Through an intense clinical intervention program children receive daily group cognitive-behavioral and behavioral training directed by the highly trained staff. The training focuses on self-regulation, the management of anger, anxiety, frustration, and compliance, as well as social pragmatics, relational skills and social reciprocity. In addition to this daily hour of social skills training, specific goals are ascribed into the school day, by a team of specifically trained paraprofessionals and teachers. During the classroom-based educational component, staff members implement a token economy system for up to 16 children. Each classroom is managed by one classroom teacher-counselor and two behavior specialists, specially trained in implementing behavioral strategies, and cognitive-behavioral intervention under the supervision of the professional academic and clinical staff.
Children attend group psychological intervention for 1 hour each day. This specially adapted school-based intervention model program developed at UC Irvine is theoretically based in cognitive-behavioral strategies and supported with applied behavior modification techniques. The UCI School-Based Socials Skills intervention model is specifically designed to meet the needs of children with behavioral challenges that are preventing them from accessing education and curriculum in a less restrictive setting. In addition, parents are required to attend weekly multiple-family group format therapy where they practice these strategies in-vivo with the patients. The therapeutic program is led by a team of licensed mental health professionals and/or registered Interns who implement the therapy for the children and their families.