Berkshire County Kids' Place has a mental health treatment team comprised of therapists who provide free trauma therapy to kids and their non-offending caregivers who have been affected by physical abuse, sexual abuse, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), and domestic violence.

Our mental health providers are trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), which is an evidenced-based approach that has shown statistical evidence in helping children, adolescents, and their non-offending caregivers overcome trauma-related difficulties.

TF-CBT is a multi-step treatment model that typically lasts between 12 and 24 sessions. The data suggests that it effectively treats kids ages 4-18 years-old, and their non-offending caregivers. The treatment steps include:

  • Learning about trauma (psycho-education)

  • Learning relaxation and stress-management skills

  • Identifying, figuring out, and processing feelings

  • Learning new and healthier ways of thinking

  • Discussing, and processing trauma experience

  • Sharing trauma experience with caregiver/chosen adult

  • Learning and practicing safety skills, and assertiveness training

 

Kids' Place mental health team also offers a variety of free clinical, support, and education groups on a regular basis. These groups include the following:

  • Mentoring Group

  • Internet Safety Group

  • Care for The Caregiver Group

  • Kid-Safe Groups (Sexual abuse prevention/education)

  • Kindness Rocks Group

  • Girls Empowerment Group

  • Kids' & Caregiver Self-Care Groups

  • Safety and support group for at-risk adolescents (CSEC Prevention/intervention)

 

If you are interested in referring a child/adolescent to our mental health department for services, please contact our Clinical Coordinator:

Nicole Laughrey LICSW, MSW

Clinical Supervisor

63 Wendell Ave.

Pittsfield, MA 01201

413-499-2800 x122

Cell: 413-441-1935

nlaughrey@kidsplaceonline.org 

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