Victim Services Program

The Victim Services Program provides individual, family, and group therapy services, as well as advocacy, safety planning, and crisis intervention. Services are available for survivors of crime, as well as family members and loved ones of homicide/vehicular homicide victims, and children and non-offending family members who have witnessed domestic violence and/or community violence.

For those who qualify for services, there is no financial obligation for clients.

All services are supported by two grants: (1) The Massachusetts Office of Victims Assistance (MOVA) grant through the 1984 Victim of Crime Act (VOCA), which is funded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, and the US Department of Justice, and (2) The Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (CEDV) grant through the Department of Public Health (DPH).

Victim Services is a part of the Central Massachusetts Child Trauma Center/Massachusetts Child Trauma Center, and the Central Massachusetts Child Trauma Training Center. Our Victim Services Team utilizes trauma-informed practices. Victim Services clinicians have been trained in evidence-based practice that includes Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Both forms of therapy modalities are empirically supported forms of treatment for children, adolescents, and young adult clients who have been exposed to and/or have experienced some form of trauma.

In addition to therapeutic services, our advocate can support you in:

  • Obtaining financial assistance through Victim Compensation
  • Developing a safety plan
  • Navigating the legal process (including court accompaniment)
  • Connecting you with area resources that best meet your needs

Victim Services is also partnered with LUK Inc.’s Rapid Response Team, which offers specialized focused group services and referrals for treatment.


EVIDENCE-BASED TREATMENTS

What is Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)?

  • TF-CBT is a conjoint child and parent psychotherapy approach for children and adolescents who are experiencing significant emotional and behavioral difficulties related to traumatic life events.
  • It is a components-based treatment model that incorporates trauma-sensitive interventions with cognitive behavioral, family, and humanistic principles and techniques.
  • Children and parents learn new skills to help process thoughts and feelings related to traumatic life events; manage and resolve distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to traumatic life events; and enhance safety, growth, parenting skills, and family communication.

 

Who is TF-CBT for?

  • TF-CBT has proved successful with children and adolescents (ages 4-18) who have significant emotional problems (e.g. symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, fear, anxiety, or depression) related to traumatic life events.
  • This treatment can be used with children/adolescents who have experienced a single trauma or multiple trauma in their life.
  • Children or adolescents experiencing traumatic grief can also benefit from this treatment.
  • TF-CBT can be used with children and adolescents residing in many types of settings, including parental homes, foster care, kinship care, group homes, or residential programs.

 

How long does TF-CBT usually last?

  • TF-CBT is designed to be a relatively short-term treatment, typically lasting 12 to 16 sessions. Over 80% of traumatized children who receive TF-CBT experience significant improvement after 12 to 16 weeks of treatment. Treatment may be provided for longer periods depending upon individual child and family needs.
  • TF-CBT can be used as part of a larger treatment plan for children with complex difficulties.

 

What is ARC?

  • “ARC (Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency) is a framework for intervention with you and families who have experienced multiple and/or prolonged traumatic stress. ARC identifies three core domains that are frequently impacted among traumatized youth, and which are relevant to future resiliency. ARC provides a theoretical framework, core principles of intervention, and a guiding structure for providers working with these children and their caregivers, while recognizing that a one-size model does not fit all. ARC is designed for youth from early childhood to adolescence and their caregivers or care giving systems.” -Trauma Center/JRI (http://www.traumacenter.org/research/ascot.php)

 

SERVICE LOCATIONS

Youth & Family Center
335 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602
(508) 791-3261
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 am-7 pm, Friday 8 am-6 pm

The Lipton Center (Children Services)
100 Erdman Way
Leominster, MA 01453
(978) 466-8384
Hours: Monday & Friday 8 am-5 pm, Tuesday-Thursday 8 am-7 pm


The Lipton Center (Adult Services)
40 Spruce Street
Leominster, MA 01453
(978) 534-6116
Hours: Monday & Friday 9 am-5 pm, Tuesday-Thursday 9 am-8 pm


LUK, Inc. Crisis Center Response Team
545 Westminster Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
(978) 345-0685
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm

Spanish speaking clinicians available at Worcester and Leominster (Erdman Way) locations. English speaking clinicians available at all sites. Video/telephonic interpretation available for other languages.

 

CONTACT US:

Christine Sauck, Ph. D
Director of Victim Services
csauck @ communityhealthlink.org
(508) 421-4521

Elizabeth Nelson
Victim Advocate
enelson @ communityhealthlink.org
(508) 421-4501

To make a referral for you or someone else, please call Elizabeth at (508) 421-4501.

 

CHILD CARE INFORMATION

FREE childcare is provided for children ages 3 and up while in session (Worcester site only).

Childcare can be accessed from 2 pm-7 pm Monday-Thursday. We do not offer childcare on Friday at this time.

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