PCAC's therapeutic services are free to eligible children and
their caregivers, based upon therapist availability. When
you meet with the interviewer or advocate after your child's
interview, it is likely that counseling services will be
recommended. If so, the Clinical Director will contact you
to discuss needs and help you decide if services through
PCAC are appropriate or if a referral to an outside provider
If your child is assigned to meet with a PCAC therapist, that therapist
will contact you directly to discuss scheduling. Your first visit
typically involves collecting information about your child and your
family, and completing an intake assessment.
PCAC primarily utilizes trauma focused-cognitive behavioral therapy
(TF-CBT). TF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment for children
impacted by trauma and their caregivers. Research shows that
TF-CBT successfully resolves a broad array of emotional and
behavior difficulties associated with single, multiple, and complex
trauma experiences. You can learn more about the TF-CBT model by
visiting the official certification program website at tfcbt.org.
If your child is referred to an outside provider, you'll either be contacted directly by that provider or you may be required to reach out to the provider yourself to schedule the initial appointment. (This depends upon the provider - some require a referral from PCAC to initiate services while others must be contacted directly by caregivers.)
Our center also offers an activity-driven support group - Heroes, Great & Small ('Heroes'). Heroes is a support and education group provided free to child sexual abuse victims and their siblings. It uses fun, positive, high energy activities to assist children in working through the trauma of abuse. Groups can include art, music, dance, games, crafts, and puppetry to help children with minimizing any guilt they may feel, improving self-esteem, building trust, learning personal safety skills, and abuse prevention.
PCAC's therapeutic team has also developed an empowerment group for girls (12-15 yrs) that meets once a month. This group is meant to help girls feel good about themselves in an age of increasing peer pressure, stress, and social media exposure. Activities focus on empowering these girls so that they can feel good about themselves, and develop and maintain positive self-image.
Currently, Heroes is being restructured and there are no groups scheduled. Check back for updates or feel free to contact PCAC for more information.