VIP Community Mental Health Center
We know that after a child has experienced trauma, the internal emotional wounds often can take years to heal, long after the external bruises have disappeared. Left unaddressed, these emotional wounds have long-term negative consequences, resulting in depression, aggression, emotional detachment, or them repeating learned abusive behavior. The earlier we can address emotional trauma, the greater likelihood that we can ensure a child’s long-term success and break the cycle of abuse. That is why, since 2001, the VIP Community Mental Health Center, Inc. (VIP CMHC) has made mental health assessments and services a key component in our model of care, and is the only child abuse Hub in Los Angeles County to offer full mental health services to our victims and their families.
Just like every child learns differently we understand that while some children might respond best to individualized therapies, others respond better in group sessions with other kids and/or their caregivers. Using a wide array of evidence-based practices, our mental health clinicians are expertly trained to provide and tailor appropriate therapies designed to meet the unique needs and strengths of each child and their family. For those children who are unable to come to VIP for medical reasons or transportation issues, we offer home-based therapy where a child may feel more comfortable. Ensuring adequate mental health services for every child in distress has allowed our clinical staff to succeed in the most critical of cases.