Restoring hope with dignity

Adolescent Survivors of Sexual Abuse/Human Trafficking (11-17)

The Joseph J. Peters Institute understands the pain of an adolescent who is suffering from sexual violence, abuse or other trauma and the impact on the family. We know the paths required to help those adolescents reach a new life, beyond the trauma. At the Institute, we engage the individual and the family in a relational process to build understanding and trust, explain treatment methods, and work together with families to heal.

The Institute recognizes the unique developmental needs of adolescents and works carefully with them and their caregivers to build on strengths and bolster their functioning. We centralize our interventions through the use of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment specifically developed for children and adolescents suffering from the effects of trauma. It builds on the strengths of the child and caregiver through counseling and learning, among other interventions, to reduce the symptoms related to trauma. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recognize this treatment for its efficacy. to adolescents who suffer trauma due to sexual violence and other traumas. Adolescents are encouraged to participate in trauma treatment groups and psychiatric care is available as needed.

Family treatment is an important component to all adolescent treatment. At the Institute, our work targets the entire family and develops structural interventions to promote healing. We collaborate with other organizations in the family’s life to support continuity and build additional support for the individual and the family.

Group Therapy Group Therapy
Targeted group therapy services for:
Male survivors
Female survivors
LGBTQ survivors
Transgendered survivors
Youth with sexual behavioral problems
Adults with sexual behavioral problems
Adult offenders
Batterers of intimate partner violence
programs exist to promote safer sexuality in youth, adolescent trauma therapy, and LGBQT groups.