CARE Advocacy is a free, walk-in and confidential resource provided by trained mental health staff and advocates.
The advocate’s role is to provide you with emotional support in a safe and judgment-free environment. By speaking with an advocate, you can begin to process feelings you may find confusing, overwhelming and even frightening at times. They can also refer you to various resources both on and off campus that you may find helpful as you begin your journey.
Although every advocacy session is different, a typical session may last 30-45 mins. You are not limited to just one visit to CARE. You can visit the office as many times as needed in order to obtain the emotional support and resources you desire.
In addition to providing emotional support/crisis intervention, advocates can assist you in many other ways. Advocates can:
- Assist in explaining and connecting you with your reporting options. These options include University of Maryland Police Department and community law enforcement as well as the Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM)
- Accompany you and act as a support when you attend meetings with law enforcement, OCRSM and the hospital if needed
- Assist you in obtaining a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) at UM Prince George’s Hospital Center or a Sexual Assault Focused Exam at the Health Center (available for all genders)
- Assist you in obtaining a Peace and Protective Order through the courts
- Secure transportation to the hospital or court house if needed
- Assist in providing temporary housing placement
- Refer you to community legal assistance
- Assist you in scheduling short term therapy with a CARE therapist and/or provide community mental health referrals
- Provide limited academic support
- Provide limited financial assistance (example rent, food, medical costs related to the traumatic event)
- Support family and friends
CARE Therapy is centered around honoring victims, survivors, witnesses, and supporters affected by power-based violence, in a validating, de-pathologized, and safe manner. CARE Therapy offers holistic and inclusive trauma-informed treatment approaches based in resourcing, reframing, and normalizing the effects of trauma, and focuses on bolstering internal safety, identifying realistic coping strategies, and reclaiming parts of life that feel lost.
Our CARE Therapists are experienced in a diverse range of therapeutic modalities including Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), animal assisted therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). CARE Therapy embraces the perspective that you are the expert on your life, and we strive to help you skillfully access your own inner wisdom through creative coping skills and empowering processing techniques, in a culturally sensitive, appropriately paced, and safe manner.
We at CARE understand that seeking help of any kind after a traumatic event can be extremely difficult and frightening. In seeking help, there is often self blame and fear of judgment. You may have had uncomfortable experiences in the past when you tried to seek help from other resources. The decision of if and when to obtain help is very personal. Please know that CARE is here to support you and that it’s never too late to seek help.