PROGRAMS
& GROUPS

ChildSafe offers individual and group therapy designed to meet the emotional and educational needs of our patients and their families. We strive to help clients through their process of healing to ultimately overcome the damaging effects of child abuse and reach a point of recovery that will last. Led by trained therapists, sessions are conducted in a warm and compassionate environment to make our clients feel welcome, comfortable, and heard.

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

CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PROGRAMS AND THERAPY GROUPS

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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. View our Therapy Groups below 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. 

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.

CHILD AND ADOLESCENT THERAPY GROUPS

Girls 7-9

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.

Girls 10-13

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. Meets Wednesdays 5-6pm.

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 girls 10-13 year old 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.

Girls 14-18

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.

Boys 8-10

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 8-10 year-old boys group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 5-6 pm 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.

Boys 11-14

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.

ADULT PROGRAMS AND THERAPY GROUPS

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.

ADULT THERAPY GROUPS

Mothers of Parental Incest Victims

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.

Caregivers of Victims Abused

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:

Wednesdays 6:-7:30 PM. 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.

Adults Molested as Children

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

 
Beyond Consequences Parenting Class

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, Colorado

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!