Helping Children Before and After Disaster!

Recent Fires here in Northern California have prompted us to focus on helping children before and after disaster.

Click here to see what Child Haven’s Clinical Director, Michael Abrams and Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Larry Miller suggest to parents

More articles From the National Institute of Mental Health on Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters:

For Additional Resources go to this website: www.nctsn.org

Annual Holiday Luncheon, Toy Drive & Raffle

Tickets Available online at

https://childhavenholidayluncheon.eventbrite.com

or mail your check to: 

CHI, 801 Empire St, Fairfield CA 94533

More info: call (707) 759-2703

Child Haven has hosted our annual Holiday Luncheon – their longest continuous running Solano County Fundraiser. Now in its 29th year, the event is traditionally attended by over 200 community members. The Holiday Luncheon raises funds for Child Haven and collects toys to distribute to Child Haven clients in need.

For many Child Haven families the toys and other items received from the luncheon are the only gifts the children receive during the holidays.

Solano CARE Clinic Opens at Child Haven

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What is the CARE Clinic?

The Solano Comprehensive Assessment, Research and Evaluation (CARE) Clinic is an intensive early assessment and intervention program for children 3—6 years of age with ongoing developmental, social, emotional, behavioral, sensory, and communication challenges. This program connects children and families with tiered supports to enable them to overcome risk factors and have better opportunity for success.

 

 

CARE Components

  • Social Skills
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Self-Help Skills
  • Facilitated Peer Interaction
  • Social-Emotional Communication
  • Sensory and Motor Skills
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
  • Parent Education and Support

Referral Criteria

  • Ages between 3—6
  • May have developmental delays in any or all areas (e.g. cognitive, social, communication, physical and sensory)
  • May have co-occurring externalizing behaviors and/or social-emotional issues
  • Would benefit from ALL components of CARE
  • Involved parent participation and consistent     transportation
  • Commitment to attendance

Overview

Designed to run 4 hours a day, 5 days a week for 10 weeks, CARE is not an educational placement, but an intensive evaluation process. Participation in the clinic is voluntary, with our transdisciplinary team working to assess and offer recommendations for effective interventions to use with children at home and in future public school settings. Parent involvement is an integral part of the program including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and parent education meetings. The PCIT program works with parents and children together to improve the quality of their interactions and to teach positive strategies necessary to understand and manage children’s behaviors. In learning these skills, parents become better equipped to establish and maintain age appropriate limits and to decrease oppositional, noncompliant and aggressive behaviors.

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Child Haven is Now Hiring!

We’re opening a new office in Vallejo and a CARE Clinic in Fairfield.

We are hiring for the following positions:

  • Therapists
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Certified Clinicians
  • Intervention Specialists
  • Supervised Visitation Monitors

Click here for More Info.

You can see our job descriptions at job opportunities page.

Interested individuals may submit a resume and references to:
Hiring Manager, Child Haven
801 Empire St., Fairfield, CA 94533, or
jobs@child-haven.org
Fax: 707-425-5162

“B’s” Success Story

“B’s” Story

“B” came to Child Haven at the age of 13 at the suggestion of the Office of Family Violence Prevention (OFVP). “B” had been in therapy the previous year but the sessions were focused more on “B’s” behavioral problems rather than her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

When “B” was 11 years old, she witnessed her father shoot and kill her mother. Domestic violence ahd been an ongoing problem fro many years and ultimately culminated in the death of her mother. “B” attempted to process her trauma but instead withdrew, began skipping school and was unable to form a bond with her new guardian, her aunt. “B,” not satisfied with the outcome or focus of her therapy, quit. Six months later, as she prepared to testify in court, a member of the OFVP staff convinced her to try again. This time she came to Child Haven.

B's Story “B’s” therapist offered her a more systematic approach to  her therapy using  Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral  Therapy (TF-CBT). “B” met weekly with her therapist using  this evidence-based therapeutic modality which helped her  develop a narrative, identify her PTSD triggers, and equip  her with practical PTSD symptom (stress) management  tools. This approach also helped “B” foresee a future which  would not be controlled by her symptoms.

The Child Haven therapist was able to witness “B” build the courage to testify successfully in court, as well as give a victim impact statement in a controlled manner. “B” grew to experience a higher tolerance for her PTSD symptoms and eventually created a new state of normal. “B” will always miss her mother and may even, one day, grow to accept her father’s apology. She will also continue to have flashbacks of that horrific act that played out violently in front of her. However, she now knows she has tools to help her through dark moments and she has people around her who love and care for her. “B” also understands that trauma experienced by anyone, especially someone so young, needs to be treated, just like any other wound.

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