Youth Trauma Program at Saint Anne’s Hospital offers programs for children and families

Sep 13, 2016

Fall River, Mass. – The Youth Trauma Program at Saint Anne’s Hospital invites children who have experienced sexual abuse and other traumas and their families to take part in upcoming programs designed to help heal.

Established in 1984, the Youth Trauma Program is a collaboration of The May Institute and Saint Anne’s Hospital. It provides evaluation and counseling services to child/adolescent victims of sexual or physical abuse, neglect and those who have lost a loved one to homicide or experienced other trauma, including violence at home, among peers, or in the community. The program is partially supported by the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) through a 1984 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant from the Office of Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

The program services children and young adults, ages birth to 21 and their families. Services include individual and family therapy; trauma assessments; specialized counseling to children with developmental disabilities who have been maltreated; community outreach and education; and group therapy. The program also offers services to non-offending family members. All services are provided free of charge at Saint Anne’s Hospital.

Special upcoming programs include:

  • September 20-October 25: “Pete the Cat,” a feelings management group for children affected by trauma and their caregivers. This new weekly group is designed to help children, ages 3 to 6, with a history of trauma and their parents/caregivers recognize and manage feelings through stories and other tools. Based on the bestselling Pete the Cat children’s book series by James Dean, this free group is facilitated by a clinician specially trained in trauma-focused treatment. Time: 4-5 p.m. Contact: Megan Tavares, MSW, LICSW, 508-674-5600, ext. 2273.
  • October 4-November 22: Parent group. This group is designed to help parents build resiliency and promote healing for their children who have been affected by sexual abuse. This eight-week group is facilitated by a clinician specially trained in trauma-focused treatment. Time: 6-7 p.m. Contact: Jennifer Salem-Russo, MSW, LICSW, 508-674-5600, ext. 2283.
  • October 11: Grandparent Group. This ongoing group meets on the second Tuesday each month to provide support and information to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, as well as a comfortable place for grandparents to meet other grandparents and learn from their experiences. Time: 5-6 p.m. Contact: Jennifer Salem-Russo, MSW, LICSW, 508-674-5600, ext. 2283.
  • November 7-December 19: "Stop, Slow, Go." This group is for boys and girls ages 8-12 with a history of trauma and their parents/caregivers. The group will provide tools and tips for managing strong feelings in healthy ways through fun and calming sensory -based activities. Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact: Stephanie Sturdahl, MSW, LICSW, 508-674-5600, ext. 2281.

All programs are held at Saint Anne’s Hospital, 795 Middle Street, Fall River, and require advance registration by calling staff as noted.

For more information about the Youth Trauma Program, call Jennifer Salem-Russo, MSW, LICSW, clinical coordinator, 508-674-5600, ext. 2283.

Additional information, including a free downloadable brochure, is available at www.saintanneshospital.org/services-directory/pediatrics.

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  • Saint Anne's Hospital
    795 Middle Street
    Fall River, MA 02721
    Phone: 508-674-5600
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