Child Trauma ServicesThe HOPE Program for Children and Teens
This program provides trauma-focused individual and group counseling for children who are considered primary or secondary victims of violent crime and are experiencing changes in emotions and behaviors as a result. Potential clients may include:
• Children who have lost loved ones to homicide
• Children who have witnessed homicides, domestic violence, or assaults in their homes or communities
• Children who have been indirectly (via a loved one) or directly victimized by the following crimes: assault, arson, physical or sexual abuse, bullying, burglary, child pornography, hate crimes, human trafficking, identity theft/financial crimes, kidnapping, mass violence, robbery, stalking/harassment, teen dating violence, DUI/DWI incidents, vehicular victimization, and terrorism
A child meets with a counselor for several individual sessions and then joins a group based upon age and individual trauma/grief circumstances. A group is usually limited to 4 or 5 children and meets for 8 weeks. Group meetings use interactive activities to engage the children on topics including safety, worry, fear, hurt, anger and victim vs. survivor thinking. Through these group meetings children learn to normalize their experiences, understand the feelings they have, develop new coping skills and identify personal support systems.
The HOPE Program for Children and Teens is free to participants. Counselors will meet with participants in convenient, community based locations such as schools, family resource centers or in the home. Transportation is provided if needed. Additionally, HOPE staff members assist families in locating and accessing other services as needed.
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For more information:
Lisa McGovern, LCSW
Supervisor of Counseling Services
2806 McGavock Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
Phone: (615) 352-3087