Without effective therapeutic intervention, child victims of abuse may suffer ongoing or long-term consequences that will impact them throughout their lifetimes. Therapy services, individual and group, are provided for children who have experienced sexual/physical abuse and/or neglect or witnessed a traumatic event, and their caregivers. Anyone may refer a child survivor of trauma to the Carousel Center for therapy.
Carousel’s team of therapists is experienced in working with children and has specialized training in several proven treatment models:
- Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Our clinicians are certified through the North Carolina Child Treatment Program (NCCTP). This is an evidence-based approach to treating trauma in children (ages 3-17) such as sexual, or physical abuse, domestic violence exposure, neglect, and more.
- Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) – is a short, evidence-based treatment for young children (ages 2-6) who are experiencing challenging, disruptive, or difficult behavior and for parents/caregivers in need of parenting assistance.
- Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) therapy for young children 0-5 and their parents/caregivers who have experienced trauma. Supports family relationships, and helps families heal and grow after stressful experiences.
- Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) is a short-term evidence-based early intervention for children who’ve been exposed to trauma to prevent the onset of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
- Problem Sexual Behaviors Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (PSB-CBT) is an evidence-based assessment and treatment program for school-aged children (ages 7-12) struggling with problematic sexualized behaviors, and their families. Offered in both a group format and individual family therapy based on the needs of the family. PSB-CBT strives to decrease problem sexualized behaviors and ensure ongoing success for the child ad family.
- Parenting After Trauma is a 12-week support group for parents/(non-offending) caregivers and child survivors, ages 7-16. Provided in a safe, supportive environment where they can discuss issues related to abuse of their child/ren and strategies for parenting after trauma. This is a free group education provided along with Coastal Horizons Center. Parenting After Trauma is not a therapy group, but rather an education program that provides information on topics such as; Impact of Trauma on child and parent; ways to increase physical and emotional safety for children; coping skills for caregivers and children; behavior and communication strategies that can make a difference; ways to help the family not only heal but to grow stronger; community support team resources that are available in the community.
- Therapy Dog In a further effort to minimize trauma to children, the Carousel Center uses a therapy dog to greet and wait with children and their families! Therapy dogs empower victims and provide emotional support. There is a body of scientific evidence proving dogs are the one animal that impacts our blood pressure and other health indicators in a positive way. Minimizing stress for victims and their families is consistent with our mission. Therapy dogs are routinely used at hospitals and recently started working at airports to alleviate stress for travelers. If you or your child are afraid or allergic to dogs, please let them know upon arrival, there is a special ‘dog-free’ waiting room.
How To Report Suspected Child Abuse
If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected, or if you think a child may have died from being mistreated, the law requires you to report what you know to your county’s Department of Social Services.
- New Hanover County: 910-798-3400
- Brunswick County: 910-253-2077
- Pender County: 910-259-1240
If you believe a child is in imminent danger call 9-1-1 immediately.
The Suicide Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line – Text HOME to 741741
Trillium Screening Triage and Referral – 1-877-685-2415