Marriage & Family Services

Our Prevention Services are broken down into 3 different areas

  1. Sexual Abuse Prevention
  2. Drug Prevention
  3. Violence Prevention

Sexual Abuse Prevention

Darkness to Light – Stewards of Children

We have all become painfully aware of the prevalence of childhood sexual abuse in recent years. The professionals at Celebration Hope Center are prepared to equip you with the knowledge and skills that will assist you to prevent, here recognize, treatment and react responsibly to childhood sexual abuse. Stewards of Children is the only nationally available program scientifically proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child-protective behaviors.  The program is delivered by trained facilitators in a 2.5-3 hour video and discussion format that features commentary by adult survivors and experts in the field.

Who should attend? Individuals, organizations, businesses, and any responsible adult who cares about the protection of children should plan to attend.

What topics are covered?

  • Facts about the problem of child sexual abuse.
  • Situations in which child sexual abuse might occur.
  • Simple, effective strategies for protecting children from sexual abuse.
  • How to talk about prevention of sexual abuse with children and other adults.

The training will assist you in developing an awareness of the prevalence, consequences and circumstances of child sexual abuse and guide you in the development of an individual commitment to action via a personal prevention plan.

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Drug Prevention

Contact us for information on our Drug Prevention Program

Violence Prevention

Contact us for information on our Violence Prevention Program
Our Prevention Services are broken down into 3 different areas

  1. Sexual Abuse Prevention
  2. Drug Prevention
  3. Violence Prevention

Sexual Abuse Prevention

Darkness to Light – Stewards of Children

We have all become painfully aware of the prevalence of childhood sexual abuse in recent years. The professionals at Celebration Hope Center are prepared to equip you with the knowledge and skills that will assist you to prevent, ambulance recognize, and and react responsibly to childhood sexual abuse. Stewards of Children is the only nationally available program scientifically proven to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change child-protective behaviors.  The program is delivered by trained facilitators in a 2.5-3 hour video and discussion format that features commentary by adult survivors and experts in the field.

Who should attend? Individuals, organizations, businesses, and any responsible adult who cares about the protection of children should plan to attend.

What topics are covered?

  • Facts about the problem of child sexual abuse.
  • Situations in which child sexual abuse might occur.
  • Simple, effective strategies for protecting children from sexual abuse.
  • How to talk about prevention of sexual abuse with children and other adults.

The training will assist you in developing an awareness of the prevalence, consequences and circumstances of child sexual abuse and guide you in the development of an individual commitment to action via a personal prevention plan.

Sign Up For Darkness to Light

Drug Prevention

Contact us for information on our Drug Prevention Program

Violence Prevention

Contact us for information on our Violence Prevention Program

Seeking Safety

Seeking Safety is an ongoing psycho-education group for individuals working toward recovery from substance abuse and PTSD. The Seeking Safety group, working in conjunction with individual therapy, provides an additional level of support with a focus on Safety. The curriculum consists of 25 topics beginning with an introduction to recovery work followed by various topics such as thinking distortions, boundaries, coping skills and grounding techniques.

Adolescent Sexual Offender

Celebration Hope Center staff has been trained by a national expert to work with adolescents (12 to 18 year olds) who have sexually offended children or adolescents utilizing a strength and evidence-based program. We utilize a three-stage approach that helps teenagers understand:

  • why they have offended
  • learn healthy coping strategies
  • build safety plans
  • take responsibility for offense
  • learn and change thinking errors associated with offense
  • learn healthy sexuality and dating skills
  • understand long-term impact of pornography
  • develop victim empathy
  • work on restitution
  • participate in a clarification process and develop a final relapse prevention program

This program is victim centered and allows for reunification when the victim is able to do so.

Celebration Hope Staff works with individuals and their families that are self-reported and required by the court system.

Adult Survivors

When visiting New Orleans for the first time, people are often surprised to find out that caskets are “buried” above ground. Since New Orleans actually is a city below sea level, the caskets cannot be put under the ground, because they would not stay buried for long due to the water pressure. When Katrina attacked our community leaving a trail of destroyed communities and ravished lives, experts predicted that people would be unable to keep their childhood abuse buried away due to the enormous traumatic pressure experienced. How true that statement has become for our community!

