Child Abuse Treatment
The objectives of our Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment issue area are to support parenting programs that reduce the risk of child abuse, and treatment programs that improve the social and emotional functioning of children and youth impacted by abuse and family violence.
Type of Services
Positive Parenting Programs: Parenting, home visiting and teen parent programs for families with history of trauma, violence, mental health, substance abuse issues. Individual and Family Counseling is available to address the unique needs of children with a history of abuse/trauma (including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse/neglect and witness to domestic violence). Individual counseling may last from three to six months and is designed to provide more intensive therapy until a child is ready to participate in group based services. Children are then transitioned into the group as appropriate. Staff are trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Trauma and Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents and Parent Child Interaction Therapy
Children’s Treatment Programs: Community-based mental health programs for children who have been abused or neglected, exposed to family violence, and experienced multiple incidences of trauma. Designed for children ages 2 to 7 years old who exhibit many of the following behavior problems aggression toward parents, siblings, and other children, sassing back to their parents, refusing to follow directions, frequent temper tantrums, swearing and defiance.
Advocacy/Technical Assistance: Advocacy to expand access to quality programming and improve infrastructure of child abuse prevention and intervention services to families and provide training and technical assistance to community-based organizations
Groups are ten to twelve week therapeutic groups for children/adolescents with a history of abuse/trauma (physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse/neglect, witness to Domestic Violence or other traumatic experience). The group treatment addresses emotional, behavioral, and cognitive experienced by children/adolescents who have experienced trauma. Group treatment includes psycho-education, group cohesion, trauma reminders, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive regulation & coping skills. The group treatment promotes and supports developmental progression and future planning essential for youth facing adulthood such as goal setting and problem solving.