Our Services

The Chester Community Coalition offers trauma-informed counseling, free of cost, to bereaved families of homicide victims and survivors of violence. Counseling takes place in a group format for 12 weeks, in fall and spring. Services are offered with the strictest confidentiality and commitment to compassionate care.

We provide group counseling to adults 18 and older and youth between 8 and 12 years. For children 7 and younger, art therapy is available. Registration is ongoing, and space is limited.

Complete a referral form or contact us at the Chester Community Coalition to register or get more information.

Phone: (610) 368-0714

Email: info@chestercommunitycoalition.org

We are recruiting for our spring session! Complete a referral today.

Mental Health First Aid

The Chester Community Coalition is now able to provide Mental Health First Aid training !

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. The training helps to identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.

If you would like to request a training, contact us at 610-368-0714 or alexia.clarke@chestercommunitycoalition.org.

About TF-CBT and Trauma

Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is the model on which Chester Community Coalition's therapeutic services are built. TF-CBT strengthens individual knowledge and skills by using counseling to help participants know and manage the symptoms of trauma.

Participants come to understand the direct relationship between their feelings, their physical and mental health, and their actions.

TF-CBT programs work from the inherent assets and strengths of families to build resilience and provide participants with the ability to address their sustained grief. Through committed participation individuals develop skills to increase their personal and their family’s emotional wellbeing.

Know That, As a Crime Victim, You Have the Right to:

  • Confidential, no-cost services including: Hotline, Counseling, Legal, Safe House, and Outreach
  • Notification of important developments in your case
  • Have someone go with you to all court proceedings about your case
  • Give a statement on the impact the crime had on you and your family
  • Help in filing for Victim Compensation Benefits

Contact the Office of Victim Services: 610-566-4386