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"Now my life is full. Back then, when I started your program, I never thought my life could be like this. I had hoped and I had dreamt, but I never believed it could be like this. Because of you, I value myself as a person," - Teen participant, Oasis program

What We Do

The Oasis Program supports the healthy functioning of families who have been affected by incest and child sexual abuse. We offer group, individual and family therapy. Oasis therapists help children and non-offending parents and caregivers reduce the short and long-term effects of sexual abuse, using evidence- based, trauma-informed practices that help clients integrate traumatic experience into everyday life, one that feels manageable and safe.

Group Services

Oasis offers three group cycles per year. Groups meet with therapists weekly and follow a trauma- focused curriculum that provides clients with age-appropriate education around sexual abuse as well as concrete skills for managing trauma responses.

Oasis offers groups to young people aged 5-18 who have been sexually abused. Alongside structured learning opportunities, participants experience the benefit of sharing personal stories with peers of a similar age. Play therapy is also offered when appropriate, tapping into the innate potential of play to assist younger clients in working through difficult feelings. Oasis also offer group services to no-offending parents and caregivers, helping adults to learn effective and protective strategies to parent their child in the aftermath of abuse.

Individual and Collateral services

Oasis therapists also provide individual therapy to children who have experienced incest and sexual abuse as well as to affected family members. Therapists work closely with legal teams to provide support, strategize and advocate for clients facing trial, and accompany families to hearings when requested. Staff therapists use team treatment coordination and are active in the development and maintenance of services in Dane County's child sexual abuse prevention and treatment network.

All services are available in English and Spanish.

If you are a social worker, teacher, therapist or family member who would like to find out more information and/or refer someone to the Oasis Program please contact:

Makenzi Rasmussen at (608)-729- 1130 or for English speaking families.

Cathy Cornell at (608) -729- 1114 or for Spanish speaking families.

Oasis has openings in each of its 2017 weekly school-age groups. For more information, contact Clinical Director, Cathy Cornell at (608) -729- 1114 or for Spanish and English speaking families.

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