What we do

 

Children's Services

When a seven-year old Latino boy who checked out emotionally at random intervals day and night, our child psychologist from Children’s Research Triangle was able to break down his walls of terror.  He was finally able to cry out in his mother tongue why he was so frightened. He can sleep through the night without nightmares anymore.

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Because our goal is to end the cycle of violence in families, we place great emphasis on our children's services. When children arrive they may be very quiet and scared, afraid to interact with others, doing poorly in school, and have unstable relationships.

Studies show children from violent homes often suffer from sleep difficulties, regression, separation anxiety, and increased aggression, distractibility, and withdrawal. But we soon see the impact of our program as their depression levels and behavior change. Therapy helps children learn to express their feelings of fear, opening the door to recovery and increased self-esteem. They take developmentally appropriate steps forward in play and communication. Relationships between mothers and children and among siblings become more stable, supportive, and loving. Children who complete the program show improvement in social skills, self-confidence, and general well-being, increasing the likelihood that the cycle of violence will end.

Counseling and Addiction Services:   Our children have the benefit of on-site therapy services         provided by two agencies in addition to support from our staff members. Children younger than three are evaluated and treated by Early Intervention, a program offered through Child & Family Connections that assesses very young children for social, developmental, and emotional issues and developmental delays. Children age three and over are counseled by Children’s Research Triangle, an organization that provides clinical services for children with special needs or those who are at risk for developmental, behavioral, psychological or educational problems.

Depending on the family’s needs, the therapists also work with the mother and child together. Some children also participate in outside counseling, either alone or with their mothers. Families are entitled and encouraged to continue working with both Early Intervention and Children’s Research Triangle after they leave House of the Good Shepherd. Community Casework & Counseling provides bilingual counseling for women and children.