Understanding How Therapy Is Provided At The CCAC

Working with Alberta Health Services (AHS)

The Child Abuse Service is a longstanding Alberta Children’s Hospital outpatient specialty clinic providing therapeutic intervention to children and adolescents, under 18-years-old, who are victims of:

  • Child Sexual Abuse; or
  • Severe and complex Physical Abuse or Neglect

*Child Abuse Service also provides treatment to children under 12-years-old who are exhibiting problematic sexual behaviour

Therapy Focus

Determination of what type of therapy is received is based on the needs of the child and family following the referral and assessment process.

The main focus of the Therapy Team with AHS is to identify and address the impact of abuse, and help children heal from trauma by promoting healthy coping responses in themselves and their caregivers.

Offering Empirically-Supported Therapeutic Programs

Our primary treatment is Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT). TF-CBT has been identified as the best practice in treating traumatized children and youth.

Other forms of treatment provided:

  • CONNECT Parent Group
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
  • Circle of Security Parenting Program
  • EMDR Therapy
  • Children with Sexual Behaviour CBT Treatment Program
  • Therapists may also incorporate expressive arts and play into their therapeutic approach.

Therapy Referrals

Please contact Child Abuse Service Intake by phone at: +1 (403) 428-5320

An intake clinician will then arrange a telephone interview with the child’s guardian, caregiver and/or referral source to determine next steps.

Our Processes