Trauma is a coping response. Psychological trauma is the unique individual experience of an event or enduring conditions, in which:

  • The individual’s ability to integrate his/her emotional experience is overwhelmed, or
  • The individual experiences (subjectively) a threat to life, bodily integrity or sanity

Counseling Program

The Counseling Program provides evidence-based, trauma-specific therapies to treat trauma from violence and abuse.

Short-Term Crisis Counseling

Short-Term Crisis Counseling assists individuals in restoring a sense of safety, balance and stabilization to their lives after experiencing a traumatic event or stressor. Reach offers up to three crisis sessions at no charge to reduce negative responses and increase coping skills.

Individual Therapy

Individual Therapy utilizes best practices in trauma treatment to aid healing and recovery. These therapies are designed to treat the impact of trauma on the whole person. Trauma therapy embraces the survivor’s need to be respected, informed, connected and hopeful regarding their own recovery.

Child and Adolescent Therapy

Children are the most vulnerable and powerless victims of sexual, physical and domestic abuse. Child and adolescent therapy encourages safety, support and family engagement. Child and adolescent therapists receive specialized training, utilizing both verbal and nonverbal skills with children and teens beginning at four years old.

Sexual Abuse Treatment Program

Sexual Abuse Treatment Program is designed to address the systemic needs of sexual offenders, victims and non-offending parents through comprehensive group therapy.

Community-Based Sex Offender Treatment

There are hundreds of registered sex offenders living in the Fox Valley. This treatment group aims to change sex offender’s deviant thoughts and behaviors, address areas of trauma for healing and develop a plan for their future wellness. Recidivism studies show only a 7% re-offense rate over 15 years after completing Reach’s treatment program, making it one of the most successful in Wisconsin. Program referrals come through the Department of Corrections, prosecutors and judges.

Connections for Family Safety

Sex offenders are masterful manipulators. Reach provides Connections for Family Safety, a 24-week educational/therapy group for women to understand sex offender’s psyche, including thought processes and behaviors. Members address relationship dynamics, protective behaviors and safety plans to protect themselves and their children.

Child and Adolescent Treatment Groups

This 10-week children’s therapy group focuses on expressive therapies (such as play and art therapies), stories and sharing to help children work through the trauma of their abuse.

Adolescents are high risk for becoming sexual violence victims. The adolescent therapy group helps teens explore feelings and beliefs around their sexual victimization and trauma in a safe environment.

Family Therapy/Safety Planning

This program is for sex offenders and their families to experience both individual healing and healing as a unit. Family therapy is aimed at clarifying individual areas of responsibility for maintaining a healthy home environment. Safety planning encompasses privacy and boundary rules for the home and appropriate interventions for potential high-risk situations.

The Advocacy Program provides victim-centered response at area hospitals, with law enforcement and throughout the judicial system. Victim advocates provide safety planning, skill building, short term counseling and culturally specific services. All advocacy services are offered at no cost.

Medical and Legal Advocacy

Sexual assault, rape and incest can shatter a person’s sense of safety, self-worth and trust. Medical care is often needed during or shortly after the crisis period for STD treatment, pregnancy prevention and forensic evidence collection. Trained advocates work closely with local hospitals to provide 24/7 response.
Advocates assist victims and families while traversing the confusing legal system. It takes great courage and support to bring a perpetrator to justice and advocates provide unwavering support, informed direction and empathetic guidance. They also work as liaisons on victims’ behalf with other agencies, including law enforcement and district attorney’s offices.

Personal Advocacy

Survivors of sexual violence need support in coping with the aftermath of an assault. Reach advocates help individuals understand the effects of sexual assault, create safety plans and develop stronger coping skills toward healing.

Prevention education and awareness in the schools and community are foundational to Reach. By creating awareness and understanding of the root causes of trauma, we are changing cultural stereotypes and norms that perpetuate violence and abuse.

School-Based Education

School-based education is presented from Pre-K through 12th grade. Programming begins with protective behaviors in elementary school and evolves into social norms and constructs, by-stander interventions, and sexual harassment and assault in high school. Reach educators work collaboratively with school personnel in Winnebago County to provide additional programming on current trends and issues.

Community Outreach & Awareness

Community outreach and awareness are key components to ending abuse and changing attitudes about violence. The effects of trauma and abuse are at the core of many public health issues we face in the Fox Valley. Reach helps local communities by providing professional trainings and educational events for corporate partners, healthcare providers, schools and service organizations.

Indigenous Connections

Native Americans silently experience sexual assault at three times the rate of any other U.S. population. Indigenous Connections offers outreach, advocacy and support to Native American victims of sexual and domestic violence and their families. Tribal collaborations, support groups and educational services are provided throughout the Fox Valley.

Latino Outreach

The Hispanic/Latino population is the fastest growing group in the Fox Valley. Many adults immigrating to this area initially speak little to no English. This language barrier hinders understanding the legal and judicial processes. Reach’s Latina Outreach advocate provides education, advocacy and translation services to Latino victims of sexual and domestic violence and their families.

Campus Outreach & Advocacy

The rates of dating violence and sexual assault continue to grow on college campuses. Reach collaborates with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with an advocacy program on campus that responds to sexual assaults, dating violence, stalking and sexual harassment of students and staff.

Anti-Trafficking Advocacy

The average age of entry into the commercial sex industry is just 12 years old. Often lured by promises of love and acceptance, youth are easy targets for traffickers, and leaving becomes a dangerous and frightening endeavour. Reach’s anti-trafficking advocate works with law enforcement, prosecutors and victims to provide response, outreach, support and advocacy services.

24-Hour Crisis Response

Reach offers a 24/7 hotline to victims in crisis from sexual assault, incest, rape or other forms of sexual violence. Volunteer advocates are trained to provide emotional support and assist victims on-call for a 24-hour live response seven days a week.

Calls will be answered by support staff who will refer the victim to a therapist or advocate. Reach advocates share information, explain options and choices, and support victims’ decisions.

Support Groups

Support Groups are a safe and powerful way for survivors and families to share experiences and feelings of trauma, create positive interactions, find support and develop skills. Support groups help members feel less alone and can create a sense of belonging, friendship and shared history.  Reach offers the following support groups throughout the year:

  • Adult Survivors (Oshkosh and Neenah)
  • Native American Talking Circle
  • Latina Women: Mujeres Adelante
  • Women Survivors of Sexual Abuse