Art Therapy • Group Counseling • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy • Trauma Counseling • Child Sexual Abuse • Psychotherapy
The Mental Health Department at ChicagoCAC provides trauma-informed mental health counseling to children who have been sexually abused.
Therapists use the Attachment, Self-regulation and Competency (ARC) and Integrated Treatment for Complex Trauma (ITCT) treatment modalities to guide treatment. Through art, play, or conversation, therapists create a safe space for children to tell their trauma stories, identify and overcome challenges, develop positive coping skills, and build healthy relationships.
Each client receives a thorough trauma assessment that includes a clinical interview, observations of the client and his/her family, administration of psychological self-report measures and review of relevant documents. The therapist, client (if age appropriate) and caregiver/parent will meet to review the results of the assessment and complete a treatment plan that includes identification of specific issues and goals and a timeline to complete these goals. Treatment plans are reviewed with the family throughout the treatment process and modified as necessary.
- Referral from law enforcement and/or DCFS is required.
- Allegations of abuse must be substantiated by law enforcement and/or DCFS for a child to be eligible for counseling.
- Counseling services are available for ages 17 and under.
- Can work with children who are non-verbal.
- This service is free
- Children accepted
- Teens accepted
How to Apply
Services are available only with a referral from law enforcement or DCFS. Once a referral is received, staff will contact the family to schedule an appointment.
Wait list will vary. Support groups and phone follow-up are available to those on the wait list. ChicagoCAC is one of 22 agencies using a central wait list and can refer families to other agencies as appropriate.
Child care and transportation are available to clients as needed.
Appointments are scheduled no later than 1 hour before closing.