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DCAC is committed to providing a safe place for children and adolescents to begin the healing process after they have experienced criminal child abuse or witnessed a violent crime. DCAC's team of masters and doctoral level therapists and clinical social workers provide long-term, trauma-informed therapy to children of every age. Since child abuse affects the whole family, the services provided at DCAC are available at no cost to every child and their non-offending family members. When a child comes to DCAC for a forensic interview, they are eligible for therapy services. DCAC's Therapy 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. An example of this includes 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 has been 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 Sylvia Morris.