Mental Health Services
The Child Advocacy Center provides a safe place for children and their families to begin the healing process after experiencing child abuse or witnessing a violent crime. Part of our multidisciplinary team response includes access to trauma assessment and specialized trauma focused mental health services for child victims and non-offending family members.
Child Advocates provide referral information to community mental health providers who have training in trauma-focused, evidence-based therapy models. The Child Advocacy Center also partners with mental health providers to provide services on-site through Project SAFE and Lutheran Family Services.
Project SAFE is part the Psychological Consultation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Doctoral students in the Clinical Psychology Training Program serve as therapists for Project SAFE and are supervised by licensed clinical psychologists. Project SAFE services are offered free of charge and provided at the Child Advocacy Center.
Project SAFE (Sexual Abuse Family Education) is a standardized treatment program for sexually abused youth and their non-offending family members. Children who are abused often experience a variety of emotional and behavioral reactions and benefit from opportunities to discuss their feelings and experiences. In addition to helping their child through these challenges, caregivers often deal with their own feelings about what happened and benefit from the opportunity to share their experiences.
Four treatment options are available through Project SAFE:
- Project SAFE Parent Support and Education Session
- Project SAFE Brief Family Intervention
- Project SAFE Group Treatment
- Project SAFE Sibling Group Treatment
Your CAC Advocate may help refer you for Project SAFE services. For more information please call the Project SAFE Clinical Coordinator at 402.472.2351 (Psychological Consultation Center) or 402.476.3200 (Child Advocacy Center). You may also visit https://psychology.unl.edu/childmaltreatmentlab/project-safe
Lutheran Family Services
At Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, therapists specialize in treating children of all ages and their families. Therapy is provided for those experiencing behavioral or mental health issues, substance use concerns, and trauma-related issues with specific programming related to those impacted by child sexual abuse.
All therapists are trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and services are geared towards helping those impacted by trauma to heal and lead healthier lives. Lutheran Family Services offer services at the Child Advocacy Center and other locations throughout Nebraska. Their therapy services include:
- Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
- Circle of Security Parent Training
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
- Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Your CAC Advocate may help refer you to a Lutheran Family Services therapist. Please visit https://www.lfsneb.org/service-type/behavioral-health/ for more information.