Who can receive counseling through the Trauma Recovery Initiative?
Kids ages 10 to 14 who have suffered abuse or neglect. They may have already been removed from their homes for their own safety, or they may be at risk of being removed from their homes to protect their safety.
How is this different from traditional counseling?
This program focuses specifically on kids who've endured severe trauma. Our compassionate, experienced counselors work with youth to help them work through their pain so they can find hope, security and stability.
We also encourage foster parents, adoptive parents, relatives and biological parents to get involved with the child's healing process, and we offer a special training for these adults called Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy intervention. As children cope with their pain and losses, it can take an entire support team to help them through the process.
For kids who may not be able to safely return home during their teenage years, we also offer counseling and guidance so they can prepare for adulthood when they exit foster care at age 18.
What's the goal?
Kids who've been abused or neglected suffer from very complex traumas. Our goal is to reduce the harmful consequences of these experiences and to help youth cope with and work through the pain they've endured.
How do you know it works?
We continually evaluate our program and its success. Our approach is tailored to meet the unique and specific needs of traumatized kids in Pensacola and the Western Panhandle. We focus on what's best for each child, and we follow up with our families to make sure the program works.
Are other organizations involved in the Trauma Recovery Initiative?
Yes! The Trauma Recovery Initiative is part of our Kugelman Counseling Program here at Children's Home Society of Florida. We're also collaborating with the Department of Child & Family Studies at the University of South Florida, in cooperation with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.