Mental Health Counseling Program
The counseling program provides individual, group and family counseling to child victims of severe physical and sexual abuse. Counseling is available to children ages 2—18 and is free and confidential. Counselors also provide court preparation and accompaniments during the judicial process. Counselors are part of the Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) and the Senior Mental Health Counselor serves as the representative on the core MDT.
Once a referral is made, the Senior Mental Health Counselor will contact the family within two business days. At the beginning of counseling, the non-offending parent will meet with the counselor for an intake appointment. After two to six sessions, the counselor will make an initial assessment for continuation of services or make appropriate referrals to other therapeutic providers. The focus of counseling will be determined by the needs of the family. Typically the focus is on alleviating any Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms that the family is experiencing. Trauma– Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client Centered Therapy, Play Therapy, Sand tray Therapy, and Art Therapy modalities are used. The decision to terminate counseling occurs when the child, the child’s family and the counselor agree it is time.