Childhood Trauma Therapy
That’s one child every 12 minutes suffering physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect, often by someone they know and should be able to trust; most often in their own home. Thousands more cases go unreported, and the number of children and young people in out-of-home care is increasing. (Source: Australia Institute of Health & Welfare, Child protection Australia 2015-2016.)
At CPS we understand that the trauma of sexual abuse has enormous impacts on children, young people and their families and carers and we know that without specialist intervention the impacts of this devastating experience can be long-lasting.
In recognition of the devastating effects of sexual abuse trauma, CPS Therapeutic Services provides a specialist therapeutic programs for children, young people and their families/carers.
CPS works with
- Children and young people under 18 years of age who have been sexually abused;
- Children under the age of 10 who have displayed problematic sexualised behaviours;
- Young people between 10 and 17 who have engaged in sexually abusive behaviours.
The Therapeutic team utilises a whole-of-family approach. Participation of family members and carers in the therapeutic work is vital to the healing of the child or young person. We also acknowledge the devastating impact that sexual abuse can have on families and those that care for the child or young person by ensuring that they too receive support.
They use a range of therapeutic tools, mediums and interventions including play, puppets, painting, drawing, sand tray and other techniques depending on the child’s age and stage of development.