Pam Hawkins is employed with the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS), Child and Family Services Unit. She is currently a Senior Associate working to help develop the organizational capacity to assist county mental health departments and other local system programs to understand, develop, and implement values-driven Evidence-Based Practices (EBP). Pam is a seasoned trainer and facilitator focusing on systems change for children and families in need of services, leadership, multicultural competence, and parent-professional teaming and collaboration.
Prior to her work at CIBHS, and with 30 years of work in the mental health field, she was the Advocacy Program Director for United Advocates for Children of California. Pam led the agency’s efforts in the public policy arena by researching mental health policy, procedures, programs, organizational structures, existing and proposed legislation and state regulations, and analyzed data to formulate recommendations for family members. She participated in the development and implementation of educational curriculum for family members and provided statewide training and technical assistance to providers, family members, county administrators, and advocates. Pam also successfully developed and implemented a large family advocacy program in Sacramento County that included family members at every level of the system. Pam holds a B.A. from Chapman University with a major emphasis in Organizational Leadership and a minor in Psychology.
Pam has been a major innovator and pioneer in the development, implementation, and sustainability of the family movement in California. She is nationally recognized as a leading authority on innovative development and implementation of family programs and advocacy organizations for family members. Pam gained her skills as an activist parent while raising two daughters, one of whom lives with bipolar disorder.
Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is an empirically grounded, well-documented and highly successful family intervention program for at risk and delinquent youth who are 11–18 years of age. FFT has been applied to a wide range of at risk youth and their families in various multi-ethnic and multicultural contexts. Target populations range from at-risk preadolescents to youth with very serious problems such as conduct disorder, violent externalizing behaviors and substance-abuse.
Aggression Replacement Training® is a multi-component cognitive-behavioral treatment to promote pro-social behavior by addressing factors that contribute to aggression in children and adolescents including limited interpersonal social and coping skills, impulsiveness, over-reliance on aggression to meet daily needs, and egocentric and concrete values.A cost benefit analysis by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy finds this program results in reduced criminal behavior and significant cost savings.