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After many years of dreaming and planning, the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) has finally launched an onsite mental health program: Onsite Mental Health. The program will be headed up by CAC staff therapist, Charity Kouri, who is being trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
With the addition of this new onsite program, child abuse victims and their families will be able to receive mental health services to help them cope with the crime that occurred.
“The mental health services our clients will receive will be specifically designed to help them deal with the abuse they experienced and to help them get back to being a kid and living a life free from the fear of violence and abuse” CAC Executive Director Rebecca Peevy said.
Recent studies show that victims of child abuse are experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome symptoms as a result of the abuse and trauma they suffered which are not being addressed by regular counseling, but must be addressed by utilizing a new form of therapy, “Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” (also known as TF-CBT).
Charity is taking the TF-CBT one step further by incorporating games and art into the TF-CBT therapy ensuring the kids get the help they need while having a good experience.
“We are excited as we continue to expand our services to provide a place where child abuse victims and their families can go to receive comprehensive services as they journey through a difficult situation,” Peevy said.
The funding for this new program and position came about through several funding sources including the RAM Foundation, United Way of Lamar County and Victims of Crime Act (through the Attorney General of Texas, Greg Abbott). Without these funding sources, this program would not be possible. They have helped CAC provide hope, healing and justice to the youngest victims of crime.
For more information about the CAC services and programs or to find out how you can volunteer your time or donate your money, contact Executive Director Rebecca Peevy at 903-784-5787 or email email@example.com.