- Asian Pacific Community Counseling (APCC)
- Bereavement Network Resources
- Birth & Beyond Family Resource Centers
- Child Abuse Bureau
- Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) Sacramento County
- Child Protective Services (CPS)
- Cross Creek Family Counseling
- Del Paso Heights Neighborhood Service Agency
- Diogenes Youth Services - Counseling Center
- El Hogar Mental Hlth & Comm Srvc Cntr
- Friends For Survival, Inc.
- Healing Center for Grieving Chldren
- La Familia Counseling Center
- Law Enforcement Chaplaincy
- Lawyer Referral and Information Service
- Lutheran Social Services (LSS)
- McGeorge School of Law - Victims of Crime Resource Center
- National Organization For Victim Assistance
- Oak Park Neighborhood Multiservice Center
- People Reaching Out
- Sac County - Victim & Witness Assistance Prog.
- Sacramento Area Fire Chaplaincy
- Sacramento State - Center for Counseling
- St. John's Shelter for Women & Children
- The Effort

"Project Hands-On" is an expressive arts therapy program for children and adolescent victims of violent crime and trauma (ages 2 - 18) and their families. Therapy techniques include art therapy, play therapy and sandtray therapy.

  • Confused
  • Can't Sleep
  • Clinging
  • Stuttering
  • Panic Attacks
  • Frightened
  • Withdrawn
  • Nightmares
  • Acting out Trauma
  • Trouble in School
  • Depression
  • Aggression
  • Angry


    Child Trauma affects entire families. There is a need for family therapy and parenting classes to provide support and guidance for caretakers of these troubled children.

    We provide family therapy and parenting classes as tools for discipline and anger management to curtail and/or prevent abuse or neglect.


    Children and adolescent victims are often the most quiet and the most ignored. Their post-trauma behaviors are difficult for loved ones to understand and seldom tolerated by family, friends and educators. Young victims have difficulty articulating their feelings with words. They need an opportunity to act out and demonstrate these emotions following a traumatic experience.

    Without the opportunity to act out the normal emotions of aggression, destruction and defiance, these emotions remain unresolved.

    Violence, substance abuse and suicide are results of trauma never unleashed as a child. These young victims need a safe place to express their feelings. Expressive Arts Therapy is a unique method of counseling utilized by VIVA's Project Hands On staff to enable children to express their deepest feelings. If a child's post-trauma behavior is misunderstood and treated with punishment, the cycle of violence continues.