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Child Witness to Violence Project

Address: Boston Medical Center, 88 East Newton St. Vose 4, Boston, MA 02188

Contact Name: Ashley Schiffmiller, Project Coordinator and and Neena McConnico, Project Director

E-mail Address: Ashley.schiffmiller@bmc.org or Neena.McConnico@bmc.org

Web Site: www.childwitnesstoviolence.org

Phone Number: (617) 414-4244

Services Provided/Expertise:

The Child Witness to Violence Project is an intervention program for young children and families affected by violence.

A. Child: CWVP provides therapeutic services for children affected by violence and other trauma.

Age range: 0-8 years old

B. Family: Support for caretakers and advocacy for children and their families affected by violence and other trauma.

Specialized Evidence-based Mental Health Services:

Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
Child- Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is one of the very few evidence-based practices for working with very young children. Working in this model, the clinician balances her attention on meeting the child's needs, meeting the caregiver’s needs, and supporting and strengthening the caregiver-child relationship.  The key premise of CPP is that trauma, especially interpersonal trauma or trauma at the hands of those whom are supposed to love and protect you, does not just impact one person in the family system; it impacts every person in the family system. Therefore, to truly support that healing process, one cannot just work with one person or the other, but promote healing through relationships. For our youngest victims and survivors of trauma, the caregiver-child relationship has the power to be the mediator against deleterious effects of trauma and the meaning-maker that create some cohesion after crisis.