc incidents can bring about a greatly improved quality of life͘ Because of this, Traumatic Incident Reduction is often included in a Life Stress  Reduction Program