COVID-19 is changing the way we operate in the world, and we are more concerned than ever for the well being of those we have been called to serve. Our highest priority is our children, and you can feel confident we are continuing to administer therapy to our clients in person or through video teletherapy.
Every child deserves the opportunity to grow into a healthy and happy adult. We partner with families to develop the tools to keep their children safe and resources to support their child's healing when prevention fails.
MCAC relies on the generous support of our community to provide the services and support to the vulnerable populations that we serve in a trauma informed and child friendly environment at no cost to the families.
The Mountain Child Advocacy Center is thrilled to announce that we now offer Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for children, 2-7, and their parents.
A collaborated community effort is the most effective in preventing abuse and supporting children and families when abuse occurs. Working together with our community partners to support and coordinate our efforts is critical to a safer community.
The Mountain Child Advocacy Center recently earned its national accreditation. Click below to learn more about it!
MCAC is grateful to partner with the Family Justice Center of Buncombe County and all of its partnering agencies. Through these collaborations we are able to provide services for families who have experienced domestic violence and sexual assault at their downtown location while providing our full array of services at our main location in Mission Children's Hospital Reuter Outpatient Center.
To identify and respond to child abuse and neglect in Buncombe County; by educating, advocating and empowering the public to protect children and reduce trauma through a coordinated community effort.
Parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral disorders that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. Children and their caregivers are seen together in PCIT. Therapists typically coach from an observation room with a one-way mirror into the playroom, usinga “bug-in-the-ear” system for communicating to the parents as they play with their child.
This treatment requires some specialized equipment to monitor, communicate and facilitate the parent-child interaction. We are hoping some of our supporters would help us with the costs required to provide this amazing therapy. The total cost for the equipment is around $2500, but any amount would be welcome. Please consider donating to this great opportunity!
During this national health crisis, Mountain CAC has reduced office coverage, and most of our staff are working from home.
For a quicker response to your needs, you may want to communicate via email. Here is a list of staff email addresses:
Geoff Sidoli, MSW, LCSW, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Purdy, email@example.com
All referrals should be addressed to our Family Advocate, Ebony Ward, MSW, LCSW-A at firstname.lastname@example.org
Clinical Programs Manager
Johnny Evans, MA, LMFT email@example.com
Community Prevention Educator
Colleen Burnet firstname.lastname@example.org
Prevention Educator for schools
Melissa Garrett, MSW MGarrett@mtncac.org
Carla Musgrove, CMusgrove@mtncac.org
Our TF-CBT Rostered Therapists are:
Angela Austin, LPC, LCAS-A AAustin@mtncac.org
Chris Blanc, MS, LPC CBlanc@mtncac.org
Ashley Fiore, MSW, LCSW AFiore@mtncac.org
Betsy Hurd, MSW, LCSW BHurd@mtncac.org
Heidi Kixmiller, MSW, LCSW HKixmiller@mtncac.org
Xia MyersBell, LPC, LCAS-A, NCC XBell@mtncac.org
Sara Taylor, MA, LPC STaylor@mtnc.org
Thank you and be well.