Alice Paul House counselors use a non-therapeutic approach that involves active listening, empathy, and acknowledgment of the victim/survivor’s reality as they are experiencing it. This response to a victim/survivor builds on the premise that each victim/survivor has the ability and opportunity to make informed decisions about what their course of action should be. This means that intervention starts from each individual’s unique perspective; values each individual’s thoughts, feelings, and opinions; recognizes each individual as the chief decision maker, the one who knows best, and the one with the power; and integrates the counselor’s knowledge and resources into each individual’s framework. (PCADV,2015)
Individual Empowerment Counseling
Counselor Advocates provide interventions that are action focused, client-centered, and trauma informed. This interaction occurs one-on-one between a trained advocate and victims/survivors, or their significant others. This interaction is available to both adult and child victims/survivors, and focuses on understanding the complexities and effects of victimization. They also assist with exploring options and ways to implement strategies to overcome obstacles.
Group Empowerment Counseling
Counselor Advocates provide interventions that are action focused, client-centered, and trauma informed. This interaction occurs between a trained advocate and two or more victims/survivors and/or significant others in an informal, confidential setting. The group encourages participants to build rapport and mutual respect. This gives them the opportunity to reduce isolation and become empowered.
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