Treatment Services

Treatment Services: VOCA and SATP

VOCA and SATP

The devastating effects of abuse on a child can last a lifetime if left untreated. Since 1993, Manatee Children’s Services has provided mental health counseling programs that specialize in providing child victims of abuse treatment relating to their history of physical and/or sexual abuse.  

The clinical programs at MCS use Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to assist children with post-traumatic stress in returning to a healthy state of functioning. These programs assist the child victim, along with their non-offending family members, and help decrease negative behavior patterns and emotional responses that occur as a result of sexual abuse, physical abuse or other trauma.  

Through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) program, child victims of crime and their family members receive mental health counseling services to help them heal from the difficult and painful process of being victimized by crime acts.  

Through the Sexual Abuse Treatment (SATP) program, victims of child sexual abuse and their family members receive specialized, community-based, family-centered treatment from a highly qualified sexual abuse therapist. This therapist is supervised by a Licensed Mental Health Therapist who is certified by the Member of the Association for Treatment of Sexual Abuse. 

To help clients achieve long-term success, clinicians provide families with therapeutic education to help break the cycle of child abuse and ensure abuse does not repeat. Children in the treatment program are taught how to recognize safety threats, how and who/when/where to report abuse, and how to protect themselves. They also learn how to recognize grooming practices, use their voice to say no and report abuse, and protect themselves. These strategies reduce the rate of potential abuse in the future.  

For the year ending September 30, 2021, our treatment program achieved a 98% success rate within 6 months of program completion and a 96% success rate within 18 months of completion. Of the 74 child victims served, 73 achieved success with no verified findings of child abuse within 6 months of completion. Of the 106 child victims who completed the clinical program 18 months ago, 102 continued to have no verified findings.  

Testimonials

“Our therapist has been more than amazing. My son loves her. At first, he didn’t want to do it and now he asks when he’s going to therapy.”  

“Our experience with clinical when my daughter was younger made us reach out and come back again.” 

How to help our SATP and VOCA treatment teams:

  • Art therapy supplies 
  • Sensory tools and toys 
  • Gift cards to fund therapeutic items as needed 
  • General monetary donations for unrestricted funds to support ongoing therapeutic tools 

For more information on our Treatment programs, contact Celeste Martens, LCSW, Clinical Services Director (celestem@mcsfl.com)  

MCS provides a full spectrum of programs serving over 16,000 children and families annually. Since its inception in 1977 as the Manatee County’s first and only emergency shelter for abused children in foster care, MCS has grown to offer programs in treatment, prevention, intervention, and residential services.  

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1227 9th Avenue West
Bradenton FL, 34205

941-345-1200
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