Milestones

In Harmonium’s nearly 40 year history, we have continuously expanded our services to include

  • Since 1975, Harmonium has been providing services that promote well-being in children, youth and families through education, prevention and intervention services.
  • Annually serve over 30,000 residents throughout San Diego County.
  • Pioneered and established the Klassic Kids after-school child care program to be operated on school grounds following a request from the local Jr. Women’s League in the 1980’s.
  • Provided after school enrichment programs in over 60 Central & North San Diego County elementary and middle schools.
  • Presently the largest PrimeTime / “6 to 6” provider in San Diego.
  • Klassic Kids licensed child care is fully inclusive of children with special needs, access to one on one inclusion facilitators.
  • In 2006, Harmonium entered into innovative partnerships with Baker and Balboa Elementary schools to provide the first onsite teacher & staff child care centers resulting in staff retention and educational continuity for the students served in the Southeastern communities of San Diego.
  • Actively participated in the county mental health system reform effort to improve coordination of services for children, youth, and families.
  • Implemented the wrap-around philosophy of coordinated and holistic services prior the county’s formal implementation.
  • Among the first agencies in San Diego County to provide a Parent Partner program;trained parents provide support to parents of children faced with mental health challenges. This program was transformed in 2010 to provide Family & Youth Partners who support clients referred by the County Southeast Mental Health Clinic;  linking them with resources to navigate their lives and achieve their mental health and other goals.
  • Early Mental Health Initiative (EMHI) Trainer for all staff at the San Diego Unified School District.
  • Leading trainer of Mental Health Interns in San Diego County, training approximately twenty (20) interns each year.
  • Counseling Division provides public educational information on well-being through regular appearances on KUSI, KTLA’s Morning Show, CW’s San Diego Living and various FOX interviews.
  • Provide internal and external (local & state-wide) trainings to advance cultural competence practice.
  • Over the past 3 years, more than 500 Volunteers for Harmonium have participated in 29 group projects and individualized site specific assistance supporting the children, youth and families served by Harmonium.
  • Harmonium has a published therapy model named after the agency. “The Harmonium Project: A Macrosystemic Approach to Empowering Adolescents” was written by Chief Clinical Director Larry Laveman, LCSW, BCD and published in the Journal of Mental Health Counseling (Vol. 22, No. 1, January 2000). It’s an integrative strength-based model that combines the wraparound approach with solution-focused psychotherapy and systems theory for at-risk adolescents.
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