- 24-hour crisis phone line
- One-to-one support counseling*
- Referrals to supportive services
- Support at the hospital, court, or reporting to law enforcement
- Harassment Restraining Orders
- Orders for Protection
- Safety planning
- “Safe at Home” program
- Psycho-educational and support groups
- Human trafficking services
- Support for those involved in the sex industry
- Trainings for professionals
- Community presentations
*What is one-to-one support counseling?
Trauma-informed one-to-one support counseling takes a strengths-based approach to psycho-education. Keeping the survivor as the central focus, the therapeutic support that staffs provide empowers clients to regain control over their lives after enduring any form of sexual violence. Trauma-informed one-to-one support counseling is based on the recognition of sexual violence as a form of trauma. CMSAC Staff understand that traumatic stress, one’s social and cultural environment, and many other factors can impact a victim/survivor’s short and long-term responses to sexual violence. This awareness is used by CMSAC Staff to help survivors understand how their lives have been impacted by the abuse. It is also used by CMSAC Staff to support survivors in determining their self-defined goals.
Trauma-informed one-to-one support counseling uses various educational tools to assist victim/survivors in processing emotions and finding alternative solutions to problems. These tools are designed to support victim/survivors as they heal. Some of these tools include workbooks, guided imagery, writing, journaling, art, videos, books, articles, worksheets, and other psycho-educational activities.
The following topics are commonly discussed in sessions:
- Sexual violence
- Definitions and dynamics of abuse (e.g., sexual, physical, emotional, mental/psychological, verbal, spiritual, and economic)
- Self-esteem & body image
- Healthy relationships
- Feeling/emotion identification
- Flashbacks and triggers
- Emotional and physical safety planning
- Guilt, shame, and self-blame
- Breaking the silence/story sharing
- Media and culture
- Addiction and compulsion
- Suicide & self-harm
- Depression and anxiety
CMSAC Staff do not provide therapy, psychological testing or other related services.