DCAC provides a safe place for children and their families to begin the healing process after experiencing criminal child abuse or witnessing a violent crime. Our Clinical Services team consists of master’s- and doctoral-level therapists and clinical social workers who provide evidence-based, trauma-informed therapy. Because the trauma of abuse affects the whole family, our services are provided at no cost to each child and their non-offending family members.
DCAC’s Clinical Services team works with each family to determine the best treatment options through standardized assessment procedures and collaboration.
DCAC’s therapists receive extensive training (to certification, when applicable) in evidence-based therapy models. Because children and adolescents respond in many different ways to traumatic events, it is important that therapists are prepared to provide the very best therapy that research and science have to offer, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a conjoint child and parent psychotherapy approach for children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties related to traumatic life events. This type of specialized treatment is rated a Model Program and Best Practice for use with abused and traumatized children.
Individual, family, and group therapy is offered for both children and their non-offending family members. Therapy services are offered in English and Spanish. Specialized therapy services available include:
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)
- Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Problematic Sexual Behavior-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT)
- Parenting programs – Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) and Child Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE)
- Psychological evaluations
- Psychiatric care
- Animal-Assisted Therapy*
*The animal-handler team must be registered with one of the following organizations. For additional information on animal-assisted therapy, please contact Jessica Gutierrez.
- The Delta Society
- Alliance of Therapy Dogs
- Therapy Dogs International