Affiliations and Associations

At Paradigm San Francisco we are committed to upholding the highest professional standards in the field of adolescent treatment. In an effort to meet that objective, our program and our treatment team members maintain a multitude of professional affiliations and associations. This includes, but is not limited to the following:


The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.  Paradigm Malibu is one of a small percentage of Joint Commission Accredited behavioral healthcare providers for adolescent mental health and substance abuse treatment.



a2American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is a leading professional organization that promotes the healthy development of children and adolescents through research, training, and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric concerns, from adolescent depression to adolescent Autism, while also meeting the professional needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists throughout their careers.



NAATP is a nonprofit professional society of top treatment providers throughout the continuum of care. They support their members by providing clinical and operational resources as well as law and policy advocacy. NAATP’s service as a convening body brings the industry together to promote collegiality and the dissemination of best practices.



National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) is the leading voice of addiction treatment providers with a mission to provide leadership, advocacy, training and other member support services to assure the continued availability and highest quality of addiction treatment. As a member of NAATP, Paradigm Malibu is dedicated to providing quality treatment for teen substance abuse and addiction from teen marijuana and alcohol abuse treatment to teen prescription drug and heroin addiction treatment.



a5American Psychiatric Association (APA), as one of the world’s largest psychiatric organizations, is a medical specialty society of psychiatric physicians from around the globe who work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders, intellectual disabilities and substance abuse disorders.





American Psychological Association (APA) is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States with a mission to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.  As a member in good-standing, Dr. Jeffrey Nalin develops the skills and understanding of teens and their families as they address issues of divorce, adoption, and parent-child conflicts, particularly those related to a teen’s mental health needs, such as teen depression or anxiety, and disruptive coping behaviors such as club drug abuse and problem internet use.


a7California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is the state agency responsible for the oversight and administration of programs serving California’s most vulnerable residents. Paradigm Malibu is state-approved and licensed.




a8American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) is a professional association leading  the way to increase understanding, research and education in the field of marriage and family therapy, and ensuring that the public’s needs are met by trained practitioners.   The association represents the professional interests of marriage and family therapists throughout the United States, Canada and abroad and provides individuals the tools and resources they need to succeed as marriage and family therapists.  As active members of AAMFT, Paradigm Malibu counselors draw upon the many resources available to them to provide compassionate and effective therapeutic counseling for teens and their families struggling with mental and behavioral health issues such as teen depression, teen anxiety, teen suicide, teen eating disorders, and the many challenges that negatively impact health and functioning.


a9California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) is an independent, state professional organization with chartered chapters in various locations throughout California.  CAMFT represents the interests of licensed marriage and family therapists, advances the profession as an art and a science, and maintains high standards of professional ethics.   As a Grand Sponsor of CAMFT’s 50th Anniversary Annual Conference, Paradigm Malibu is pleased to partner with an organization committed to advancing knowledge and skill in teen mental health treatment and teen substance abuse treatment.


a10Mental Health Rights Coalition (MHRC) is a not-for-profit  organization that encourages and empowers the voice and participation of consumers in the mental health system.  As a supporter of the MHRC mission, Paradigm Malibu is committed to the rights of youth seeking treatment for mental health needs such as teen post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and adolescent grief and loss.


a11National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) is a leading national non-profit organization providing referrals, support, prevention, conferences, and newsletters on and about eating disorders.  Paradigm Malibu supports NEDA’ mission and toolkits for teen eating disorder treatment of bulimia nervosa, teen anorexia nervosa and teen binge eating disorder.


a12American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) is a professional clinical and research oriented organization dedicated to educating, influencing and encouraging excellence in practice, policy and prevention for the field of Addiction Psychiatry and beyond.




a13Mental Health America (MHA) is the leading advocacy organization working to inform, advocate and enable access to quality behavioral health services for all Americans.  The co-founders of Paradigm Malibu are long time champions of MHA’s leadership in addressing the full spectrum of mental and substance use conditions and their effects, especially in adolescent depression treatment and adolescent self-injury  and teen suicide.



American Society of Adolescent Psychiatry (ASAP) is the leading network and specialized community of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals who are dedicated solely to the mental health of adolescents through education and professional development.




a15Art Therapy Alliance embraces social media and connection on-line to promote art therapy, the work of art therapists, and to build community.  In building community at Paradigm Malibu, our Art Therapist draws upon youth interest in social media to address differing therapeutic issues from teen self injury and teen eating disorders to the unique needs of treating teens of divorce and adopted teens.


a16National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) is a national not-for-profit founded in 1994 to provide a common-sense approach to improving the justice system by using a combination of judicial monitoring and effective treatment to compel drug-using offenders to change their lives.  As early members of NADCP, the co-founders of Paradigm Malibu are committed to the clinical treatment approach to teen cocaine abuse, teen ecstasy abuse, teen heroin addiction, teen marijuana abuse, and teen meth abuse carved out by the forward-thinking professionals behind diversion options.


a18Malibu Chamber of Commerce is the local area association of businesses and professionals serving Malibu, CA and its visitors.  Paradigm Malibu is an active member of the Malibu teen mental health treatment and adolescent drug rehab community.


a19American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) is committed to the advancement of education, training, professional standards, credentials, and research in support of the music therapy profession. The Paradigm Malibu music therapist holds AMTA membership and employs musical therapeutic tools in the treatment of teen self-injury, teen attention deficit disorder, teen grief and loss, etc.



