provides group counseling to “high-risk” children in San Diego schools and “Safe Touches” sexual abuse prevention workshops designed for children in grades K-3.

This program aids children deemed “at-risk” by the community agencies and the public school system. At the request of teachers, parents and school counselors, the CEP provides in-class workshops and group mental health services to support vulnerable children’s emotional stability and academic achievement. The CEP focuses on children, who are susceptible to trauma due to their prior history of abuse or neglect, experiences in the foster care system or loss of family members or friends through homicide, HIV or substance abuse.

Child Empowerment Group therapy aims to provide our clients with 1) the validation that they are not alone.  Oftentimes, children experience a traumatic event may feel alone and isolated. They often feel that they are the only ones who have experienced such an event. Our group promotes a sense of unity among the children and adolescents to validate that they are not alone in their struggles.  2) Child Empowerment Group therapy hopes to promote an environment of learning from each other. Clients will learn new ways of addressing problems in their life that have been created or maintained by their traumatic event. By being in a group, clients will be exposed to other perspectives on your problems that they may have never considered. 3) Clients will also experience what it feels like to give back to others.  Support and empathic responses will be encouraged between the members of our group. Clients will also benefit from the social support that is established at our group.

In addition, clients can benefit from the experience of others who have lived with symptoms of their traumatic event for a longer period of time or who have recovered from the effects of trauma. Further, just by being in a group, clients can learn some better ways of interacting or relating with others.


Types of groups offered:

  • Art group therapy for children (ages 5-11)
  • Art group therapy for adolescents (ages 12-18)
  • Teen group therapy (ages 12- 18)
  • Child life skills groups (ages 5-11)
  • Child Trauma Focused CBT (ages 5-11)
  • Adolescent Trauma Focused CBT (ages 12- 18)

Group topics can include:

  • understanding normal reactions to trauma
  • dealing with grief and loss
  • conflict resolution
  • stress management techniques
  • promoting healthy relationships
  • self-esteem; bullying prevention
  • teen dating violence awareness and prevention
  • anger management



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