DCAC was created from a vision that children heal more effectively when supportive agencies work together as an integrated team.
Assessment and Mental Health Treatment
We use a developmentally sensitive, biologically respectful approach to coordinated health and mental health care for child trauma victims. Intensive, coordinated care management draws in all people involved in the child’s life- family members, foster parents, social service caseworkers, day care providers, prosecutors, victim advocates, doctors, teachers, and school personnel.
When child trauma victims need psychiatric care, onsite consultation is available through our growing partnership with Mental Health Corporation of Denver.
The Denver Children’s Advocacy Center is passionate about developing a trauma-sensitive yoga program because trauma has the capacity to leave its victims – particularly children - in a state of constant fear, unable to live in the present moment. Working with abused and neglected children requires a multifaceted, holistic approach to healing. Children often struggle to process their trauma through talk therapy alone. Healing involves helping children experience an internal sense of safety so that they can begin to integrate the traumatic pieces of their past into a coherent whole and understand that they are separate from their trauma.
“What most people do not realize is that trauma is not the story of something awful that happened in the past, but the residue of imprints left behind in people’s sensory and hormonal systems. Traumatized people often are terrified of the sensations in their own bodies. Most trauma-sensitive people need some form of body oriented psychotherapy or bodywork to regain a sense of safety in their bodies.” (van der Kolk, B., Yoga and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, date). We believe that TSY will be an effective complement to the treatment model we offer at DCAC because it provides children with the following benefits:
- Increased self-regulation skills
- Improved interoception – the ability to sense the physical, emotional, and mental person from the inside out
- Increased awareness of time and understanding that body sensations need not last forever
- Better connection to themselves and others
- Enhanced ability to make kind, compassionate choices
- Mastery and accomplishment, leading to improved confidence and body-image
DCAC's trauma-sensitive yoga program is made possible by funding through the Get Grounded Foundation.