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Charlotte Wood Middle School

Summer Location: SRVUSD school to be determined

Summer 2018: 6/11 - 7/27

2018 Quest Therapeutic Camps Summer Fees

  • 3 Weeks.......$2250.00
  • 4 Weeks.......$2950.00
  • 5 Weeks.......$3625.00
  • 6 Weeks.......$4275.00
  • 7 Weeks.......$4925.00
  • New Camper Screening Fee: $140

*Medical insurance/ABA coverage/Regional Center may cover Quest

Download Summer Camp calendar in the Resource section down below.

Quest Therapeutic Day Camp Summer program:

For over 25 years, Quest has provided an innovative, evidence-based treatment program for children and adolescents with mild to moderate emotional and social problems. Based on individualized treatment goals, campers learn to better understand their emotions and social interactions. Campers receive positive verbal comments and points from their assigned counselor each hour. This encourages our campers to try harder, take more risks and learn from failures. The points are awarded for effort and encourage campers to learn. Each week, the campers use points from camp and those given by parents at the Quest Store.

Each morning, campers participate in outdoor activities that include sports that competition is minimize and enjoyment is emphasized, tag, hiking and playing together. The trained counselor staff then observes how each interacts and provides Quest-developed interventions to increase awareness and improve behavior. Each morning also includes an hour group therapy session, integrating therapeutic exercises, discussion and feedback for better understanding of each camper’s goals.

After lunch sent from home, campers will either board a bus to travel to the City of San Ramon Aquatic Center for free swim or sign up for “Quests” that include animation, robotics, science, art, drama, journalism and construction. These two-hour activities blend ages and genders for all campers to enjoy. Camp ends with the Camper of the Day ceremony to identify the camper from each group who has made the greatest effort for that day.

Fridays are “Fabulous Fridays” at Quest. On three of them, the entire camp leaves by school bus, in the morning and heads to the San Jose Tech Museum, Six Flags and Lake Del Valle. The other Fridays are fun, all camp activities such as carnivals and group challenges. Pizza is served and after the Spirit Stick, honoring the group with the most enthusiasm, and Camper of the Week ceremony, campers attend the Quest Store to purchase their toys and gift cards.

Quest 2017 staff includes five therapists including Bob Field, Ph.D.,director; Erin Meyer, LMFT , assistant director; Emma Coffey, Certified School Psychologist, Stacey Hill, LMFT and Lauren Waitrovich, LMFT. Few programs have the team of professionals leading a therapeutic day program. Our counselors include some licensed professionals, those working on internship hours, enrolled in Master’s degree programs and college undergraduates. Staff to camper ratio is 5 to 1.

New campers must be screened prior to attending. Quest’s campers are of average intelligence, have mild to moderate emotional problems such as ADHD, anxiety, high functioning Autism, poor self esteem and social difficulties. A diagnosis is not necessary to attend Quest.

Physically aggressive children are not appropriate for the Quest program nor are children with more severe emotional, social or developmental issues.

All Sessions: 10 weeks

Danville-Vista Grande Elementary School
667 Diablo Road, Danville CA. 94526
Thursdays 4:00-6:00pm

Oakland-Temescal Beach Park
6500 Broadway Oakland, CA. 94618
Tuesdays 4:00-6:00pm

Fall Session:

Danville: 9/14/2017 - 11/16/2017
Oakland: 9/12/2017 - 12/12/2017

Winter Session:

Danville: 1/11/2018 - 3/15/2018
Oakland: 1/9/2018 - 3/20/2017

Spring Session:

Danville: 3/22/2018 - 6/7/2018
Oakland: 3/27/2018 - 6/5/2017

  • Single Session: $950.00
  • Two Sessions: $1,710.00
  • Three Sessions: $2,425.00

Afterschool Program

Effective as an independent group therapy program, the Afterschool program also offers an opportunity for summer campers to continue progress throughout the school year. Quest meets once a week for three 10-week sessions in Danville (Thursdays4-6 pm) and Oakland (Tuesdays 4-6pm). With the strains of homework and other activities, Quest provides a time for children to learn the critical skills associated with emotional and social intelligence. Quest research indicated that those who attended our summer program found decreases in progress made when not attending the Afterschool program but those who continued, progressed further.

Using the Quest summer model, the program provides an activity hour to work with the children within a naturalistic environment and an hour of group therapy to focus on individual goals, social and emotional skill development and group dynamics. Since the program is only two hours a week, campers earn more points each hour to be sufficient to buy toys at Store or participate in a fieldtrip once every five weeks.

Children are grouped by age ad ability. The Afterschool program provides the opportunity to have a therapist involved with the group for the entire time. This adds a more intensive treatment for the shorter day. Parents provide points for daily goals at home that are combined with camp points and Contract goal points for their reward. Evening parent group meetings occur every five weeks with therapists. Parents receive both written and verbal feedback about their child and effective techniques.

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  • Dr. Robert B. Field, Ph.D.

    Founder/Executive Director | Quest Therapeutic Camps

    Dr. Field has provided assessment and treatment to children, adolescents, adults, and families since 1979. He received his Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology specializing in clinical care of children and adolescents.

    After completing the doctoral program, Dr. Field worked as a psychologist at the Benjamin Rush Center for MH/MR in Philadelphia, PA before returning to California to start his private practice. In addition to private practice, Dr. Field also acted as team coordinator and psychologist for the Livermore Unified School District’s special assessment team.

    In addition to founding Quest Camps with his wife, Debra Forrester-Field, Dr. Field and Debra have also developed an interactive child therapy website, www.directiveparenting.com for parents of 4-12 year olds.

    Bob and Debra have four grown children, Josh, Meghan, Rebecca, and Carly, who have all worked at Quest.

    Listen to Dr. Field's latest podcasts


  • Debra Forrester-Field, M.A.

    Debra Forrester-Field, M.A.
    Administrative Director
    East Bay

    Ms. Forrester-Field’s background in Psychology and her desire to assure the highest levels of quality, safety and organization have provided Quest with an exceptionally well developed treatment program. In 2011, Ms. Forrester-Field developed our online web registration system with Active Networks. All of the information gathered on our campers has been identified and organized to assure health, safety and quality care. Ms. Forrester- Field oversees all administrative aspects of the Quest Therapeutic Camps including accreditation by the American Camp Association.