How do we treat child abuse victims?

Our treatment services include:

  • Assessment
  • Individual counseling for victims
  • Group counseling for victims
  • Individual counseling for young sex offenders
  • Group counseling for young sex offenders

Holistic treatment services of child sexual abuse victims include individual, group and family counseling. Counseling services are conducted within CPTCSA counseling-focused facilities or facilitating organizations that provides other services required, such as safe housing, educational tuition, income generating assistance, skills trainings and other case management services.

Counseling services are guided by the social work person-in-environment and Caring-Healing-Teaching frameworks, Rational Emotive Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and non-directive therapies. Counseling services are age, gender and culture-appropriate.

Referral and admission

Referrals are taken from individuals, walk-ins, or institutions. All referrals must go through an initial interview and assessment prior to being accepted for counseling, based on the program’s ability to provide for the needs of that particular child.

All qualified clients will be accepted regardless of ability to pay. However, when possible, clients will be charged on a sliding scale (socialized scale).

*NOTE: When clients are referred by institutions such as shelters or other services where the agency social worker also provides care to the client, it is necessary to define the roles of CPTCSA with the referring agencies. This may be done orally or through a written MOA.

Referring agency’s social worker must meet first with CPTCSA before bringing the client for intake.

A minimum requirement for referrals is a case intake, and a case study is preferred. As much as possible the client should not have to repeat information. The referring agency should not use CPTCSA as an assessment agency for new cases. CPTCSA can provide assessment, but it must be as the beginning of the entire counseling service. For this reason, the referring social worker should provide as much information as possible prior to CPTCSA meeting the client, including sharing everything already gathered (medical, psycho-social, academic, family history).

Any referring agency with a social worker is a potential co-counselor in the treatment of their client. Thus the referring social worker must be briefed about their role in counseling. CPTCSA will screen each such social worker for skills and other readiness issues in order to best serve the interest of the child. Participation in the counseling will be included in the MOA.

The co-counselor acts as a participating “assistant” to the CPTCSA counselor. The CPTCSA counselor is the one who makes the plans and leads the sessions, but the co-counselor must be prepped regarding the plans and what tasks are the co-counselor’s tasks for any given session. For example, in cases of emergencies or when a child leaves the room (this is related to group counseling), the co-counselor will be the one to accompany the child outside while the lead counselor continues the session. In individual counseling, the co-counselor will be the one to follow-up with the child in the shelter or at home within the treatment plans of the lead counselor. All contacts will then be documented and placed in the client’s case file.