Children’s Prevention & Education Program
This East Texas Crisis Center program helps children cope with the emotional trauma of their past experience of violence and abuse in the home and adapt more positive social interaction skills. Special emphasis is given to the academic performance of school age children. Early Childhood Education classes are provided to three, four and five year old children to prepare them for success in kindergarten classroom setting. Additionally, working with parents through specialized parenting classes and engaging in one-on-one intervention encourages healthy interactions and better quality of life for both parent and child alike, even after direct services have ended. Pursuing these goals minimizes the risk factor for children to prevent abusive relationships later in life, as either victims or perpetrators.
Children’s & Family Therapy Program
The Family Violence Counseling Program at the East Texas Crisis Center (ETCC) is focused on providing trauma-informed counseling services that promote emotional and mental health, all the while supporting victims and survivors of domestic violence. The evidence-based trauma-informed approach is sensitive to the individual, family, and child. It works to connect the relation between traumatic experiences and the clients’ current struggles. Through our program, counseling services are provided to families and individuals with the objective of alleviating the effects of exposure to domestic violence; specifically, the trauma that families, particularly children, develop due to their exposure to abuse (physical, emotional/psychological, sexual), neglect and/or drug use. We work to repair the lasting developmental delays, inability to regulate emotions, and disadvantaged social skills. The program seeks to use counseling sessions to foster constructive interactions among mother and children to improve family interaction and communication.
Safety & Self-Sufficiency Program
The purpose of our program at the East Texas Crisis Center is two-fold: SAFETY FIRST then SELF-SUFFICIENCY. Our program’s objective is to increase access to support systems and legal services that will increase the safety of families and provide long term alternatives to their abusive relationships through crisis intervention counseling and support groups. Domestic violence is best understood as a pattern of abusive behaviors that include physical, sexual, and psychological attacks as well as economic coercion used by one intimate partner against another to gain, maintain, or regain power and control in the relationship. SELF-SUFFICIENCY: The purpose of job counseling and economic education classes is to guide women toward job readiness and improve skills for economic independence and autonomy through education and counseling. Economic self-reliance is the key component of preventing the return to an abusive relationship.
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