a20The International Art Therapy Organization (IATO) brings together art therapists, related professionals, and students involved in the fields of art therapy, therapeutic art making, and art for health and social transformation. As part of the IATO community, Paradigm Malibu and our Art Therapist champion the transformative effects of art therapy on teen behavioral addictions, like gaming, and  adolescent mental health treatment, such as hard to treat mood and personality disorders.


a21The World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT) is an international non-profit organization promoting the use of music therapy worldwide as an art and a science and supporting educational programs, clinical practice, and research.  As a member and frequent user of WFMT materials, Paradigm Malibu’s music therapist has experienced tremendous success in treating presenting issues, such as teen marijuana abuse, teen depression and suicide, and addressing teen academic issues.


a22National Association of Drama Therapy (NADT) is a not-for-profit organization to promote the profession of drama therapy through information and advocacy. The Association serves professionals and students in the United States and Canada, and the organization includes members throughout the world.  Our NADT member drama therapist, assists the youth at Paradigm Malibu in expressing the inexplicable, thus moving them forward in the treatment of adolescent co-occurring disorders, such as  adolescent depression and teen opioid abuse or teen PTSD and teen alcohol abuse.


a23Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) is the leading international nonprofit association for professionals using equine therapy to address mental health and human development needs through Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning. Paradigm Malibu’s trained and EAGALA certified psychotherapists offer equine assisted therapy to address teen issues from parent-teen conflict to adolescent problem gambling to specific mental health care, such as teen depression and teen personality disorder treatment.


a24Yoga Alliance (YA) is a non-profit association of yoga teachers, students, and schools in the United States supporting the use of yoga as a therapeutic treatment for a range of health issues.  The Paradigm Malibu  yoga instructor is certified in yoga therapy and develops relief and coping skills is teens struggling with adolescent self-injury and adolescent suicide as related to teen depression, bipolar disorder, and other mental health disorders.


a25International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) is a leading organization dedicated to eliminating bipolar disorder through the advancement of research; the promotion and enhancement of care and support services; and erasing associated stigma through public education.  As a supporter of the IBPF mission, Paradigm Malibu is adept in teen bipolar disorder treatment, a teen mood disorder often masked by co-occurring teen substance abuse, such as methamphetamine or marijuana abuse.


a26Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) is a national organization providing education about, supporting research into, and referrals for treatment of a range of anxiety related disorders including adolescent anxiety disorders, adolescent general anxiety disorder, adolescent social anxiety disorder, adolescent panic disorder, adolescent post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), adolescent obsessive-compulsive disorder, and adolescent phobias.  Paradigm Malibu is an active member of ADAA, providing ready access to current and evidence-based practices to our staff for the treatment of teen anxiety disorders.


a28The International Society for Sports Psychology (ISSP) is an organization of multidisciplinary professionals devoted to promoting research, practice, and development in the discipline of sports psychology throughout the world.


a29United States Association for Body Psychotherapy is a therapist-centered association committed to incorporating somatic psychology into the mainstream of psychotherapy to maximize the healing potential of body/mind integration.  Movement therapy weaves somatic psychology into the treatment of teen behavioral addictions treatment—such as teen problem gaming, teen gambling addiction, teen problem internet use—by introducing and reinforcing the power of physical movement .


a30International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA) is a community of professionals dedicated to evolving the field of Somatic Movement Education and Therapy.  Through professional affiliation, Paradigm Malibu movement therapists are able to draw upon somatic therapy principles in the treatment of teen substance abuse, eating disorders, and mental health issues with a particular focus on the treatment of teen trauma and teen PTSD.


a31American Association of Community Psychiatrists (AACP) is an advocacy organization that empowers and equips community based psychiatrists for high-quality practices that promote recovery and resilience.


a32Southern California Psychiatric Society is the voice of local mental health services that engages psychiatric residents and faculty in the broader psychiatric community and ensures a proper professional environment for psychiatrists. As a member in good-standing, Paradigm Malibu’s Medical Director provides an inviting treatment approach for a range of adolescent mental health and substance-related disorders from adolescent eating disorders to teen treatment resistance substance abuse and chronic relapse.


a33American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is a professional society representing physicians and associated professionals dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment; educating professionals and the public; supporting research and prevention; and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addictions.  Paradigm Malibu’s psychiatrist is a long time ASAM member contributing to improved adolescent co-occurring disorders treatment, teen mental health and addiction treatment, teen chronic relapse treatment and teen treatment resistance.


a34National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) is the leading national association of school psychologists advancing effective practices to improve students’ learning, behavior, and mental health.  NASP provides Paradigm Malibu’s Clinical Director with current and relevant information on teen academic issues, teen trauma and bullying, adolescent drug abuse, and teen co-occurring disorders as related to a school setting.



a35National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives and care for those living with mental illness.  As a long time member and contributor, Paradigm Malibu provides residential treatment for youth struggling with adolescent mood and thought disorders, adolescent anxiety, and teen personality disorders.



The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) was created in January of 1999 to serve as a national resource for programs and professionals assisting young people beleaguered by emotional and behavioral difficulties. The Association is governed by an elected, volunteer Board of Directors comprised of representatives from the NATSAP membership.  Members must meet the criteria set forth by NATSAP to be included as a member program.






TPOSC is an alliance of the top treatment providers in the Southern California area who have come together to support each other’s vision of creating excellent facilities and acting as an industry leader to help guide consumers and professionals in making important treatment decisions.



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