The EMPWR (“empower”) Program is a joint initiative of the UCLA Division of Child Psychiatry and the UCLA Division of Population Behavioral Health designed to promote well-being and resilience in LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) children, teenagers, and young adults.
The EMPWR Program offers psychotherapeutic services based on the most up-to-date research and literature to ensure the most effective clinical interventions are being delivered to clients.
Therapeutic interventions offered are variations of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and include:
Comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and medication management services are also available through the program.
EMPWR offers a Teen Resilience Group designed for teens 12 to 17 who identify as LGBTQ. Informed by CBT, the Resilience Group teaches adolescents tangible skills to manage stress and boost resilience through improved self-care, problem solving, and communication.
Family, caregiver, and parent support and therapy are also available through the program.
EMPWR is located in the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at 760 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095.
Yes, the EMPWR team is dedicated to connecting youth and families with the resources they need. We are always happy to discuss any challenges you might be having and provide relevant referrals as needed to resources at UCLA Health and in the surrounding community.
Referrals are not required to receive services through the EMPWR Program (unless required by insurance).
Yes, most insurance is accepted for clinical services through EMPWR. Our policies are consistent with UCLA Health and can be found here: www.uclahealth.org/health-plans.
Some scholarships are available for participation in our LGBTQ Teen Resilience Group. Please contact EMPWR@mednet.ucla.edu for more information.
Referrals are not required to participate in the EMPWR Program (unless required by insurance). Parents/caregivers can contact the program directly to inquire about services.
Yes, parking is available across the street from the Semel Institute at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. For information on University parking, please visit www.uclahealth.org/directions-parking.
Parking can also be found in Westwood at a number of paid and city lots as well as at street meters.
You can reach our team by emailing EMPWR@mednet.ucla.edu.
Yes, we are able to provide training for community organizations, parent groups, and professionals. Please contact us at EMPWR@mednet.ucla.edu for more information.
A training rotation is currently available for child psychiatry fellows, psychology interns and post-doctoral psychology fellows. Additional opportunities are available for MSW students, medical students, and medicine/pediatrics residents. For more information, visit our Training Opportunities page. You can reach our team by emailing EMPWR@mednet.ucla.edu.