Since Hurricane Katrina, the numbers seeking help for their childhood trauma, especially sexual abuse, has been profound. Fortunately, Celebration Hope Center received training in the early months after Katrina from Byron Kehlor, a leading trauma expert in the country, who taught the CHC team his 9 stage childhood sexual abuse recovery model that has provided hundreds of survivors with the opportunity to find real healing from the devastation of childhood sexual abuse. At any point, CHC staff is working with a minimum of 100 survivors doing intensive trauma recovery.

Childhood sexual abuse is vicious in its attack upon personhood. Especially when children are unable to expose their abuse, they are at high risk to lead lives that are destroyed on many levels by the abuse. Our adult clients come in struggling with a wide array of issues – depression, anxiety, PTSD, bi-polar disorder, borderline personality disorder, ADHD, dissociative identity disorder, addictions, sexual disorders, grief, relationship struggles, domestic violence, divorce, self-esteem issues, and, for many, a lifetime of continual sexual trauma. The challenges for working with these clients has always been – where do we begin in trying to make sense of and heal the damage done by the childhood sexual abuse. What has been phenomenal about having Byron’s model is that we now have a road map that successfully takes a client on a journey of healing that deals with all of the issues. When our clients finish this model, they are able to live healthy lives enjoying healthy relationships. One of our assessment tools used is the Trauma Profile by Dr. Patrick Carnes, which measures eight different categories of the manifestation of trauma in a person’s life, including trauma reactions, bonding, shame, splitting, numbing, pleasure, abstinence and repetition. When clients finish Kehler’s model, most of them have gone from high scores in multiple categories to many times complete zeros in each trauma category.

Adult survivors will work on the following issues in their healing journey: safety, family history, grooming and abuse process, processing of the trauma narrative, emotion regulation, healthy coping skills, shame, trust, sexual healing, thinking errors, boundaries, healthy relationship skills, sexual abuse prevention, spiritual possible offender confrontation and reunification, and forgiveness. Many survivors will have further issues to work on, such as sexual identity, sexual offending, dissociative identity disorder, sexual addiction and other mental health issues. This sexual abuse recovery journey is intense and usually requires at least a two year commitment that includes homework and group work.

Children & Adolescent Survivors

The latest research shows that sexual abuse is epidemic in our society. By the time that a child reaches 18 years of age, 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys will be sexually abused. Because we live in a post-traumatized community, the numbers are even greater in our community. Celebration Hope Center staff work both with children and adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse by an older child, teen, or adult. We utilize evidence-based models to help children and adolescents heal from their trauma. By receiving help when they are younger, survivors can avoid some of the long-term impact from sexual abuse. Sometimes children and teenagers will need more therapy when they are young adults; however, receiving help at an early age has been proven to be very helpful in reducing post traumatic stress. Carrying the secret for years proves to be toxic to sexual abuse survivors, so the sooner that the abuse is discovered the better for the sexual abuse victim.

For children, both Child-centered Play Therapy and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is utilized. Both models have been researched and proven effective in helping children become survivors rather than victims of sexual abuse. We have a play therapy room for our smaller children that include all of the toys needed to help children play out their trauma. Our staff has received training in both Child-centered Play Therapy and Filial Therapy, which allows the parent to be a part of the healing process. Children are encouraged to write or tell their trauma narratives. Parents are also educated on their role in the healing process. Children learn multiple healthy coping strategies, such as emotion regulation and safety from future abuse.

For adolescents, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is used, which is the number one research proven model for helping adolescents heal from their sexual trauma. Many experiential tools are utilized with this population, which includes sand trays, music, art, video games, and drama. Teens are able to process through their trauma stories as they work on their trauma narratives, as well as learn various healthy coping strategies for emotion regulation and safety.

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Seeking Safety

Seeking Safety is an ongoing psycho-education group for individuals working toward recovery from substance abuse and PTSD. The Seeking Safety group, ed working in conjunction with individual therapy, health provides an additional level of support with a focus on Safety. The curriculum consists of 25 topics beginning with an introduction to recovery work followed by various topics such as thinking distortions, boundaries, coping skills and grounding techniques.

Adolescent Sexual Offender

Celebration Hope Center staff has been trained by a national expert to work with adolescents (12 to 18 year olds) who have sexually offended children or adolescents utilizing a strength and evidence-based program. We utilize a three-stage approach that helps teenagers understand:

  • why they have offended
  • learn healthy coping strategies
  • build safety plans
  • take responsibility for offense
  • learn and change thinking errors associated with offense
  • learn healthy sexuality and dating skills
  • understand long-term impact of pornography
  • develop victim empathy
  • work on restitution
  • participate in a clarification process and develop a final relapse prevention program

This program is victim centered and allows for reunification when the victim is able to do so.

