Our Services

Healing and Strength Counseling

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.

Complete a referral form or contact us at the Chester Community Coalition for more information.

Phone: (610) 368-0714

Email: info@chestercommunitycoalition.org

Sanctuary Support Groups

Have you been injured by, or experienced violence? Our support groups may be for you. Using the Sanctuary model, survivors help each other-- with the support of licensed clinicians-- to cope with the changed reality of their lives.

Groups are set to begin in April.

We'd love to see you there. Give us a call to secure your spot! 610-368-0714

About TF-CBT and Trauma

Our services are based on the Sanctuary model and the Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) model. As a result, we are focused on supporting adults and youth as they build the knowledge and skills to manage the symptoms of their traumatic experience.

Our clients come to understand the direct relationship between their feelings, their physical and mental health, and their actions. They are also empowered with skills to take care of themselves and improve their quality of life, by understanding trauma reminders, relaxation and grounding techniques and establishing more supportive interactions with others.

Through committed participation individuals strengthen skills they already have and discover new ways to increase their personal and family well-being.

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.

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