January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month
is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month and Devereux Advanced Behavioral
Health wants to bring awareness to this issue and stand by the victims of this
trafficking can take many forms, including coerced labor, involuntary domestic
servitude, child soldier recruitment, or prostitution. And unfortunately, this
practice all too often involves children.
Sex trafficking in the
most common form of modern day slavery is sex trafficking – and no country is
The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
(CSEC) is a global scourge with very serious impact in the U.S. In fact, the
FBI estimates more than 100,000 American children, 98 percent of whom are
girls, are being trafficked in the U.S. today.
Devereux’s CSEC program
is one of the few behavioral healthcare organizations providing sophisticated
treatment for youth from around the country who have experienced emotional,
physical and sexual trauma.
are the provider of choice, nationwide, in supporting trafficked childhood
victims on their path to healing, meeting their unique needs through
trauma-informed, evidence-based clinical therapies, delivered in a
compassionate and supportive environment. The program is currently available in
our Georgia, Florida and Pennsylvania centers, and we are working to introduce
the program in other Devereux locations.
Devereux National Executive Director for
Mental Health Dr. Yolanda Graham is
acknowledged throughout the field for her work with this special population of
youth. She consulted on the development of our CSEC-specific curriculum, which includes
the following therapeutic services:
- Holding individual
and group components that focus on activities and discussions related to self-esteem,
emotion regulation and a detailed understanding of sexual exploitation
- Enabling youth
to “tell their story” in a safe, shame-free setting
skills to develop safer and healthier lifestyles
- Assisting with substance
abuse treatment, recovery from trauma, and the development of a relapse
of commercial sexual exploitation face physical, emotional and psychological
wounds as a result of the trauma they endure,” said Dr. Graham. “This month is
an excellent opportunity to spread awareness, support these victims and educate
the public on how to identify and prevent the commercial sexual exploitation of
here to learn more about
Devereux’s CSEC services. Click here to learn more about
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health.
Nearly 300 attend N.Y. screening of Oscar-nominated movie Life, Animated
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s special screening of the movie Life, Animated was presented to a near sell-out crowd on February 13 in Pelham, N.Y. The event, held in partnership with The Picture House, was followed by a Q&A session with Ron and Cornelia Suskind, the parents featured in the film.
How Art and a Zoo Help Students with Differences Learn Positive and Healing Behaviors
When working to improve educational outcomes for students with learning differences, it is essential to focus on cultivating behaviors that will equip each student to reach his or her true potential. At Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s Leo Kanner Learning Center, creative forms of learning are taking center stage when it comes to building confidence, generating positive behaviors and putting children with differences on a level playing field.
New Social Enterprise Aperture Education Focuses on Students’ Social and Emotional Competence
Assessment company Apperson, Inc., and the Devereux Center for Resilient Children a prevention-focused service of the nonprofit organization Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health today announced the launch of a new company, Aperture Education, that provides strength-based assessments and resilience-building resources to help schools and out-of-school-time organizations address the whole child.
Devereux leaders featured in FFTA newsletter; share insight into launching a rebrand
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health leaders Senior Vice President of External Affairs Leah Yaw and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Carl Clark were featured in a recent issue of the Family Focused Treatment Association’s newsletter - FOCUS. The topic: launching an organizational rebrand.
||Dr. Barry McCurdy elected to APBS Board of Directors
Devereux Center for Effective Schools Director Dr. Barry McCurdy was recently appointed to the Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) Board of Directors. Dr. McCurdy was elected by his peers to serve a three-year term (2017-2020).