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Casa's mission is to promote positive relationship skills through social and emotional intelligence education programs simultaneous to abuse and violence prevention programs to children, teens and adults. In addition Casa promotes social change to eliminate tolerance of relationship abuse and violence, particularly among women and children. Casa also provides counseling to heal children and adults who have been abused.
Casa is currently organized into three operating divisions: Violence Prevention Center, Counseling Center, and Center for Social and Cultural Change. The Violence Prevention Center offers direct service to children and adolescents school classrooms and before and after school programs, and through summer camps. This division provides violence prevention, and skill-building programs that (a) prevent children from becoming victims of abuse and violence; (b) prevent children from engaging in abusive and violent behavior; and (c) prevent adolescents from becoming involved in abusive dating relationships. Casa has developed two programs with complete curricula to address sexual abuse for younger children and date rape and dating violence for adolescents. The first program, No More Secrets-Kid's Talk , is a sexual abuse prevention and safety curriculum for children ages 5 to 12. The second program, POWER , is a teen dating violence and date rape prevention program for adolescents, ages 13-18. Both of these programs are currently in use in schools throughout the metropolitan Phoenix area. In addition Casa teaches programs to promote positive relationship skills and bullying prevention programs. The Outpatient Counseling Division offers direct counseling and psychotherapeutic services to children, adolescents, adults and families throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area. Counselors at Casa are specially trained to provide trauma-related assistance to victims of child sexual abuse, victims of sexual assault, and victims of family violence.
The Center for Social and Cultural Change provides Valley wide campaigns and events to promote social change such as Town Halls, theatrical productions, public awareness ad campaigns, conferences and grass roots social change leadership.
Casa has made significant accomplishments over the past 36 years as Casa has:· Presented its sexual abuse program to over 650,000 children, teaching them the skills needed to protect themselves from sexual abuse while also stopping the abuse for numerous children who reported sexual abuse to Casa teachers · Assisted over 125,000 children and adults through Casa's 24 Hour Helpline · Counseled over 40,000 victims of abuse and violence. Having begun operations in 1973, Casa enjoys the distinction of providing some of the longest running social service programs in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
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