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 or Therapist/Family Advocate will contact you to discuss needs and help you decide if services through PCAC are appropriate or if a referral to an outside provider is suitable. At this time, we offer both in-person and virtual sessions as requested by you/your child.
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.)
Currently, we are restructuring our support group program and there are no groups scheduled. Check back for updates or feel free to contact PCAC for more information.