The Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County provided therapy services to children who have experienced abuse. Families receive a comprehensive trauma-informed assessment which will evaluate the child’s level of mental health need. Counseling services may be offered or the therapist might help facilitate a referral to another agency to best support the families’ treatment needs.
It is our goal to help families process their feelings surrounding the abuse. Counseling is held in a safe, caring environment that is constructed to reduce anxiety. We care about you, your child or children and your family as a whole. If you are undecided about counseling, our door is always open to explain options that are available to you.
We have three licensed therapists that are trained in evidenced-based practices to help your family heal. Therapeutic modalities used at our center include: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy informed treatment, Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), Adventure Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy techniques using art, movement, play and various specialized therapeutic groups throughout the year for children and teens.
The Children’s Advocacy Center has a year-round weekly group for Non-Offending Parents that meets every Thursday night from 5:00 to 6:30pm. This educational group is designed to increase family members’ understanding of abuse/trauma, ways to intervene with traumatized children, and to provide support for families during difficult times. Topics include: self-care, understanding perpetrators of abuse, children and trauma, and prevention/responding to child sexual abuse through the presentation of Stewards of Children.
The Children’s Advocacy Center also provides opportunity for child abuse victims to participate in group therapy with their peers in order to build self-esteem and trust, to teach healthy decision making skills, and to break through feelings of isolation. These groups are offered at different times throughout the year. Currently, we are offering a “Little Mermaids” group for adolescent girls, an “Adventure Group” for boys, and a group for teenaged girl victims of sexual abuse. Sometimes depending on needs identified by the therapists there may be group opportunities offered to other special populations.
In addition to the therapy services, The Children’s Advocacy Center has partnered with The Rose Circle to provide supportive mentoring to girls and boys that access our center for treatment.
The Children’s Advocacy Center through collaborations with community agencies offers special projects through the year that offer opportunities for building self-esteem and building connections with the community.