The Children’s Advocacy Center is committed to providing a safe place for children to begin the healing process after they have experienced abuse. Our team of Master’s level social workers provides short-term, trauma informed therapy to children of every age. Since child abuse affects the whole family, the services provided at The Children’s Advocacy Center are available at no cost to every child and their non-offending caregivers. When a child comes to The Children’s Advocacy Center for a forensic interview, clinical staff work with each family to determine the best treatment options. Clinical staff are specially trained in evidence based treatment approaches with a firm understanding of the effects of trauma. Additionally, play, art, and sensory interventions are utilized in the treatment provided to children, adolescents, and adults.
The Children’s Advocacy Center therapists are trained in:
- TRAUMA FOCUSED COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (TF-CBT) : a conjoint child and parent psychotherapy approach for children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties related to traumatic life events. This type of evidence based treatment has been determined as best practice for use with abused and traumatized children. TFCBT helps families to manage feelings, talk about the trauma, and develop plans for feeling safe in the future.
- STRUCTURED SENSORY INTERVENTION FOR TRAUMATIZED CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS, AND ADULTS (SITCAP): an evidence based treatment approach that is centered on the concept that changing behavior isn't possible until you change the sensory memories that fuel the behavior. It provides a powerful framework for helping traumatized individuals experience themselves as safe and empowered, no longer victims but survivors and thrivers. Individual, family, and group therapy is offered for both children and their non-offending caregivers. Group therapy is an opportunity for children, adolescents, and parents who have experienced the trauma of child sexual abuse to meet, share their stories, and receive support and education together.
PROBLEMATIC SEXUAL BEHAVIOR- COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (PSB-CBT): Based off of evidence based CBT treatment, PSB-CBT is a new treatment approach for children ages 2-10 who are exhibiting concerning sexualized behaviors. PSB-CBT is a highly structured, 12-week intervention that includes addressing the origin of the problematic sexual behavior, providing psychoeducation on the rules of sexual behaviors and boundaries, gaining control over the impulsive behavior(s), and future safety planning. Caregiver psychoeducation and caregiver-child practice of skills and strategies at home are also expected throughout treatment.
SENSORY MOTOR AROUSAL REGULATION TREATMENT (SMART): Sensory Motor Regulation Treatment is a form of counseling specially designed for children and youth who have been affected by complex trauma (i.e. sexual abuse, violence, adoption, etc.). SMART includes three major components: emotional and behavioral regulation, trauma processing, and attachment. To address emotional regulation, SMART uses concepts and clinical evidence from the sensory integration field. The basic equipment, including physio balls, weighted blankets, and crash cushions, provided different types of sensory input for arousal regulation. To address trauma processing this treatment uses embodied action, games, and symbolic and dramatic play. To stimulate attachment, SMART therapists work with children and their non-offending caregivers to improve relational security through active, playful engagement. Children who are engaged in SMART can become more self-aware and calm in situations that typically cause stress.
Therapy services are offered in English and Spanish.