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Many JFCS Counseling programs serve people of all ages who have experienced trauma (deeply distressing and disturbing experiences). Just call us and our intake staff will find a place for you.
One of our trauma counseling programs, Project Safe Place, is a grant-funded program that is free of charge and available to all who qualify.
Project Safe Place
Children 3-17. Child sexual abuse and trauma happens to children in every kind of family, neighborhood, and community. Fortunately, with the right kind of help, children can recover completely and live normal, happy lives. PSP counselors offer clinical case support to assist with community resources and personal advocacy as needed, and they use a variety of age appropriate
treatment modalities to help each child:
- Establish an atmosphere of safety.
- Experience increased well-being and reduced anxiety.
- Reduce feelings of powerlessness and self-blame.
- Encourage expression of feelings.
- Facilitate a sense of contact with and control over his or her environment.
- Encourage the development of trusting attachments.
Adults 18-50. PSP counselors support all adults who are victims (survivors) or witnesses of crime including domestic violence, sexual assault, dating/relationship violence, and stalking. Adults who were victims of abuse as children may also receive treatment in order to heal and move forward in setting and accomplishing life goals.
Adults who have experienced vicarious trauma through observation of crime scenes and/or interaction with victims (e.g., first responders, fire fighters, law enforcement officers, etc.) may be eligible for help in working through the aftermath of exposures. PSP counselors recognize the many possible issues affecting crime survivors/witnesses, including anxiety, anger, PTSD, shame, and self-destructive behavior. PSP counselors use a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities to help each survivor/witness:
- Establish an atmosphere of safety for sharing their experiences.
- Encourage the development of life and coping skills.
- Facilitate the transformation of negative behavior into positive, healthy behaviors.
Age-appropriate peer groups are offered through Project Safe Place because peer support is valuable to the recovery process, often reducing the loneliness and shame that victims can experience.
Because traumatic events don’t just affect the victim, Project Safe Place includes family therapy to help family members improve communication and problem-solving skills in ways that help the victims in recovery.