NOVA provides one-on-one short-term counseling to help victims, their family members and significant others identify and work through thoughts and feelings surrounding their victimization. On average, the duration of counseling ranges from 12 to 15 sessions over three to four months.
Counselors are master’s trained and specialize in the area of abuse and victimization. It is NOVA’s goal to help facilitate a healthy recovery process for all victims and their loved ones, and to assist clients in their effort to regain a sense of empowerment and control over their lives. Referrals are provided for those who wish to continue therapy beyond short-term intervention.
NOVA offers support groups to assist individuals who have experienced issues of victimization. The goal of this group interaction is to facilitate an environment where clients can be safe and share their experiences. Group participation can assist clients with additional insight, interaction and support to deal with issues related to victimization and encourage them to begin to take control of their lives.
NOVA’s support groups are time-limited and confidential and facilitated by a master’s level counselor. An intake and screening process determines if a particular group will meet the needs of a client.
For more information call NOVA’s hotline: 1-800-675-6900
NOVA offers the following groups on a regular basis:
- Homicide Survivors
- Rape Survivors
- Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Assault
NOVA also provides support groups on an as-need basis. Groups begin meeting only when a sufficient number of participants are confirmed:
- Adolescent Sexual Assault
- Child Sexual Abuse
- Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Assault
- Parents Support Group
- Post-Traumatic Stress Support
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
TF-CBT is an evidence based practice for children under the age of 18. TF-CBT provides psychoeducation to children about the trauma they have experienced, teaches them emotion regulation and anxiety management skills, and allows them to process their experience of trauma in a safe and supportive way. TF-CBT is a short-term treatment protocol that also involves the child’s caregiver(s).
Trauma Support Program
The Trauma Support Program provides evidence based trauma treatment for children that are victims of crime who have barriers with coming into a traditional office setting for counseling. This program also supports the child’s family, including caregivers and siblings in relation to the child’s trauma.
Restoring Families Program
The Restoring Families Program is a comprehensive, evidence program that works with children that are identified to have problematic sexual behavior. Children 7-14 and their caregivers work through a group curriculum to address the problematic sexual behavior.
Mobile School Counseling
NOVA staff have found that not all children have the transportation options needed to receive services in one of our three offices, or the caregiver involvement needed for our in office or in home TF-CBT program. While working in tandem with a caregiver at home or in an office setting is considered best practice, we decided to start a mobile counseling program in area schools to provide counseling services to children who cannot participate in those services. Please call the NOVA hotline and speak to a counselor to determine if you or your child qualify for Mobile School Counseling services.