A healthy child and a healthy family are necessary for a healthy community.
The Clinical Intervention Program provides on-site crisis intervention and short-term counseling to child victims of abuse, their siblings and their non-offending parents/caregivers. This program addresses the victim’s abuse trauma and emotional crisis and the difficulties of non-offending parent(s) to create a supportive, protective home environment. A full-time licensed clinical social worker and two mental health counselors with experience working with child abuse victims are available, on site, at the Children’s Advocacy Center to provide these services to victims and their non-offending family members:
- Crisis counseling.
- Short-term trauma counseling for up to six months (may be extended).
- Personal advocacy services.
- Transition assistance to longer-term therapy, if indicated.
- Follow-up with the victim and family.
The Stabilization in Placement (SIP) provides program support to the child welfare system of care – foster care providers in Brevard County to provide clinical assessments, referrals and trauma focused counseling services to child victims of abuse and neglect placed in substitute care. Clinical services are provided to the child victim and their caregivers to support and stabilize these temporary placements. The Clinical Intervention Coordinators provide immediate assessment of needs, crisis intervention and trauma counseling to children and their placement caregivers by:
- Identifying and addressing any behavioral issues resulting from their abuse trauma and emotional distress related to their separation from the parental home and placement in substitute care.
- Assessing the child’s needs to include mental health, educational, medical, etc. with appropriate referrals. This step does not replace any existing referrals or services.
- Education for the placement caregiver on how to support and help the child.
- Providing Trauma Focused Counseling service to the child and Assisting the caregiver in identifying trauma symptoms and the appropriate response and support needed to manage behaviors and assist the child in overcoming the trauma of abuse.