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Abuse Counseling

Abuse Counseling

Chicago Children's Advocacy Center (ChicagoCAC)

Counseling and other services for victims of child abuse.

Services Offered

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.


1240 S Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60608 41.8654132 -87.6768226

Service Options

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish


  • 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.