ACT’s Non-Residential Program provides counseling and therapy services to past and present victims of domestic violence and their children and survivors of sexual assault and their families including Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse.
This program offers individual counseling and therapy to victims and their children and a series of support and educational groups that are designed to empower the abused individuals and to assist them in making choices in their lives that will allow for happiness, growth, and safety. Support groups are psycho-educational; proportionally 50% support group and 50% educational. Individual and group counseling is extremely important for individuals in abusive relationships for several reasons; victims can learn how to end their isolation, gain self esteem, affirm themselves and know they are not to blame. Victims can begin to feel empowered through the support and education of our programs. This is important since victims in abusive relationships can often feel that the only person who cares about them is the one abusing them. Learning that other people care can break the chain of harmful dependency. The program also focuses on safety and assists clients in developing their own personal safety plan.
Some of the groups offered by the Non-Residential Program are as follows:
This group is offered on Tuesday or Thursday evenings from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. A ten-week commitment is required, as this is a ten-week closed group. This group is for past or present survivors of domestic violence, and focuses on domestic violence issues. Clients will first set up an initial intake session with a non-residential counselor to better determine if this group will meet your needs.
This group is offered for ages 35 and over and do not have the need for a child to attend a children’s group. The group is offered on Monday evenings from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. The group offers a similar curriculum to the above group for survivors of domestic violence. Clients will first set up an initial intake session with a non-residential counselor to better determine if this group will meet your needs. Day group is also available.
This group is offered to Insight and Sexual Support Group graduates. This is a ten-week closed group. The focus of this group is on building self-esteem, journaling, managing stress, exploring goals and values, and the dynamics of emotional abuse. This group is offered on Tuesday or Thursday evenings, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Day group is also available
This group is offered to 35+ Insight and Sexual Support Group graduates. This is a ten-week closed group. The focus of this group is on building self-esteem, journaling, managing stress, exploring goals and values, and the dynamics of emotional abuse. This group is offered on Tuesday or Thursday evenings, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.
This is a psycho-educational support group for past and present survivors of sexual assault. This is an ongoing group held in the early evening hours. This group allows the survivor to learn about the dynamics of sexual violence, and assists the survivor in the healing process. The solidarity of this group helps survivors to deal with feelings of shame, anger, and aloneness. An initial one-on-one intake session with a counselor is necessary to enter this group.
This is an educational group for family members of a sexual assault survivor. The group objective is to assist family members in a better understanding of their loved ones behaviors, feelings, and challenges after a sexual assault. The group requires a four-week commitment and is facilitated by a sexual assault/rape counselor. A meeting with a counselor is required for group attendance.
This group is for survivors of domestic violence that have completed or are waiting to complete Insight, Freedom, and Sexual Assault groups. The objective of the group is to continue education and support through information specific to the group needs. Special presentations will be arranged on a variety of topics to assist group members with daily challenges such as managing stress, parenting skills, self-defense, legal matters, etc. This group is every Tuesday night. Individuals can call for more information.
These are ongoing workshops held during the day or early evening for clients. The workshops will vary from two to three hours per session and include topics similar to the Journey group. The workshops will be held in a four-week session, meeting once weekly. ACT staff and community professionals will collaborate in providing these highly specialized trainings/workshops for ACT clients. Topics will include parenting skills, problem solving techniques & creative thing, civil and criminal processes, safety/self-defense information, car maintenance and repair, etc. These workshops require a one on one appointment with a counselor.
is also available to adult victims of child sexual abuse. The sexual abuse of children spans all races, ethnic groups and economic backgrounds. Sexual abuse is any kind of unwanted or inappropriate sexual behavior with a child, whether or not there is actual physical contact. Tragically, this kind of abuse is not rare; studies estimate that one in four girls and one in seven boys is sexually abused as a child.
Adult survivors may experience a range of emotions and effects that impact many aspects of their adult lives. Adult survivors may also experience other difficulties, such as not having anyone available to corroborate memories of the abuse.