They go about their business quietly but oh, so effectively.
Moose and Beacon, the Child & Youth Advocacy Centre of Simcoe/Muskoka COPE facility dogs are celebrating their third birthday today (June 30).
Acting as goodwill ambassadors for children, youth and their caregivers, Moose and Beacon provide canine assisted therapeutic interventions including emotional/relaxation support, deep pressure therapy, canine comic relief and demonstrations of their 60+ skills, tricks and commands to provide a sunny distraction when needed.
Moose and Beacon have greatly enhanced our work in all capacities, but foremost by softening the often stressful environment of the forensic interview with police and/or child protection professionals when a young person under the age of 24 years disclosures they have experienced physical/sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or sex trafficking.
The Child & Youth Advocacy Centre of Simcoe/Muskoka (CYACSM) is a child & youth-centred space in which multidisciplinary professionals provide focused services to young people ages 3 to 24 years who have experienced physical, sexual and emotional abuse or who have been exposed to domestic violence.
We understand that when young people have experienced these forms of trauma, the disclosure process can be frightening, confusing and overwhelming. The Child & Youth Advocacy Centre is a welcoming space designed to reduce stress and promote healing. In partnership with the CYACSM, police officers and child protection workers conduct forensic interviews, trauma informed social workers provide counselling, specialized paediatricians provide well-child examinations, and advocates support and assist children/youth and their caregivers throughout the disclosure, investigation, court process and beyond.
If you would like to make a donation to our PAWSitive Support Program, please visit www.cacsimcoemuskoka.ca.