Services to help children and teens stay safe
Light of Hope Program: 701-746-8900 or toll-free 866-746-8900
Crisis intervention: 24-hour crisis line and intervention; youth advocate available for safety planning and supportive listening; and help obtaining assistance from other professionals. Contact us locally at (701) 746-8900 or toll-free at (866) 746-8900.
You may have concerns about calling our crisis line. We have included frequently asked questions that a minor may have:
- What information do I have to provide?
You can choose to provide your name and age or you can choose to be anonymous. Giving us your age, if you are comfortable doing so, will be helpful since some of our services are age specific. You are able to receive support without telling the crisis line worker your name or age.
- Will you tell anyone what I tell you?
No, although there are few situations that we can’t keep confidential. All of our crisis line workers are mandated reporters who have to report any suspicion of child abuse or neglect (including seeing domestic violence in your home) to social services. They will also have to report if they suspect that you are in danger of harming yourself or anyone else.
- Will you tell my parents what I tell you?
No, unless you discuss any of the situations where we have to because we are mandated reporters. For example, if you are being abused or neglected, if you are in danger of harming yourself or anyone else, we may have to tell someone. Crisis line workers may encourage you to discuss difficult situations with your parents if you feel that your parents are supportive of you, but in the end, it is your choice.
- What do you do with the information I give you?
We make a file. In it we keep information about your name, age, phone number and so on. We also keep a summary of the conversation you had with the crisis line worker in your file. Your file is kept in a locked location to protect your privacy.
Shelter: Along with your supportive parent, safe refuge from violence and support through our Light of Hope Shelter is available.
Protection/restraining orders: Assistance in obtaining court orders that restrict the abuser’s contact with you in cases of dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and related situations.
Legal representation: Legal advocacy and representation in protection order cases, as well as other civil cases.
Community connections: Help to obtain medical attention and community services.
Kids First Program - 701-787-5806
Supervised visits and exchanges of children: Safe visits between children and caregivers who may be a risk to their safety and supervised exchanges to ensure no contact between parents when needed.
Pathways Toward Justice Program - 701-746-0405
Criminal Justice Advocacy: Assistance and information will be provided to you if the abuser/offender is charged with a crime.
Services to help children and teens heal
Light of Hope Program: 701-746-0405
Evidence-based therapies are based on research that is proven to help children and teens overcome the effects of trauma from the violence they have experienced. The types of evidence-based therapies we offer include:
- Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
TF-CBT is a form of therapy for children and teens who are experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties because of traumatic events like dating violence, exposure to domestic violence, sexual assault, or bullying. In TF-CBT a child or teen will meet on his/her own with a therapist, but a supportive parent is part of the process and will sometimes visit with you and your therapist in session. Sometimes these events can be very difficult to deal with on your own, and TF-CBT can give you and your parent some tools to help you move on from the traumatic experiences you have had. You start by learning information about trauma and how it can affect people, you learn relaxation skills, and learn about your emotions and thoughts related to the negative event. When your therapist and you both feel like you have enough tools to be able to calm yourself, you will begin working on a "narrative." This is where you write about what happened to you. Remember, by this time, you will have learned a lot of things to help you cope with writing about it. After writing it you will process through what you wrote; this just means that you and your therapist will talk more about it. Kids and teens who go through TF-CBT often feel less anxious, less depressed and better about themselves.
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
This powerful new technique has been very successful in helping children/youth ages 12-18 who suffer from trauma, which has caused his/her brain to go on overload. When a person experiences trauma, his or her brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes “frozen in time,” and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells and feelings haven’t changed. EMDR Therapy uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or text tactile stimulation, which repeatedly activates the opposite side of the brain, releasing emotional experiences that are “trapped” in the nervous system and activating the natural healing process.
- Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress Group (SPARCS)
SPARCS is a 16-session group intervention designed for chronically traumatized adolescents who are living with ongoing stress and experiencing problems in several areas. Some of these include difficulties managing their feelings, a tendency to act impulsively, a negative self-perception, and struggles with their relationships and understanding their purpose and meaning of life. The group helps teens to cope more effectively in the moment, to connect with others and establish supportive relationships, to cultivate awareness, and to create meaning in their lives. Group members learn and practice core skills, such as mindfulness and breathing exercises, throughout the intervention and frequently report that they successfully continue to use the skills outside of the group.
- Children’s Group
Group therapy helps kids 5-12 exposed to domestic violence to heal from trauma, increase safety, build self-esteem, share their experiences, learn that they are not alone, identify sources of worry and concern, and learn new strategies for problem-solving and healthy coping skills.
CVIC also offers support groups for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and for caregivers whose children have been victims of sexual violence.
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