The Ajani Program serves African American families who live in low-income communities, suffer from mental illness, and/or are impacted by racism. Ajani helps build strong families by providing them with an understanding of how healthy families function. The Program empowers its clients, encouraging them to develop leadership skills, community and collective responsibility, and to serve as mentors for others.
Focused interventions include using Afrocentric evidence-based treatments. Afrocentric means utilizing the history, culture, philosophy and collective experience of African people as the frame of reference for providing treatment. The purpose of the afro-centrist model is to allow for a comprehensive cultural based assessment of African American/Black families to better address the integration of a culturally competent model of care. This model is a culturally specific strengths-based model based on the principals of adaptive family functioning for the African American family.
The Westside Teen Clinic focuses on the development of mental health habits—including coping, resilience and good judgment— to help adolescents achieve overall well-being and set the stage for positive mental health in adulthood. Although mood swings are common during adolescence, approximately one in five adolescents has a diagnosable mental disorder, such as depression and/or “acting out” conditions that can include extremely defiant behavior.