Therapy Groups

We are the only non-residential facility in Larimer County offering group therapy for treatment of sexual abuse.

Our groups have proved to be an important and beneficial addition to individual and family therapies. Individuals and families can participate in ChildSafe groups even if they receive services from other therapists in the community.

Our regular groups meet once a week in the ChildSafe building (1148 E Elizabeth Street, Fort Collins). All Elementary and Middle School groups meet weekly throughout the school year. All other groups meet as specified above. ChildSafe therapists have specialized training in trauma recovery specific to sexual abuse survivors and their families. ChildSafe has been offering treatment to survivors and their families since 1986. Our groups have proven to be an important addition to individual and family therapies. Families can participate in groups even if they receive services from other therapists in the community. All groups take place at ChildSafe with child care provided during adult groups and classes. Start dates may be postponed pending a sufficient number of participants.

ChildSafe is a non-profit agency.

All groups and classes are being offered free of charge.

For information or to register for groups call Val Macri-Lind (970) 472-4133 Ext. 202

Child and Adolescent Groups

Female Child Victims 7 to 9 Year Olds - Pending Enrollment

For girls ages 7–9 who have been sexually abused

The purpose of these group is to help children heal from the effects of sexual abuse in a safe environment with the support and encouragement of their peers.

Topics to be covered:

* Bonding and Group Cohesion: The goal is to become acquainted with each other and the routine of group. Group projects focus on trust building, self-disclosure, group rules, and most importantly confidentiality.

* Communication: The goal is to teach assertiveness skills be used in group and at home. The concept of boundaries is discussed with an emphasis on who are appropriate persons to discuss various topics with, including their abuse.

* My Family: Explored here will be any losses that have occurred in the family due to the abuse, as well as changes in the family, both good and bad.

* Feelings: The goal is to develop a vocabulary for talking about feelings and to normalize a wide range of affect in our lives. The concept of mixed feelings will be explored.

* Telling Each Other What Happened: The goal of this unit is to reduce feelings of shame, and clarify issues of consent and responsibility. A variety of activities will be used including art; writing; role plays; and guest speakers.

* Prevention: The goal of this unit is to teach skills and reinforce attitudes that reduce the chances of being revictimized in the future. We will also explore group members’ past coping methods that hinder self-protection and the triggers that bring on those responses.

* Growing Up for Girls: The goal is to help members appreciate their own gender and to feel hopeful about the future.

* Good-Bye: An ending ritual will be provided in order that members appreciate their own and each other’s hard work and growth in group.

Group meeting times:

The 7-9 year old girls group meets weekly during the school year. It takes a year to complete the curriculum.

For more information or to register, call Val Macri-Lind, (970) 472-4133, Ext. 202.

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Female Pre-Teen Victims 10 to 13 Year Olds - Wednesdays 5-6

For girls ages 10–13 who have been sexually abused

The purpose of these group is to help children heal from the effects of sexual abuse in a safe environment with the support and encouragement of their peers.

Topics to be covered:

* Bonding and Group Cohesion: The goal is to become acquainted with each other and the routine of group. Group projects focus on trust building, self-disclosure, group rules, and most importantly confidentiality.

* Communication: The goal is to teach assertiveness skills be used in group and at home. The concept of boundaries is discussed with an emphasis on who are appropriate persons to discuss various topics with, including their abuse.

* My Family: Explored here will be any losses that have occurred in the family due to the abuse, as well as changes in the family, both good and bad.

* Feelings: The goal is to develop a vocabulary for talking about feelings and to normalize a wide range of affect in our lives. The concept of mixed feelings will be explored.

* Telling Each Other What Happened: The goal of this unit is to reduce feelings of shame, and clarify issues of consent and responsibility. A variety of activities will be used including art; writing; role plays; and guest speakers.

* Prevention: The goal of this unit is to teach skills and reinforce attitudes that reduce the chances of being revictimized in the future. We will also explore group members’ past coping methods that hinder self-protection and the triggers that bring on those responses.

* Growing Up for Girls: The goal is to help members appreciate their own gender and to feel hopeful about the future.

* Good-Bye: An ending ritual will be provided in order that members appreciate their own and each other’s hard work and growth in group.

Group meeting times:

The girls10-13 year old girls group meets weekly during the school year. It takes a year to complete the curriculum.

For more information or to register, call Val Macri-Lind, (970) 472-4133, Ext. 202.

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Female Teen Victims 14 to 18 Year Olds - Thursdays 4-5:30

For teen girls who have been sexually abused

The purpose of this group is to provide a safe and confidential environment in which teens can share their thoughts and feelings about their abuse while learning skills for healthy relationships and self-protection.

