Children’s Advocacy Center
2855 Michigan St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Promoting healing through therapy.
Children between the ages of 5 and 18 who have experienced sexual abuse may be referred to the Center for therapy.
Short-term therapy services are offered on a weekly basis to address the trauma related to the sexual abuse. Ongoing therapy and services can be coordinated with external providers as needed.
The goal of therapy is to provide an affirming and safe space for families to engage in their healing journeys through client-centered, individualized treatment.
The following types of therapy and services are utilized; TF-CBT, EMDR, Body Safety Group, group therapy, and caregiver support groups.
Sexual exploration, play, and curiosity about bodies are natural components of childhood sexual development. In some cases, sexual behaviors pose a risk to the safety and well-being of the child and/or other children.
Child Behavior Screenings (CBS):
Children under the age of 10 who are demonstrating concerning sexual behaviors may be eligible for a Child Behavior Screening (CBS). During a CBS, a trained clinician will meet individually with the child to foster a conversation around body safety. The clinician will also meet with the caregiver and provide treatment recommendations following the results of the screening.
Phased-Based Treatment for Problematic Sexualized Behaviors:
Children under the age of 10 who are demonstrating concerning sexual behaviors may be eligible for Phased-Based Treatment for Problematic Sexualized Behaviors. It is a short-term, skills-based treatment that works with caregivers to manage problematic behavior while providing developmentally appropriate information about sex and sexuality.
For more information about body safety and sexual development, please see our resource page.
For more information, please contact the Center at email@example.com to discuss the next steps.