Counseling for Child Victims
Importance of Counseling for Child Victims
Alliance For Children offers both individual and group counseling free of charge to families referred to the counseling program. Once a referral is received, families will meet with a family advocate and together determine the best fit for the family and their child.
It is not unusual for a child to experience nightmares, flashbacks, sadness, anxiety, anger, poor grades, fearfulness, and thoughts of drug/alcohol use & self-harm after a traumatic event has occurred. Although these can be normal reactions to abuse, it is important for children to learn healthy ways of coping in order to decrease these symptoms. Even if your child does not exhibit any symptoms, it can be extremely beneficial for them to speak with a trained professional to process what happened in order to make sure the child understands and feels safe expressing his or her feelings. With the support of a protective caregiver and effective treatment, a child can recover without long-term effects. Effective treatment can include individual and/or group counseling. Sometimes children participate in both simultaneously because of the benefits they each provide.
Animal Assisted Therapy
Alliance For Children uses trained therapy dogs as an integral part of the childrens' group counseling experience. The dogs visit twice a month during group counseling to lessen the stress and anxiety of the children. Because of the unconditional love that they share, the therapy dogs now make scheduled lobby visits, and assist in court preparation in forensic interviews and individual counseling.
Group Counseling for Protective Parents
Alliance For Children offers free group counseling in both Spanish and English to protective parents of children who have received services through Alliance For Children. The counseling curriculum closely follows the children's counseling and empowers parents to be a significant agent in their children's healing.