Child abuse and neglect have been identified, among other criteria, as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).
A landmark study by the Centers for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente (Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) revealed that, left unchecked, a high number of ACEs can have a significant negative impact on an individual well into adulthood.
Access to specialized mental health services is critical for abused children and their families to move forward in the healing process.
At the Child Advocacy Center, we work in partnership with The Victim Center to connect the children we serve with counseling and other mental health resources at absolutely no cost. As a National Children’s Alliance accredited child advocacy center, our mental health services meet the high standards of the NCA.
Our mental health services are provided by professionals with specialized training in trauma-focused, evidence-supported, mental health treatment.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
This type of therapy helps children and their non-offending parents or caregivers overcome the trauma caused by the abuse of the child. Research has shown it to be effective in resolving a wide array of emotional and behavioral issues associated with the trauma of abuse or neglect.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy has shown to be effective in helping individuals recover from trauma and other adverse life experiences. EMDR can help an individual resolve unprocessed traumatic memories, allowing the natural healing process to occur in the brain.
It can be difficult for a child who has experienced abuse or neglect to process his/her emotions or communicate problems to adults. Play Therapy offers many benefits for children who have experienced trauma, including alleviating anxiety and teaching them how to express themselves in healthy ways.
KNOW THE SIGNS
- Behavioral changes.
- Trouble at school.
- Eating & sleep disturbances.
- Bedwetting in potty-trained children.
- Clinginess & separation anxiety.
- Sexualized behaviors in young children.
- Acting unusually withdrawn or aggressive.