Our on-site Child and Family Therapists help children heal from the trauma of abuse through various types of therapeutic practices. We have a full-time KIDS Center Therapist and four additional Therapists who work for Deschutes County Behavioral Health Services. All our Therapists are based on-site but can see children in Redmond and La Pine as well.
We use several evidence-based therapies approaches at KIDS Center including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) which focuses on helping children tell their stories and process their thoughts and feelings related to the abuse in a safe environment. This approach also provides caregivers with the information and skills needed to support their children during the recovery process. In cases of acute trauma, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is another commonly used approach at KIDS Center. When trauma occurs, memories are stored in the brain in ways that can be inaccessible. EMDR uses a structured approach to address past, present, and future aspects of these disturbing memories thereby facilitating healing from trauma. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is another example of therapies offered at KIDS Center. This approach focuses on coaching parents through a “bug in the ear” on using positive parenting techniques during challenging moments with their young children.
Play therapy is one of the most powerful ways we can help children. Drawing, playing with toys, using a sand tray and playing therapeutic games all help a child feel safe, comfortable and able to open up to how they feel. All our therapy sessions are tailored to the child’s developmental age and are focused on working with the child’s current behavior, concerns and challenges.
At KIDS Center, we firmly believe that working within the family system to facilitate support and continued care is essential for a child to heal from abuse. With an emphasis on building strong attachments and nurturing home environments, our Therapists also provide family therapy and case management services to help reduce any barriers to recovery and connect caregivers with the resources they need. Another example of our whole family approach includes our Bridges to Healing Program designed for children who are victims of intrafamilial sexual abuse and their family members. This program involves weekly support groups for child victims, their siblings, and their non-offending caregivers. These groups are trauma-focused in nature and designed to address and reduce the stress and loss often experienced following a child’s disclosure of abuse by a close family member. Caregivers are also coached on ways to emotionally support their children while managing their own secondary trauma following disclosures of sexual abuse.