Sexual Abuse Recovery

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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