Elizabeth Bouvier – Program Supervisor
What is the KIDS Center?
The Kids' Intervention and Diagnostic Service (KIDS) Center is a multi-agency, non-profit center serving children who have been sexually, physically or emotionally abused, or who have witnessed domestic violence. The Center, in partnership with Health Services, provides three components:
- Medical and forensic evaluation of reports of abuse
- Behavioral health treatment/counseling
- Prevention/public awareness activities
The behavioral health treatment component of the KIDS Center is served by therapists from the Child and Family Program of Health Services. Treatment and counseling services are provided at the KIDS Center in Bend (www.kidscenter.org), at the Becky Johnson Center in Redmond, and at the Deschutes County-South County Services Center in La Pine.
What Type of Treatment and Counseling Services Are Offered?
Children can receive individual, family, or group therapy and/or skills training. Therapy for younger children typically involves play or art therapy along with family therapy or parent guidance. Therapy with older children could include art therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), group skills training for Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), coping and emotional regulation skills, Seeking Safety groups for teens with trauma and alcohol and drug related issues or Survivor’s groups. Most of the therapy approaches used are evidenced-based.
Is There A Cost For Treatment and Counseling Services?
KIDS Center staff serve clients who are served by the Oregon Health Plan and have grants available to serve those without insurance. Staff generally refer clients with private insurance to private clinicians in the community for similar services.
How Do I Access Services At the KIDS Center?
Any child of any age can receive counseling for a past or present abuse related issue. All referrals and requests for services should be made to the main clinic at (541) 322-7500.