CVIC restorative therapy program completes first year

As part of its mission to end violence in two generations in the Grand Forks area, CVIC began a journey one year ago to provide restorative therapy services to those who have caused harm in their intimate partner relationships. Restorative therapy services are an optional service available to those who are participating in CVIC New Choices programs but are not a requirement or substitute for the New Choices curriculum. Clients must receive an internal referral and meet several criteria for admission to these specialized services. During sessions, the restorative therapist can assist individuals in facing painful childhood memories, unraveling their influence on present experiences, and embracing life beyond trauma. 

“This is a place where they can come and they can work on reprocessing trauma memories, and really reshape the way they think about themselves, others, and the world,” said Restorative Adult Therapist Maranda Jacobsen.

Over the last year, the CVIC Restorative Therapist has seen nearly 20 clients, whose average Adverse Childhood Experiences score (ACEs) is a 7 out of 10. The more ACEs you have, the greater the risk for negative effects on physical health, mental health, relationships, and overall wellbeing. 

Learn more about these services by watching the video below, and learn how CVIC is changing cultural norms and working to end violence in the Grand Forks community.