Treatment Philosophy

Project Six/The Commons utilizes a relationship-based treatment model, with evidence- based practice at its core. Our treatment philosophy promotes progress by teaching our residents how to develop age-appropriate interpersonal skills which contributes to overall social-emotional, behavioral, and academic improvement. We provide a safe, structured, and caring environment that focuses on positive ways to engage in relationships. Our program is designed to assist adolescents to recognize and build upon their strengths while helping them control and eliminate negative behaviors that interfere with their ability to learn and lead a healthy, productive and satisfying life.

Resident Life

The Commons is located in the San Fernando Valley within Los Angeles County. Residents reside in a dorm-like setting, complete with an art and music studio, computer lab, fitness center, indoor basketball court and a large gymnasium.

Residents experience a nurturing environment where positive and constructive feedback is integrated into a structured daily schedule. The program encourages respect, personal and interpersonal development and fosters a sense of community and responsibility. Supported by a highly skilled, compassionate and caring clinical and behavioral staff, residents are encouraged to address their individual needs in a proactive and productive manner. Each resident has a personal advisor for additional guidance and support.

Meals are cooked fresh daily and served family style. Our chef and agency dietician ensure that food choices are healthy and varied. Specialized diets such as gluten free, kosher, or vegetarian options are available. Residents assist in meal preparation as part of their daily living skills program.

Our Story

Founded in 1975, The Help Group is a nonprofit agency serving children with special needs related to autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, abuse, trauma and emotional challenges. The Help Group has several specialized schools that offer pre-K through high school programs for more than 1,600 students. Its broad range of mental health and therapy services, child abuse and residential programs extends its reach to more than 6,000 children and their families each year. With more than 900 staff members, The Help Group’s state-of-the-art schools and programs are located on seven campuses in the Los Angeles area.