Topics to be covered:

              * Peer Relationships and Social Skills: Personal boundaries and values are explored; trust in relationships, self-respect, and safety is discussed.

* Communication and Assertiveness Skills: Different communication styles are presented. Communication problems are identified and solutions explored.

            * Sexuality: Accurate information about sex and sexuality is taught. Sexual myths and stereotypes are discussed as well as sexual attitudes, values, and healthy practices.

            * Feelings: Feelings about the sexual abuse are explored and normalized. Managing intrusive thoughts and feelings will be taught as well as healthy coping skills.

            * Perpetrator Characteristics: Theories regarding perpetration, the negative behavior cycle, and grooming behaviors are discussed.

            * Victimization and Family Violence: Factors that cause trauma, symptoms, coping styles and strategies for healing are explored. Violence in intimate relationships is examined with an emphasis on early recognition and self-protection.

            * Prevention: Strategies are practiced for recognizing dangerous situations and responding assertively. High self-esteem is encouraged and valued.

            * Healthy family functioning: Family roles, relationships, behaviors and practices that foster safety and empowerment are discussed. Healthy boundaries are encouraged.

Group Meeting Time:

This is an ongoing group. Members can join at any time. It takes a year to complete the curriculum.

For more information or to register, call Val Macri-Lind, (970) 472-4133, Ext. 202.

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Male Child Victims 8 to 10 Year Olds - Tuesdays 5-6

For boys ages 8-10 who have been sexually abused

The purpose of these group is to help boys heal from the effects of sexual abuse in a safe environment with the support and encouragement of their peers.

Topics to be covered:

* Bonding and Group Cohesion: The goal is to become acquainted with each other and the routine of group. Group projects focus on trust building, self-disclosure, group rules, and most importantly confidentiality.

* Communication: The goal is to teach assertiveness skills be used in group and at home. The concept of boundaries is discussed with an emphasis on who are appropriate persons to discuss various topics with, including their abuse.

* My Family: Explored here will be any losses that have occurred in the family due to the abuse, as well as changes in the family, both good and bad.

* Feelings: The goal is to develop a vocabulary for talking about feelings and to normalize a wide range of affect in our lives. The concept of mixed feelings will be explored.

* Telling Each Other What Happened: The goal of this unit is to reduce feelings of shame, and clarify issues of consent and responsibility. A variety of activities will be used including art; writing; role plays; and guest speakers.

* Prevention: The goal of this unit is to teach skills and reinforce attitudes that reduce the chances of being revictimized in the future. We will also explore group members’ past coping methods that hinder self-protection and the triggers that bring on those responses.

* Growing Up for Boys: The goal is to help members appreciate their own gender and to feel hopeful about the future.

* Good-Bye: An ending ritual will be provided in order that members appreciate their own and each other’s hard work and growth in group.

Group meeting times:

The 8- to 10-year-old boys group meets weekly during the school year. It takes a year to complete the curriculum.

For more information or to register, call Val Macri-Lind, (970) 472-4133, Ext. 202.

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Male Child Victims 11 to 14 Year Olds - Pending Enrollment

For boys ages 11-14 who have been sexually abused

The purpose of these group is to help boys heal from the effects of sexual abuse in a safe environment with the support and encouragement of their peers.

Topics to be covered:

* Bonding and Group Cohesion: The goal is to become acquainted with each other and the routine of group. Group projects focus on trust building, self-disclosure, group rules, and most importantly confidentiality.

* Communication: The goal is to teach assertiveness skills be used in group and at home. The concept of boundaries is discussed with an emphasis on who are appropriate persons to discuss various topics with, including their abuse.

* My Family: Explored here will be any losses that have occurred in the family due to the abuse, as well as changes in the family, both good and bad.

* Feelings: The goal is to develop a vocabulary for talking about feelings and to normalize a wide range of affect in our lives. The concept of mixed feelings will be explored.

* Telling Each Other What Happened: The goal of this unit is to reduce feelings of shame, and clarify issues of consent and responsibility. A variety of activities will be used including art; writing; role plays; and guest speakers.

* Prevention: The goal of this unit is to teach skills and reinforce attitudes that reduce the chances of being revictimized in the future. We will also explore group members’ past coping methods that hinder self-protection and the triggers that bring on those responses.

* Growing Up for Boys: The goal is to help members appreciate their own gender and to feel hopeful about the future.

* Good-Bye: An ending ritual will be provided in order that members appreciate their own and each other’s hard work and growth in group.

Group meeting times:

The 11- to 14-year-old boys group meets weekly during the school year. It takes a year to complete the curriculum.

For more information or to register, call Val Macri-Lind, (970) 472-4133, Ext. 202.

