The therapy program offers counseling for children and adolescents who have been sexually or physically abused or who have been exposed to family violence. It also provides services to siblings of these children, and their non-offending caregivers.  All of our therapists have been trained in treatment methods that are proven to be effective in reducing trauma and improving functioning. We offer counseling at the Center, as well as in family homes.

Treatment models include the following options that are used by our therapists:

  • Non-directive Play Therapy: This intervention is used to assist children in working through whatever issues are the most important to them on any given day, and empowers them to direct their own treatment process.  This helps to reduce trauma symptoms as well as behavior problems.

  • Group Therapy:

    1. Child Victim groups: Therapy groups are offered to child victims of sexual abuse. Groups consist of children and adolescents ages 5-18, and are divided by age and gender.  Groups assist in reducing the isolation and shame associated with sexual abuse.  They also assist in increasing coping skills, increasing the child’s support system, and increasing the child’s understanding of healthy sexuality and prevention strategies.

    2. Non-Offending Caregiver groups: Groups are offered to caregivers of abused children.  These groups assist the caregivers in identifying ways to increase their support of their child’s healing process.  They also assist caregivers in parenting strategies, processing self-blame, learning prevention strategies, etc. 

  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy: This evidence-based technique focuses on coaching parents to produce desired behaviors in their children without the use of corporal punishment.  It encourages caregivers to praise their child and effectively redirect problem behaviors without a power struggle.  It is particularly effective in working with children with disruptive behavior problems and with battered parents and their children who have witnessed the family violence.