DCAC is committed to providing a safe place for children to begin the healing process after they have experienced criminal child abuse or witnessed a violent crime. DCAC's team of masters 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.
DCAC's therapists are trained in 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 therapies 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.