Celebration Hope Staff works with individuals and their families that are self-reported and required by the court system.

Adult Survivors

When visiting New Orleans for the first time, people are often surprised to find out that caskets are “buried” above ground. Since New Orleans actually is a city below sea level, the caskets cannot be put under the ground, because they would not stay buried for long due to the water pressure. When Katrina attacked our community leaving a trail of destroyed communities and ravished lives, experts predicted that people would be unable to keep their childhood abuse buried away due to the enormous traumatic pressure experienced. How true that statement has become for our community!

Since Hurricane Katrina, the numbers seeking help for their childhood trauma, especially sexual abuse, has been profound. Fortunately, Celebration Hope Center received training in the early months after Katrina from Byron Kehlor, a leading trauma expert in the country, who taught the CHC team his 9 stage childhood sexual abuse recovery model that has provided hundreds of survivors with the opportunity to find real healing from the devastation of childhood sexual abuse. At any point, CHC staff is working with a minimum of 100 survivors doing intensive trauma recovery.

Childhood sexual abuse is vicious in its attack upon personhood. Especially when children are unable to expose their abuse, they are at high risk to lead lives that are destroyed on many levels by the abuse. Our adult clients come in struggling with a wide array of issues – depression, anxiety, PTSD, bi-polar disorder, borderline personality disorder, ADHD, dissociative identity disorder, addictions, sexual disorders, grief, relationship struggles, domestic violence, divorce, self-esteem issues, and, for many, a lifetime of continual sexual trauma. The challenges for working with these clients has always been – where do we begin in trying to make sense of and heal the damage done by the childhood sexual abuse. What has been phenomenal about having Byron’s model is that we now have a road map that successfully takes a client on a journey of healing that deals with all of the issues. When our clients finish this model, they are able to live healthy lives enjoying healthy relationships. One of our assessment tools used is the Trauma Profile by Dr. Patrick Carnes, which measures eight different categories of the manifestation of trauma in a person’s life, including trauma reactions, bonding, shame, splitting, numbing, pleasure, abstinence and repetition. When clients finish Kehler’s model, most of them have gone from high scores in multiple categories to many times complete zeros in each trauma category.

Adult survivors will work on the following issues in their healing journey: safety, family history, grooming and abuse process, processing of the trauma narrative, emotion regulation, healthy coping skills, shame, trust, sexual healing, thinking errors, boundaries, healthy relationship skills, sexual abuse prevention, spiritual possible offender confrontation and reunification, and forgiveness. Many survivors will have further issues to work on, such as sexual identity, sexual offending, dissociative identity disorder, sexual addiction and other mental health issues. This sexual abuse recovery journey is intense and usually requires at least a two year commitment that includes homework and group work.

Children & Adolescent Survivors

The latest research shows that sexual abuse is epidemic in our society. By the time that a child reaches 18 years of age, 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys will be sexually abused. Because we live in a post-traumatized community, the numbers are even greater in our community. Celebration Hope Center staff work both with children and adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse by an older child, teen, or adult. We utilize evidence-based models to help children and adolescents heal from their trauma. By receiving help when they are younger, survivors can avoid some of the long-term impact from sexual abuse. Sometimes children and teenagers will need more therapy when they are young adults; however, receiving help at an early age has been proven to be very helpful in reducing post traumatic stress. Carrying the secret for years proves to be toxic to sexual abuse survivors, so the sooner that the abuse is discovered the better for the sexual abuse victim.

For children, both Child-centered Play Therapy and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is utilized. Both models have been researched and proven effective in helping children become survivors rather than victims of sexual abuse. We have a play therapy room for our smaller children that include all of the toys needed to help children play out their trauma. Our staff has received training in both Child-centered Play Therapy and Filial Therapy, which allows the parent to be a part of the healing process. Children are encouraged to write or tell their trauma narratives. Parents are also educated on their role in the healing process. Children learn multiple healthy coping strategies, such as emotion regulation and safety from future abuse.