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Adult Groups

Mothers of Parental Incest Victims - Thursdays 6-7:30

For mothers whose children have been sexually abused by a parent or parent figure

The purpose of the group is to provide mothers education and support relating to the sexual abuse of their children. Mothers are the key to healing for the victim and family.

Topics to be covered:

* Module 1: Getting Started and Child Development (8 weeks) Coping skills; what mothers feel and need; the grieving process; child development basics and parenting traumatized children.

* Module 2: Victimization (7 weeks) How trauma affects the brain; symptoms of traumatized children; what causes trauma; trauma assessment; resiliency factors.

* Module 3: Perpetration (6 weeks) Facts about sex offenders; offender characteristics; multi-factor theory; thinking errors; negative behavior cycle; grooming techniques; clarification.

* Module 4: Healthy Sexuality (6 weeks) The basics- anatomy; fostering healthy sexuality in children who have been sexually abused; talking to children about sex; healthy sexual boundaries.

* Module 5: Healthy Families (7 weeks) Boundaries; family roles, relationships and behaviors that foster safety; letter writing to your child that helps with healing; healthy relationships; lessons to be learned from the relationship with the offender.

Group members may join at the beginning of each module. The group will be closed for the remainder of that module. It is best to attend all 5 modules, but members can choose to select only those topics they are interested in.

Group meeting time:

The Mothers Group meets weekly on Thursdays from 6-7:30 PM. This group is ongoing. Members can join at any time. Childcare is available.

For more information or to register, call Val Macri-Lind, (970) 472-4133 , Ext. 202.

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Caregivers Of Victims Abused By A Third Party - Wednesdays 6-7:30

For parents, grandparents, and guardians of children and teens who have been molested by someone outside the immediate family

The purpose of this group is to provide education and support that will help in your understanding of the effects of sexual abuse on your child and family, healthy coping, and tools to facilitate healing.

Topics to be covered:

* Grief and Loss: We will explore the five stages of grief and how they apply to parents of children who have been sexually victimized.

* Perpetration: Theories regarding perpetration; negative behavior cycle; grooming behaviors.

* Victimization: Factors that cause trauma; symptoms; coping styles; healing.

* Child Development: Stages of development and how sexual abuse can interfere with normal development; how to nurture your child through the stages.

* Clarification: Learn how to write a letter to your child that will help with their healing and help to alleviate guilt and shame.

* Sexuality: How to foster healthy sexual development in children who have been abused; how to talk to your child about sex; instilling healthy sexual values.

* Prevention: 7 Steps to Keeping Kids Safe (From Darkness to Light).

* Healthy Families: Boundaries; family roles, relationships and behaviors that foster safety and empowerment.

* Resiliency: Fostering resiliency; How to know when your child is “done” with therapy.

Group Meeting Time:

The 3rd Party Parents Group is offered periodically and runs for 17 weeks.

For more information or to register, call Val Macri-Lind, (970) 472-4133 , Ext. 202.

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Adults Molested As Children - 1st & 3rd – or - 2nd * 4th Tuesday 6-7:30 (alternating cohorts)

For Adults Molested as Children
Topics to be covered:
  • Safety and self care
  • Coping with triggers and past traumas
  • Analyzing beliefs about the abuse
  • Trusting ourselves and others
  • Regaining power and control in life
  • Rebuilding self-esteem, battling shame
  • Building healthy relationships and intimacy
Group meeting time:

The AMAC group meets twice a month. This group is ongoing. Members can join at any time.

For more information or to register, call Val Macri-Lind, (970) 472-4133 , Ext. 202.

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Beyond Consequences Parenting Class - Please call for our current schedule.

Beyond Consequences Parenting Class

Beyond Consequences is a unique, relationship-based approach to parenting traumatized children and those with attachment challenges. Parents are coached in how to help children regulate their emotions when they are “acting out.” When children expand their ability to emotionally tolerate stressful situations, behavior naturally improves.

The class is appropriate for biological parents, adoptive parents, foster parents, and kinship-care providers.

Some Program Topics:
  • Emotional Regulation and Dysregulation
  • Window of Stress Tolerance
  • Trauma and Memory
  • Lying
  • Stealing
  • Hoarding and Gorging
  • Aggression
  • Defiance


When:

Beyond Consequences is offered throughout the year, please call to find the next scheduled session.

Where:

1148 E. Elizabeth St., Fort Collins

Cost:
  • The class is free through a grant from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation
  • Book Included
  • Class size is limited so sign-up early!
  • Child care available with advance notice.

 

Email info@childsafecolorado.org or call (970) 472-4133 to enroll!

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