Thanks to your generosity and a partnership with St. Vincent Catholic Charities, Caretaker Support Groups are now being offered to the parents and guardians of children who have survived sexual trauma in the tricounty area.
When a child discloses sexual abuse, it can rock the entire family system.
Early intervention for the child survivor is important, but many families are unsure of how to support their child(ren), and ultimately how to move forward as a safe and healthy family unit. Parent support groups are being provided to offer psychoeducation and support to families who have experienced sexual abuse. Licensed mental health therapists oversee the program and lead the groups, at times with a master’s level intern as co-facilitator.
You cannot heal the child without supporting the caretaker.
Group leaders will work to create a safe space to share questions, concerns and ideas to support one another as they navigate moving their family forward after sexual abuse. Members who have experienced sexual abuse themselves, will be supported/guided in how their experience may impact how they support their own child(ren), however, content will be kept within a group context. Some group topics or comments may trigger member’s personal experiences. Some individuals may benefit from additional individual support and will be directed to appropriate resources.
St. Vincent Catholic Charities has been a long time teaching agency with Master’s Level interns in the fields of Psychology and Social Work from a variety of universities including Michigan State University and University of Michigan. An MSW intern, supervised by a licensed mental health clinician will have an active role in the support group program.
For more information or to register for the next session, please call 517-242-5467 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.