About our Child Program

Clearwater has developed a DBT-informed child curriculum called CAMMP (Clearwater’s Affect Management and Mindfulness Program for kids) that teaches children some of the DBT skills that are useful in managing strong emotion and learning to direct attention.  Derived from the adolescent materials developed by Alec Miller, and including materials found useful in working with ADHD children, the emphasis is on mindfulness, basic distress tolerance, and age-appropriate social skills (including managing teasing and bullying).

Individual DBT informed therapy is offered for children between the ages of 6 and 10.  We help children apply DBT skills using simplified systems for monitoring behavior change with the goals of helping pre-teens learn about emotion regulation, and  improve control of their attention and behavior.   We use the CAMMP curriculum in the individual therapy to introduce concepts and even do homework that involves practicing skills.

For children in this age group to change in therapy, it is imperative that the parents be involved.  If parents are already getting parenting help from another therapist, we would ask that their therapist coordinate care with Clearwater.  If parents are not involved in therapy that addresses parenting issues elsewhere, we do require that parents participate with a therapist at Clearwater. We offer individualized parent coaching, where parents can meet one-on-one with a therapist and investigate how to effectively apply DBT skills to the particular difficulties they are facing with their child.

Clearwater is not primarily a research institution, and unlike the curriculums that have been developed and researched within academic or hospital settings, our curriculum has not been empirically validated.

Practical Information

Clearwater is located blocks from Kaiser Permanente in Oakland. It has parking available, is on a major bus line, and is within walking distance of the MacArthur BART station. It is only about a 25 minute drive from Walnut Creek, Danville, and other Tri-Valley communities.

NEW CAMMP Class Open for Enrollment

Designed for parents and children between 9-11 years old. Class will meet weekly on Thursdays from 5:00-6:30 pm starting in January 2020. This is an 8-week curriculum. Class format consists of a group child skills training session with a concurrent parent skills training component, meeting in two separate classrooms on-site. Classes will be taught by Dr. Jocelin Saks, Dr. Catherine Shaddix and Caitlin Burnham, MSW. Book an on-line phone consultation on our homepage to get more information and assess your child’s readiness for this class.

Updated: 10/1/2019