Abuse & Trauma

Partnering to End Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is defined as any “severe form of exploitation of another person involving force, fraud, or coercion”. Those last three words, “force, fraud and coercion” are perhaps the most important components of the definition, but can also be the most difficult to discern. When it comes to youth specifically,

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Therapy for Foster Care Youth – Why It’s Vital and What Excelsior is Doing about it

Youth coming in to foster care have already experienced so much disruption, chaos and loss in their young lives that what happens next can define their chances for future success. Providing these kids a stable, positive foster environment in which they are truly nurtured is imperative. Foster youth need to

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Excelsior’s Early Childhood Mental Health & Parenting Support Program

Excelsior’s Early Childhood Mental Health & Parenting Support Program An Interview with Debbie Hart, M.A., L.P.C. (Clinical Supervisor of Early Childhood Program) When Excelsior first began its Early Childhood Mental Health & Parenting Support program back in September 2016, they couldn’t have done it without the expertise of Debbie Hart. An

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Hailey’s Story – from suffering to success…not once, but twice.

Growing up, Hailey* always struggled with mental illness – suffering from depression, anxiety and debilitating panic attacks. Many of these issues were linked to hereditary factors as both of Hailey’s parents suffer from mental illness. During Hailey’s adolescence, her struggles with mental illness became so severe that she was committed

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Girls in Gangs

When most people think about gang members they think of men. While men still make up the majority of gangs, more females are getting involved with gangs every day, often at a very young age. In fact, according to the National Youth Violence Prevention Center, a quarter of all gang

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Excelsior Launches PEAK Project Aimed at Preventing Exploitation

PEAK Project Preventing Exploitation through Awareness & Knowledge The PEAK Project is a collaborative initiative developed to increase awareness and prevention of youth exploitation in the Colorado community. Through partnerships with iEmpathize, the Office of Economic Development, Transitions for Young Adults Program and Excelsior Community-Based Mental Health Services, the PEAK

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What You Can Do to Stop Sexual Assault

EVERYONE can help support the fight against sexual assault. By taking part in just a few simple strategies, we can all do our part to stop sexual assault. The It’s on Us campaign identifies the following four responsibilities that everyone can and should take on to fight sexual assault. 1.

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