Counseling: The beginning of the healing process

Every ten seconds, a report of child abuse is recorded, and almost five children die every day due to maltreatment, even though an estimated 60-85% of child fatalities due to abuse and neglect are not recorded as such on death certificates.

With the prominence of abuse in the United States, it’s clear that the problem must be approached on multiple fronts. That is why at Childhelp we’re committed to advocating for children through prevention and intervention education, providing treatment services and legal advocacy. Each of these efforts touch children and families across the nation in some way, perhaps counseling and treatment the most directly.

As part of our treatment program, Childhelp has residential villages around the Country that offer extensive counseling and therapy to help children find healing from the effects of abuse.

At each village, a team of mental health professionals greets each child upon their arrival equipped to develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to the child’s needs. While at the village, children receive on-site clinical services provided by Childhelp’s MDT under the direction of a staff psychiatrist. The children learn to love themselves and trust others through comprehensive treatment, including:

• Psychological/clinical therapy
• Recreational therapy
• Educational therapy
• Music therapy
Art therapy

Steady progress can lead a child on a new and healthier journey. While it’s always sad to see a child leave, each staff member strives to see a child discharged to a less restrictive, positive placement such as being reunited with his or her family, adopted, or placed with a relative or foster family, or relocated to a less intensive treatment facility.

While the professional counseling and care cannot erase the tragic events of a child’s past, it can begin the process of healing and create a home from which a child can emerge with a chance to succeed in the future.

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