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Share & Care

Cedars-Sinai Share & Care is a school-based, mental health early intervention program that uses art therapy to help children, teachers, families and other survivors cope with traumatic events and stressors.

How It Works

Share & Care addresses the needs of students, teachers and families affected by trauma and/or stressors through crisis intervention, consultation, training and prevention. Counselors work with staff at school sites within the Los Angeles area to identify children who are at-risk emotionally and academically. This specialized prevention and early intervention program offers a series of 12-week art therapy groups that focus on social-emotional learning through various curricula. These groups provide a supportive, therapeutic environment that aids in the healing process and enhances the child’s ability to concentrate and become happier and more successful. Teacher and parent education training is a large part of the Share & Care school-based program.

Good to Know

Share & Care began in

1981

as the Psychological Trauma Center.

Therapists work in

30 schools

from elementary through high schools.

In the 2017–18 school year, counselors worked with more than

950 students

in group therapy sessions.

In the 2017–18 school year, mental health professionals logged more than

30,500

contacts with students, parents and teachers.


Children's Environment at Home*
  • 11% said they know someone incarcerated.
  • 14% reported gangs in their neighborhood.
  • 14% said they felt unsafe in their school.
Children's Behavior at School*
  • 27% were identified as being behind academically.
  • 42% exhibited disruptive classroom behavior.
  • 35% had poor concentration.


The Share & Care Effect
What Teachers Report*
  • 74% of students showed an improvement in their self-esteem.
  • 89% of students showed improvement in their behavior.
What Parents Report*
  • 79% said they felt more confident in their ability to communicate more openly with their child.
  • 74% felt more confident in their ability to address their child’s behavioral issues.
  • 75% felt more confident in their ability to help improve their child’s self-esteem.

*All statistics are from the 2017-2018 school year.