For adolescents, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is used, which is the number one research proven model for helping adolescents heal from their sexual trauma. Many experiential tools are utilized with this population, which includes sand trays, music, art, video games, and drama. Teens are able to process through their trauma stories as they work on their trauma narratives, as well as learn various healthy coping strategies for emotion regulation and safety.
All of our Counseling services are provided by our Licensed Counseling Center – The Celebration Hope Center. We offer individual and group sessions for

Children

The Celebration Hope Center staff, who specialize in working with children, see children four and up. They work with various issues, such as sexual trauma, anxiety, depression, grief , divorce adjustment, and behavioral problems. We have a play therapy room so that we can provide Child-Centered Play Therapy. In CCPT, children are able to resolve issues through play. We even have Qualified Filial Therapists who can basically train the parents to be able to work with their own children to resolve issues. Therapists train the parents to be the agents of change.  Then the parents can transition working with their children at the center to at home.

CHC staff also has been trained in various creative therapies that work well with children, such as Sand Tray Therapy. When children utilize sand trays, they are able to process issues at a deeper level due to developmental issues regarding language and art skills.

CHC staff has been trained to utilize Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children who have been traumatized, especially sexual trauma. This model has the highest success rate of any model for helping children heal from the devastation of sexual trauma.

Finally, when CHC staff works with children, they encourage the parents to attend Triple P Positive Parenting classes and/or Scream-Free Parenting classes. CHC therapists will also do family work as they work individually with the children.

Adolescents

CHC staff work with adolescents struggling with multiple issues, such as sexual trauma, bullying, depression, anxiety, addictions, sexual identity, behavioral problems, and family problems. CHC staff use developmentally appropriate materials to build rapport with adolescents so that they can help adolescents resolve their issues. Many experiential and creative tools are used with adolescents, such as sand trays, art, video games, and music. CHC staff works with the parents and family as needed. Parents are encouraged to attend Triple P Positive Parenting individual or group sessions. CHC staff also uses Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with adolescents who have been sexually traumatized.

Adults

Adults can face all types of issues that can make life and relationships challenging. At CHC, therapists work with a myriad of issues with adults in individual, couple, family and group sessions. CHC staff help adults with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma recovery, sexual challenges, addictions, relationship challenges, and other issues that create havoc. CHC staff are trained in many evidence-based therapy models that assist in the healing journey for adults.  Therapists use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy, and many other models. We also provide integrated services for those who want their spirituality to be a part of their healing journey. Adults are able to work on many different issues at CHC at the same time by participating in one of the groups offered, such as anger management, marriage classes or parenting classes.

CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) Groups –

The CBT Groups encompass three, stand-alone, 4-week psycho educational groups consisting of 8 to 10 group members, led by licensed therapists and student interns. Groups are helpful for several reasons:

  • Help you to learn skills to improve your mood and your negative thoughts
  • Provide you with support from others with similar issues.
  • Help you understand that you are not alone.
  • You will learn many ways to use the CBT skills to deal with issues and feel better.

CBT groups help participants explore ways to change unhealthy negative thoughts by coming to understand the underlying belief systems that perpetuate them.

Anger Management –

Anger is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences. Problems arise when it becomes too frequent, too intense, leads to violence, or last too long. Celebration Hope Center offers an ongoing 15-week psycho-education open group, developed to help individuals learn various skills to effectively manage stress, identify and change harmful thinking patterns, and appropriately express the emotion of anger.

Couples

PREP –

Preparation Relationship Enhancement Program is the number one evidence-based marriage enhancement and divorce prevention program for couples. PREP is based on 30 years of research and helps couples learn the skills and principles associated with successful relationships. Because of that, PREP dedicates their resources to providing education for all individuals and couples who value the maintenance of successful, rewarding relationships with the people who matter in their lives.

