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Counseling is available to children and adolescents, ages 3-17, who have been victims and/or witnesses of relationship violence (physical, emotional, verbal or sexual abuse) or sexual assault on a case by case basis.
Counseling services help build self-esteem, teach new coping skills, and provide a safe environment to process traumatic experiences. Counseling involves building trust by going at the child's pace, allowing the child to choose what to say and when, and accepting the child and his or her perception of the world.
To seek services for your child or adolescent:
1. Call DCFOF 940.387.5131 to schedule an intake appointment. When attending the intake, bring in any applicable divorce decrees/temporary orders from the court that outlines parent/guardian ability to consent for counseling services for the child.
2. Parent/guardian can begin attending parent orientation as soon as they have completed an intake. Parent/guardian is required to attend a minimum of 4 parent orientation groups in order for the child to receive counseling. At the parent orientation, parents will receive information about the effects of relationship violence/sexual assault on children, learn specific skills and be supported by other parents who may be experiencing similar difficulties.
3. Your parent orientation group counselor will be available for any questions and will provide information on how to best meet the needs of your individual child.
Why are parents asked to attend orientation?
We have found that providing support and specific skills to parents is often more effective than individual counseling for the child.
Potential reasons for this include:
Child & Adolescent Counseling Services Include: