The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. This program has been reviewed by the CEBC in the following Topic Areas:
About This Program
Target Population: Youth, ages 12-21 years old who are sex trafficking victims
For children/adolescents ages: 12 – 21
For parents/caregivers of children ages: 12 – 21
Courtney’s House provides services for victims of sex trafficking. At Courtney’s House, recovery is an all-encompassing journey from proper needs assessment, intense individual and group therapy and counseling, parental support, and an overall determination on the part of the survivor towards a hopeful future. At Courtney's House, every survivor of sex trafficking can receive survivor-focused and trauma-informed holistic services. Staff survivors help these youth find and recover their own voices, thus enabling them to pass on their own keys to success. Each child is worked with on an individual bases in counseling and therapy coupled with group interactions to support the child's recovery. Survivor Support Groups are an integral component of Courtney's House. These groups are open to boys, girls, and transgender survivors. They focus on trauma recovery, education and life skills along with fun, therapeutic activities like dance, art, yoga, etc. In addition, each survivor has access to influential mentors and academic tutoring to fully embrace their ability to create a future full of hope and personal best. It is also recognized that the survivor's parents have a key role in the recovery process and that they, too, need healing. Parents will find open arms and support at Courtney's House.
The goals of Courtney’s House are:
- Help secure a safe healing environment for each child
- Help each child transition their mindset out of the life
- Help identify and find other children who are sex trafficking victims
- Educate and train the community about sex trafficking in America
- Educate and train Law Enforcement
The essential components of Courtney’s House include:
- Intensive individual case management
- Street Outreach
- Survivor Support Groups with up to 11 participants
- Parent Support Groups with up to 11 participants
- Survivor Events
- Drop in center activities
- Internet Research
- Speaking/Training community at large
Courtney’s House directly provides services to children/adolescents and addresses the following:
- Must have been a victim of sex trafficking in the USA
Courtney’s House directly provides services to parents/caregivers and addresses the following:
- Parent of a child who has been a victim of sex trafficking
Services Involve Family/Support Structures:
This program involves the family or other support systems in the individual's treatment: The program works strongly within each child’s existing support structure (e.g., family, school, community group, etc.). When there is not the correct support structure in place, the program seeks to help each child/parent create a better support network.
Each client is to have weekly contact with their case manager. Each client’s length of contact is based on what the identified needs are in their treatment plan.
On average, it takes 3 years for a child to complete the program and transition into a healthy and safe life.
This program is typically conducted in a(n):
- Community Agency
Courtney’s House includes a homework component:
At times, it is dependent on each client’s individual treatment plan.
Courtney’s House does not have materials available in a language other than English.
Resources Needed to Run Program
The typical resources for implementing the program are:
Drop in Center physical location. Living room, computers, break out room for individual meetings.
Minimum Provider Qualifications
Training in Direct Service. Supervisors: At least a master’s degree in a direct service related field.
Education and Training Resources
There is a manual that describes how to implement this program, and there is training available for this program.
- Tina Frundt
phone: (202) 525-1426
Training is obtained:
Number of days/hours:
Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research
This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.
Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Courtney’s House.
No reference materials are currently available for Courtney’s House.
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: January 2015
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2013
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2013