The mission of Family Service is to strengthen and enrich our diverse community by empowering individuals and families to make positive changes through effective counseling and educational programs.
Family Service was established in 1934 out of a grass roots effort to respond to the community’s needs following the devastating 1933 earthquake. Since that time, Family Service has provided counseling and social services throughout the Greater Long Beach area and surrounding communities. Family Service provides services within four core program areas: Counseling Services, Educational Programs, Chemical Dependency Program, and an Intern Training Program.
Counseling has been the foundation of services at Family Service since 1934. In addition to individual, family, and group counseling offered at Family Service’s three locations, counseling is provided at off site locations including schools in the Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach City College, Brooks College, The Village for their Transitional Age Youth program as well as area businesses.
Family Service offers a variety of support groups that offer a safe environment where people can share their experiences, learn from others, and develop better ways of coping with life’s challenges. These include groups for women, men, children dealing with divorce, and adults with attention deficit disorder, stress, and anxiety. Our educational programs include anger management classes, court-ordered domestic violence classes, and the Hugs N’ Kids parenting classes.
Chemical Dependency Program
Family Service offers effective outpatient programs for individuals with chemical and/or substance use and dependency problems. Our program is staffed by both Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists Registered Interns.
Intern Training Program
Family Service offers a comprehensive internship program to graduate and post-graduate students in Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology, and Social Work. The program helps students develop their skills in various therapeutic approaches, including developmental, psychoanalytical, behavioral, client-centered, cognitive, and other theoretical models. Our internships conform to existing standards by the State of California Board of Behavioral Science examiners and the Board of Medical Quality Assurance’s Psychology Examining Committee.