Programs

For information on how to register, and what happens when you sign up, see Getting Started with our program or call our Executive Director Val Macri-Lind at (970) 472-4133, Ext 202.

We accept Victim Compensation, health insurance, and private pay. A sliding scale based on income is available. ChildSafe is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and doesn't turn families away because they lack financial resources.

Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Program (CSATP)

ChildSafe's comprehensive Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Program was developed to repair the damage done to young victims and their families. This is our largest program, serving 70-90% of our clients.

The goal is to replace the feelings of helplessness, shame, guilt, and anger with feelings of empowerment, strength, and protection.

Our program is outpatient and serves victims ages 2-18 and their non-offending family members. Treatments are a combination of individual, group, and family therapy as well as Neurofeedback which is a type of biofeedback for the brain.

Group therapy has proven very effective for many of our clients. Separate female and male groups are available for child and adolescent victims, as well as their siblings and parents/guardians. See the Therapy Groups tab for more details.

Where appropriate, we also offer play therapy and EMDR (a technique for processing distressing thoughts, memories, and feelings.

Our program has been very successful in helping clients overcome the effects of abuse. Families feel as if we have thrown them a lifeline. For some examples of our results, see Success Stories and Quotes about ChildSafe.

We caution parents that it can take years to recover from sexual victimization. It's not unusual for children to end therapy during one stage of development only to need a 'tune-up' years later. However, we assure our clients that we'll be available in the future to offer consultation or therapy if needed.

Therapy For Adults Molested As Children (AMAC)

Sexual abuse victims are at risk for psychological, emotional, social, and physical problems that can last into adulthood. But such adults can still be treated and helped.

ChildSafe has developed a program specifically tailored for adult men and women who were sexually molested as children or adolescents. We provide evaluation, individual, family, and group therapy for these survivors. The goal is to empower them with the skills necessary to establish a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

We've found that it's important for AMAC participants to have worked with an individual therapist, or be currently working with one, before they enter group treatment. This enables them to deal with the issues on a deeper level than can be done in a group where the time is shared. Additionally, any triggers for trauma can be identified and worked on in individual therapy.

See Quotes about ChildSafe for some of the things that our adult clients have said about their experiences with our program.

Parenting Class - Beyond Consequences

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 of the Program Topics:

  • Emotional Regulation and Disregulation
  • Window of Stress Tolerance
  • Trauma and Memory
  • Lying
  • Stealing
  • Hoarding and Gorging
  • Aggression
  • Defiance

Programs are offered periodically throughout the year. Please call (970) 472-4133 for the schedule, get on the waiting list, or to enroll. The recommended book is $15.00.

 

Treatments

 

 

Neurofeedback

WHAT IS NEUROFEEDBACK?

Neurofeedback, also called EEG Biofeedback, is a type of treatment that teaches the brain how to regulate itself on a nervous system level. A real-time display is used to monitor brain activity. Optimizing the functioning of the brain, and thus the nervous system, has many positive effects.

Neurofeedback is an important part of ChildSafe’s comprehensive approach to trauma treatment.

HOW IS NEUROFEEDBACK PERFORMED?

Neurofeedback is a passive and painless process. Three electrodes are placed on the scalp using rubbing alcohol and electrode paste. The electrodes do not put anything into the brain.

A movie or game is played through Neurofeedback software. When the brain is operating at an optimal level, the picture on the screen is big and clear. If the brain moves out of optimal functioning, the picture shrinks and it may get cloudy. The brain makes adjustments on a subconscious level that allow regulaton back to optimal functioning. The longer the amount of time the brain spends functioning optimally, the more flexible and resilient the nervous system becomes.

WHAT DOES NEUROFEEDBACK TREAT?

Research shows Neurofeedback helping with symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, seizures, and ADHD. In children, this may include addressing behavioral acting out, hyperactivity, and impulse control.

Neurofeedback also regulates the sleep cycle, helping decrease insomnia, nightmares, restless sleep, nighttime wakefulness, and fatigue.

Additionally Neurofeedback regulates physical symptoms often associated with trauma including chronic fatigue, bruxism, autoimmune disorders, fibromylangia, headaches, and other instabilities.

HOW LONG IS TREATMENT USING NEUROFEEDBACK?

The number of sessions can vary depending on the reasons for starting Neurofeedback. Twenty sessions are generally
considered one dose. However, it could take fewer or more sessions depending on the severity of the symptoms.

Unlike other therapies, Neurofeedback sessions can be scheduled up to several times per week. This can cut down on the duration of treatment. For example, twenty sessions that are scheduled at three sessions per week would take just over six weeks to complete.

The positive effects of Neurofeedback have proven to be very long-lasting, but certain situations may require additional booster sessions in order to maintain the benefits made from the original sessions.

WHAT IF A NEUROFEEDBACK CLIENT IS TAKING MEDICATION?

Neurofeedback training targets optimal brain functioning. Medications that regulate the functioning of the brain may no longer be needed after successful Neurofeedback treatment or they may be needed at a much lower dosage. It is important for anyone taking prescription medications to communicate this with his or her prescribing physician to monitor the most effective dosage.

EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), is an evidence-based method of therapy that helps traumatized individuals process disturbing memories, thoughts, feelings, and body sensations. The therapist facilitates bilateral stimulation of the brain through eye movements, tactile, or auditory stimuli while the client brings to mind the disturbing issue. Sets of bilateral stimulation continue until the individual recalls the issue with less distress and more positive beliefs about one's self. At ChildSafe, EMDR is used in conjunction with other types of therapies when the client and therapist agree that it is appropriate for a specific problem. For more information about EMDR, you can visit www.emdria.org.

Play Therapy

Play Therapy uses the natural language of children to help them express their true thoughts and feelings in ways that are most appropriate for their developmental level. ChildSafe has three dedicated Play Therapy rooms with the toys and materials children need to confront difficult emotions and find resolution and empowerment. The therapist is present to assess and understand the metaphors children express in their play and to help them to find solutions to their problems. Parents are sometimes present in their child's sessions and if not, the therapist is communicating with parents on a regular basis so that parents are given the tools to help their children heal. Research supports the effectiveness of Play Therapy with children who have experienced trauma. For more information about Play Therapy, you can visit www.iapt.org.

Individual Therapy

Most ChildSafe clients begin weekly treatment with an individual therapist. The client and therapist together set goals for treatment and the actual methods of therapy depend on the needs and issues of the client. Some techniques used at ChildSafe include Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; supportive talk therapy; sand tray; scrapbooks and letter writing; mindfulness; and other experiential techniques. Outcome measurements are administered at the beginning of therapy to measure symptoms. This creates a baseline for moving forward and tracking the effectiveness of the treatment.

Group Therapy

ChildSafe is the only organization in Northern Colorado that offers group therapy for victims and family members impacted by sexual abuse.  Group therapy allows the opportunity for members to meet and connect with other individuals to heal from the effects of sexual abuse in a safe environment with the support and encouragement of their peers. Group therapy has proven very effective for most of our clients. Separate female and male groups are available for child and adolescent victims, as well as their siblings and parents/guardians. See the Groups page for more details.

 

 

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