The Child Witness to Violence Project (CWVP) provides free, specialized counseling, advocacy, and outreach services that focuses on young children, ages birth to 8 years old, who have been exposed to domestic violence, community violence, or other trauma-related events. Run under the Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, CWVP has provided therapy to thousands of children and their families since its inception in 1992.
The program is staffed by a multi-cultural team of social workers, educational and clinical psychologists, mental health clinicians, early childhood specialists, and a consulting pediatrician. CWVP implements both national- and state-focused training for mental health clinicians, health care professionals, police, educators, and many other social services professionals who work with children exposed to violence and/or experiencing traumatic grief.
- Developmentally-sensitive, trauma-focused therapy for young child that includes their primary caregiver
- Caregiver guidance and family therapy, as needed
- Advocacy/intervention to stabilize the environment of the child
- Case-related consultation to schools and early care and development centers
- Clinical consultation to clinicians and/or agencies working with young children affected by trauma
- Training to professionals and caregivers on a variety of topics related to early childhood trauma, the impact of domestic and community violence, and clinical intervention with very young children
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