Occupational Therapy Training Program (OTTP-SF) is a non-profit organization
based in San Francisco serving bay area youth.
To provide youth increased opportunities for personal, educational and vocational success.
wELCOME TO OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY TRAINING PROGRAM SF
who we serve
OTTP-SF serves the most vulnerable at-risk youth, ages 5-24, who reside in the San Francisco Bay Area. Barriers faced by our youth may include the following:
Mental health challenges
Learning, social, and/or emotional disabilities
Special education status
On probation or detained
Pregnant or parenting
Placement in foster care system
Youth build skills necessary for optimal performance in school, vocational, home, and community settings.
Youth are empowered to maximize their potential to achieve personal, educational and vocational goals.
We provide client-centered, strengths-based and customized care.
While each program features a different emphasis and offers a unique spectrum of services,
the OTTP approach includes:
Finding and facilitating opportunities to cultivate each youth’s strengths
Identifying and honoring their interests and priorities
Facilitating utilization of community resources that match strengths and interests
Approaching each youth holistically
Empowering youth to select treatment options
Providing Trauma-Informed Care
Addressing social skills, healthy decision-making, problem-solving, healthy risk-taking, effective communication, vocational skills and experience, educational pursuits
We invite each youth to bring all of themselves to each session
Screenings, assessments, and Individual
or group interventions
Vocational assessments, job readiness, skill building and job referrals & placement
Supporting transition aged youth as they navigate next steps after turning 18.
Our umbrella organization, Special Service for Groups (SSG) began during World War II as a result of the Los Angeles “zoot suit riots.” Brewing civil unrest during that time resulted in American sailors attacking Mexican American youth on the streets of Los Angeles, causing a national outrage. To address the issue, the Community Chest (now known as the United Way) formed a ‘special services unit’ to attend to the youth’s recreational and social needs. In 1952, after eight years of operating programs for teenagers, Special Service for Groups incorporated. SSG’s first years offered outreach services to many minority gangs in Los Angeles, operating the most intensive gang counseling program in the United States at the time.
During the 1960′s, SSG began to expand to address other social problems through programs in areas such as job training and placement, education, housing, and political action and advocacy.
In 1975, the Occupational Therapy Training Program (OTTP) in LA was developed by a master’s level occupational therapy student from the University of Southern California who conducted her thesis project with youth on probation residing in local group homes and enrolled in a community court school. The project that she developed focused on the development of pre-vocational skills and healthy copings skills. Youth achieved such positive outcomes that the program was embraced under the umbrella of SSG, and soon thereafter was funded through the Department of Labor.
Since its inception in 1975, OTTP’s unique, culturally competent, community based model has integrated the evidence based practice of cognitive-behavioral therapy and occupational therapy in producing positive outcomes for youth at-risk of, or currently in the juvenile justice system. The ultimate goal of our program is to decrease risk behaviors by engaging youth in meaningful, purposeful activities that result in positive future orientation and goal fulfillment. OTTP’s model is based on the social development model (SDM), which expands upon Hirschi’s (1969) social control theory hypothesizing that delinquent behavior is prevented by high levels of social bonding to conventional others. In keeping with its roots in the profession of occupational therapy (OT), OTTP has combined the SDM with two well-respected models in the field of OT, Cognitive-Behavioral Model and Gary Kielhofner’s Model of Human Occupations (MOHO). These models emphasize the importance of competence in occupational performances (collectively known as occupation) of school/work, play/leisure/recreation and activities of daily living. OTTP draws upon these models to develop comprehensive and effective interventions for our clients.
OTTP-SF was started in 1999 by an occupational therapist from OTTP-LA, Colleen Devine, who continues to serve as the Division Director.
San Francisco Department of Public Health
Department of Children Youth & Families
Various Foundations & Individual Donors