Clinical & Vocational Arts (CAVA)

Is a site-based adult day/behaviour management program.  CAVA serves individuals, 18 years of age or older, who are dually diagnosed with both an intellectual disability and a co-occurring psychiatric disorder or emotional health issue/crisis. Clients must be able to participate in and benefit from psychotherapy. Program hours are from 8:30am to 2:30pm, Monday through Friday. Staff/client ratio is one staff member to three clients. The program accepts individuals throughout Southern California. CAVA currently has staff who speak English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Korean.

IRT believes that the creative arts and arts therapies are especially suitable as a therapeutic learning tool and as a means of integrating persons with disabilities in the community. The staff at CAVA include degreed/credentialed teachers, therapists and social work interns who work with clients through the modalities of music, drama, movement, language arts and psychosocial models. CAVA provides individual and group therapy on a daily basis and encourages independence through self care, social, and leadership skills, as well as personal and practical skills including assertiveness, money management, personal judgement and accountability. If an individual's long-term goal is employment, he or she can work on skills that are transferable to a vocational setting. Many CAVA clients work, or have been employed in the past and aspire to return to the workplace. CAVA's therapeutic support aims to reduce incidences of hospitalization, and increase productivity and quality of life by addressing clinical issues before they erupt into crisis.

IRT's Mission: Built upon our core values of love, learning, purpose and hope, our mission is to empower adults with intellectual disabilities to maximize their individual potential through interdisciplinary arts-based education and vocational training, to support our clients in coping with life and work through individual and group counseling, and to foster a sense of community where autonomy, personhood, and meaningful work and relationships are valued.