The Children’s Safety Project (CSP) was established in 1987 to provide counseling and other support services to children and families that have been affected by physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence, and other violent crimes. The scope of the program has since been expanded to encompass other traumatic events and losses. Services are provided for children of all ages, adolescents, young adults and non-offending family members.
CSP incorporates multiple therapies and techniques in treatment, and services are available in both English and Spanish. Depending on the child’s particular situation and level of development, a variety of approaches may be use. These may include:
Children who are not yet old enough to formulate their thoughts and feelings in words are able to express themselves powerfully through the language of play. Using evocative materials that include dolls, puppets, miniatures, building toys, doctor kits and art supplies, they are able to share their concerns and tell us how they view their world. In turn, the therapist is able to use the play to communicate understanding and help the child towards new ways of thinking and behaving.
In these safe and objective sessions, children are able to play, make art and talk about their experiences and feelings to help them feel better.
An evidence-based program that addresses child-parent attachment for children from infancy to seven years of age in the wake of abuse and trauma.
Family Therapy in Combination With Individual Therapy
Abuse and domestic violence have an impact on everyone in the family. Family therapy can help the non-offending family members understand each other’s responses to what has occurred, and teach them new and better ways of relating to one another.
Parent Support in Combination With Individual Therapy
Non-offending parents play an integral role in treatment. They are seen for ongoing counseling, telephone guidance, and occasional family sessions in order to help them understand and address the impact that abuse and domestic violence has had on their children’s lives. In some situations, parents may be provided with an individual therapist of their own in order to help them deal with their own personal responses to trauma.
Group members who have had similar experiences are able to provide support for one another while learning about new ways to cope with their ongoing life challenges.
Through the process of creating art, individuals can be helped to increase their awareness and understanding, and learn how to cope with stress and traumatic experiences.
Children are able to express their thoughts and feelings outwardly through music by writing songs, improvisation, music and movement, and discussing music.
An annual group program for children ages 5-10 to express themselves through the non-threatening medium that is music and visual art.
Additional services include advocacy on behalf of patients to ensure that children recover under conditions of safety and security by collaborating with the legal system, child protection system, foster care workers, schools and other provides, along with community and professional education to external groups.
The caring therapists at CSP make an assessment of each family’s unique needs and plan an individualized program that may incorporate one or more treatment methods. The focus is always on using each family’s strengths to promote healing and empowerment. Fees for Children’s Safety Project services are calculated on a sliding scale. Insurance is accepted. Greenwich House provides services to all families regardless of their ability to pay.
Contact us online or call 917-261-4598 ext. 232 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
The Children’s Safety Project is generously supported by:
The Wasily Family Foundation
The Clara & Kurt Hellmuth Foundation
New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
CME Group Community Foundation