Children’s Enrichment Center
While parents are receiving services, WID provides on-site supervision of children. In addition to providing a safe environment for all ages, the Children’s Enrichment Center encourages healthy interaction with peers, promotes non-violent conflict resolution, and provides an overall sense of well-being which can be instrumental to the emotional wellness of child survivors.
The Children Enrichment Center also provides supervision of children for survivors who are seeking and/or maintaining employment. This crucial service reduces barriers to survivor’s financial success and provides children with a positive, developmentally appropriate, supportive environment to learn and grow.
Even when children don’t see domestic abuse, they usually know it’s happening. It can affect them deeply. More than 50% of families experiencing domestic abuse occur in households with children under 12. These children are more likely to exhibit behavioral issues and mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, and violence toward peers.
The Child and Family Therapists of Women In Distress provide an array of services including filial therapy for infants and caregivers, family therapy, and individual therapy services for children based on their development from ages 4 to 17. Utilizing evidence-based models such as Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Adlerian Play Therapy (APT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
A primary area of focus for the Women In Distress Child & Family Therapy program is infant mental health. Filial Therapy is a psychoeducational, child-centered therapy that focuses on the parent-child relationship. Young children who experience trauma, such as domestic violence, struggle with attachment and bonding. With the help of the Child and Family Therapist, parents learn how to interact and play with their child to improve and strengthen their relationship. Through observation of the parent-child interactions, play therapy techniques, and supportive parental guidance our Child and Family Therapists are able to help parents learn techniques to increase their parenting capacities.