The Chester Community Coalition offers trauma-informed therapy, free of cost, to bereaved families of homicide victims and survivors of gun violence from the City of Chester. Therapy will take place in a group format for 12 weeks. Services will be offered with the strictest confidentiality and commitment to compassionate care.

There is a broad impact of experiencing and witnessing neighborhood violence on emotional and psychological health. This trauma, if not addressed and buffered, can manifest as further escalations of violence, either directly retaliatory or as a consequence of an enhanced state of vigilance and reactivity. This feeds the cycle of violence and, uninterrupted, can lead to additional homicide or suicide.

Healing from the trauma of violence is a process and can only be done when you take the lead. Complete a referral form or contact us at the Chester Community Coalition for more information.

Services are scheduled to begin in September 2018.

Phone: (610) 368-0714


Therapy services are scheduled to begin in September 2018. 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

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