The Clinic Without Walls

The Clinic Without Walls (TCWOW) is the practicum site of the Community Mental Health program. Situated in four low-income housing sites within San Francisco, TCWOW provides psychological services to underserved communities. The Clinic aims to make therapy accessible to people who have been denied on the basis of stigma, discrimination, and socioeconomic factors. Further, the clinic seeks to increase the capacity of individuals and families to identify mental health needs and access services through which they will be respected and effectively treated.

The practicum at TCWOW focuses on the development of essential clinical skills and multicultural awareness. Trainees acquire a wide array of experiences through work with children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly in the context of individual, couples, family, and group therapy. The Clinic also incorporates a frontier approach called “therapy on the margins,” a modality in which clients uninterested in formal treatment participate in sessions through conversations held in public spaces. Additionally, trainees lead workshops on a variety of topics including conflict resolution, parenting skills, and mindfulness. TCWOW aims to provide high quality psychological services to the community via a dynamic training program rooted in social justice.