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School-Based Therapeutic Programs

Children & Families First offers school-based therapeutic programs for children ages 5-18 who have been exposed to stressful and traumatic events.  Research has shown that children participating in Trauma Intervention programs have significantly fewer symptoms of post-traumatic stress and depression.

By providing services to students in a school setting, obstacles such as transportation, schedule conflicts, and stigma related to mental health are removed.  Services are offered at no cost to the students' families or school.

For information the programs listed below, call 302-290-9279.

Funding for these programs is provided through the Delaware Department of Education, Delaware Criminal Justice Council by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime.


A 10-week group to help students, who have had traumatic experience(s), reduce PTSD symptoms, improve everyday functioning, increase peer and parental support, and develop healthy coping skills.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Individual therapy (12-16 sessions) designed to help students work through traumatic experiences based on their personal perspectives.

Overcoming Obstacles

An 8-week group to help students build age-appropriate skills, such as healthy habits. Students will also learn social and emotional skills such as mindfulness, relationship building, and goal setting.

Girls Circle

An 8-10 week group to help young women, ages 9-18, develop connections with other women in their communities through self-expression, skill-building, and encouragement.

Boys Council

An 8-10 week group to help young men, ages 9-18, develop healthy masculinity by building resilience and security within themselves and their environments. This group will also teach and practice healthy self-expression.

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