Ultimately, when our relationships are healthy, we are more productive, more satisfied in all areas of life. CHC offers PREP as an 8 week/ 2 hour class to couples who want to improve an already healthy marriage or save a marriage in distress. Topics include:

  • Communication Danger Signs
  • Good Communication
  • Events, Issues, and Hidden Issues
  • Fun and Friendship
  • You, Me, and Us
  • Stress and Relaxation
  • Problem Solving
  • The Sensual/Sexual Relationship
  • Sharing Hearts
  • Supporting Each Other
  • Forgiveness
  • Ground Rules
  • Commitment
Prepare to Last

Prepare to Last is a class designed for couples who are planning to get married or newlyweds within the first or second year of marriage.   This ten week class covers topics such as: marital expectations, conflict resolution, communication skills, finance management, personality assessment, sexual and spiritual intimacy and other vital topics related to marriage. This class focuses on a healthy spiritual relationship that glorifies Christ.  The goal is for both personal growth and growth within each relationship.  Workbooks, videos, and face to face meeting help facilitate the key goals of this class.  Couples will attend class with other couples and then have weekly sessions with a counselor. Cost: $100 per couple (includes two workbooks, speaker/ listener card, personality assessment, DVD series given at the end of the class, and counseling sessions with a counseling intern).  Certificates will be presented to each couple upon satisfactory completion of the course requirements. Currently this class is held throughout the year at Celebration Church during their Collaborative Classes on Wednesdays at 6 pm. Call for more information.

Families

Triple P Parenting

Teaches parents of toddlers to pre-teens practical skills to deal with social and behavioral issues with children

This powerful, evidence based, program has been developed to provide parents with helpful information about positive parenting.

The series consists of three (3) seminars, each one is 1-1/2  to 2 hours:

  • “The Power of Positive Parenting”
  • “Raising Confident, Competent Children”
  • “Raising Resilient Children”

The seminars teach and reinforce helpful skills to enable families to be more successful at parenting and overcoming obstacles. The seminar series also assists parents who have specific concerns about their child’s behavior by building awareness of other Triple P programs. The seminars are designed to be presented once a week for three weeks, and are offered at schools, churches, and other community venues.

Triple P Parenting for Adolescents

The Standard Teen Triple P is an intensive broad focused parenting support intervention that is offered individually to parents with teenagers up to 16 years old.  This Triple P course is suitable for parents concerned about their teenager’s behavior, or who desire to learn parenting skills to promote the development and potential of their child.

Teen Triple P is designed to be presented to parents in 7 to 10 individual sessions. A comprehensive workbook, loaded with helpful exercises, is used along with the weekly sessions. Teens are invited to participate in many of the sessions.

Scream Free Parenting

This class serves as a practical, effective guide for parents of all ages with kids of all ages. It introduces proven principles for overcoming the anxieties and stresses of parenting and setting new patterns of connection and cooperation. It is designed to help parents become calming authorities in their homes, bring peace to their families today, and give kids what they need to grow into caring, self-directed adults tomorrow.

Triple P Level 5-Pathways:

Triple P Pathways is designed to give parents skills to better cope with anger without taking it out on their children. It also identifies 5 parent traps that parents commonly fall into and how to prevent and escape them including: the Blowing Your Stack trap, the You’re Doing It On Purpose trap, the You Made Me Do It trap, the You’ll Never Change trap, and the It’s Not My Fault trap.

The Smart Step-Family Group

Celebration Hope Center desires to deliver resources that strengthen families. We believe that strong families add to the health and stability of our communities and provide an environment for children to grow up with safe and secure attachments that provide the foundation for healthy relationships and marriages in the future. We also seek to address the complexities of blended families that create a different set of family dynamics that challenge the skills of those new families. Our answer to those needs is The Smart Step-Family, an 8-session small group resource that will guide you to become a healthy stepfamily.

Why should I consider The Smart Step-Family Group?

  • Approximately one third (38%) of all weddings in America today form stepfamilies.
  • One third of individuals who got divorced in 2008 were re-divorcing, that is, divorcing again.
  •  Only about one third of stepfamily marriages last until death do them part (60% of second marriages and 73% of third marriages end in divorce)

“While general marriage education programs are helpful, they don’t address the specific issues that lead to the 60-70% divorce rate in step couple marriages.”

Ron Deal,  marriage and family author, speaker and therapist.

What will I learn?

  • How to identify parent-child-stepparent triangles
  • Ghosts from previous relationships
  • Financial considerations
  • Stepparent roles and authority matters
  • Children’s loss and loyalty issues
  • Co-parenting dilemmas between ex-spouses

Who should attend?

  • Anyone who is considering blending two family groups in marriage previously impacted by death or divorce.
  • Anyone who has already remarried and want to strengthen their blended family.

The beautiful girls wants toBuy levitra too medicine. Though not usual. But helps almost all who in it sees a problem. But it is possible to refuse this medicine too, but it is not necessary.