Family services

We help children and adolescents who are victims of violence, as well as their families, to surmount this ordeal by providing specialized treatment at the cutting edge of current knowledge.

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How can you access services?

To receive services from Marie-Vincent Foundation, children and adolescents must be referred by:

  • a crime victims compensation advisor (IVAC);
  • a caseworker from Youth Protection, a CISSS or a CIUSSS (CLSC, CSSS);
  • a police officer who carried out a police investigation;
  • medical staff from the Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine or the Montreal Children’s Hospital;
  • a community organization worker.

Our services

Specialized Sexual Violence Intervention Program

Immediate intervention

Following the disclosure of a situation of sexual violence, and as soon as the request is received, counselling services are offered to the family by a team of specialized professionals. Meetings are held with the parent or significant adult (and in some cases, with the adolescent) to determine the circumstances of the crisis, provide information on various procedures, identify support needs, identify the parent’s abilities to implement coping strategies and develop a concrete action plan to facilitate their empowerment.

  • Number of meetings (on average): 4
  • Duration of each meeting: 5 hours

Psychosocial intervention

A psychosocial assessment is conducted by a psychosocial caseworker to determine the services that will best meet the family’s needs. Following the assessment, an intervention is undertaken with the youth who has been subjected to sexual violence with the goal of reducing negative impacts on their ability to function. Depending on the objectives of the action plan, the parent or significant adult may attend the meetings.

Upon completion of psychosocial intervention, the team of professionals discusses the child’s or adolescent’s pathway in order to refer them to individual or group psychotherapy, if needs persist despite the psychosocial intervention. The family may also be referred to external resources, as required.

  • Number of meetings (on average): 10
  • Duration of each meeting: 1 to 1.5 hours

Individual psychotherapy intervention

A psychotherapist assesses the youth’s needs in order to identify the best intervention strategies. Next, treatment based on the Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is offered. This treatment is associated with a significant reduction in symptoms in young victims of sexual violence, including decreased anxiety and guilt and increased self-esteem.

  • Number of meetings (on average): 12 to 14
  • Duration of each meeting: 1 to 1.5 hours

Psychotherapeutic group intervention

A psychotherapist assesses the child’s or adolescent’s needs to determine if this type of treatment will suit them; if so, the psychotherapeutic group intervention begins. Handled by two specialists, including a psychotherapist and a psychosocial caseworker, this service is also based on cognitive-behavioral therapy and supplemented by activities from play therapy and art therapy. Like individual intervention, group psychotherapy is associated with a significant reduction in symptoms for children and adolescents who have been subjected to sexual violence.

  • Number of meetings (on average): 11
  • Duration of each meeting: 3 hours

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