Group Counseling focuses on meeting individual needs and goals in a setting with multiple clients at once. Group counseling has many benefits including: having social support, relating to other people, recognizing that one is not alone, minimizing financial payment, and seeing what has or has not worked for others.
Group counseling empowers many individuals with a common concern to express their problems, identify obstacles to overcoming these, and develop a plan for success.
These groups provide interaction with other people experiencing the same concerns, but in a therapeutic environment, with a professional acting as a mediator.
Survivors of Domestic Abuse
Support Groups for Women, Children and Adolescents
Services for survivors’ of abuse have also expanded considerably and include case management, support groups, and individual therapy for women and their young children and adolescents who are attempting to heal past wounds and make a new start in their lives.
The Center provides a secure place where the clients can process, explore, and define past abusive relationships; therefore, they will gain tools and methods to establish a stable environment for themselves and their families. The Center encourages the clients to evaluate their own personal needs, to which then they are supported to discover their independence, communal potential, and finally their TRUE SELF.
Sexual Abuse Awareness for Non-Offending Parents
The focus of this group is to provide therapy and support to the non-offending parent who has experienced sexual abuse to their child. The group provides therapy and education regarding sexual abuse behaviors, offender dynamics, and grief and family dynamics specific to sexual abuse. A significant factor in this group is to help the parent learn safety planning and red flags.
Following a fourteen-week curriculum, non-offending parents participate in group therapy to better understand their role in their child’s recovery from sexual abuse as well as counseling to help them process their own feelings and experiences.
- Provides a safe environment for the discussion of sexual abuse and its repercussions.
- Promotes awareness of the pattern, cycles, beliefs and behaviors associated with sexual abuse.
- Develops the self-awareness and self-esteem necessary for safe, healthy, trusting family relationships.
Domestic Violence Perpetrators Group
The Valley Family Center maintains one of the largest programs in the San Fernando Valley for perpetrators of domestic violence with 7 management groups for both men and women held each week. Clients learn to manage anger in relationships, and at work as well as road rage and other challenges.