Grayson County Children’s Advocacy Center offers both individual and group counseling to families referred to the counseling program. Therapy enables children who have been abused to develop a healthy self-image, learn to trust again, and identify ways to protect themselves from further victimization. Specially trained and licensed therapists work with child victims on complex issues stemming from their abuse such as trauma, shame, embarrassment, safety, and self-esteem.
The purposes of the mental health services provided by the Grayson County CAC are to promote healing, to lessen the likelihood of revictimization and to decrease the ongoing and long-term social, emotional, and developmental outcomes of trauma. The CAC is committed to providing “best practices,” ensuring children and families receive culturally competent, developmentally appropriate, trauma-focused therapy. The CAC recognizes the profound importance of caregiver involvement in each child’s healing and provides the mental health services and support needed to assist parents and other family members build on their personal strengths and community supports as they respond to their child’s treatment needs. We offer specialized trauma-focused mental health services for child victims and their non-offending family members.
Specialized trauma-focused mental health services include:
- Crisis intervention
- Trauma-specific assessments
- Family and caregiver engagement
- Individualized treatment plan
- Individualized evidence-informed treatment which is developmentally appropriate and may include individual, conjoint, or family sessions as well as non-offending caregiver support group
- Referral to other community resources as needed to meet special needs, higher level of care, and/or as part of after care planning
The CAC does not provide psychological or custody evaluations.
Our clinical therapists select treatment modalities to meet each client’s goals for treatment. Treatment modalities are determined according to each client’s needs and may include:
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
- Group support and therapy for non-offending caregivers
- Child-Centered Play Therapy
- Directive play therapy activities
- Behavior modification training for caregivers