Effective therapeutic intervention can help address the immediate and long-term adverse social, emotional, developmental, and health outcomes that victims of child abuse and exploitation may suffer. Family members also may benefit from mental health services so they have the capacity to support the child's recovery, provide ongoing protection, and address the stress the entire family may experience following a child's disclosure.
The Middlesex CAC encourages all victims and non-offending family members to seek evidence-based, trauma-focused mental health treatment services.
Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) is a short-term, early intervention for children and their caregivers developed by the Yale Child Study Center. The goal is to decrease traumatic stress reactions and prevent the onset of PTSD.
Our Mental Health Clinician offers this service in our Woburn Office for children aged 7-18 who have recently experienced or disclosed a potentially traumatic event, such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, family violence, or community violence.
Referrals for Community-based Services:
The victim witness advocate (VWA) will provide you with a list of referrals tailored to your clinical, financial, geographic, linguistic, and cultural needs.
The VWA also can assist you apply for the Victim Compensation Fund that may reimburse you for out-of-pocket crime-related expenses, including mental health treatment.
Use the menu to the left for a list of referrals for mental health services in your community.