HCCAC offers a variety of services free of charge ranging from crisis intervention and family support to group and individual therapy for child victims, siblings, and non-offending caregivers. Using a holistic approach to treatment helps restore a child’s sense of self, comfort and safety.
What to expect in therapy
Therapy is a unique opportunity to meet with a licensed professional to promote healing and minimize the negative effects of abuse and trauma. This process uses research based techniques, proven to be effective in coping with trauma. Parents and guardians will be asked to participate in many of the child’s sessions in order to add to the child’s sense of support in the healing process. Participation and support are a vital aspect of therapy at HCCAC.
What is Trauma?
Trauma can be any event that, when witnessed or experienced by a child or adolescent, is extremely distressing to them. These events are often in situations where children fear for their lives or the lives of others or there has been a threat to their bodily integrity. There are many different kinds of trauma including:
Chronic Trauma is the experience of multiple traumatic events, often over a long period of time, such as:
- Experiencing sexual and physical abuse
- Witnessing violent fight between caregivers
Complex Trauma occurs when the effects of traumatic events are compounded as the trauma is caused by the people children depend on for survival and safety. Complex trauma occurs when children are exposed to chronic trauma from a very young age (typically under the age of five) as a result of the actions of parents or other adults who should have been caring for and protecting them.
Acute Trauma is a single traumatic event that lasts for a short time.
- Natural disaster
- House fire
- Car accident
- Being bitten by a dog
- A single incident of abuse
Parent consultations are an integral part of the therapeutic services provided at HCCAC. We offer individual as well as family consultations and parenting groups free of charge. Whether as a part of your child’s therapy or as a service just to benefit the needs of your family, consultation sessions can be scheduled at any time. These sessions are offered to all non-offending caregivers, regardless of your relationship with the child who has experienced abuse or trauma.
“Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma”
Caring for Children who have Experienced Trauma is a 7 week group offered to educate parents and caregivers on the developmental and behavioral effects of trauma on children. The curriculum was developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and adapted with permission, by Susan Kulbeth, LMSW at the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center to meet the needs of all caregivers parenting children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. Children’s groups are offered concurrently through collaboration with the Phoenix Center. Caregivers learn techniques and the benefits of Trauma-Informed Parenting including:
- How to recognize the impact trauma has had on your child
- How to improve your child’s behavior and attitude, and respond appropriately to the behavioral and emotional challenges that are a result of the trauma
- How to help your child develop the coping strategies needed to grow into a healthy adultHow to help your child develop a strengths-based understand of his or her life story
- How to become a more effective and satisfied parent or guardian
- How to reduce the risk of your own compassion fatigue & take care of yourself