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Center For Healing

The Center for Healing provides evidence-based, clinical services to JCCA-referred children and families who have suffered child sexual abuse and/or exploitation. In addition, the Center also provides appropriate training and support to JCCA staff in order to best address the unique needs of this particular population. The operative philosophy for The Center for Healing is child sexual trauma-informed, holistic therapeutic services to the children and families we serve. The program works with the child, the family and JCCA’s interdisciplinary team, in order to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.

The Center for Healing is currently located on JCCA’s Pleasantville Cottage Campus but provides supportive services to other JCCA programs. The Center for Healing currently only accepts referrals from children referred to and/or already enrolled in JCCA’s Pleasantville Cottage School, the Pleasantville START program and Edenwald Center.

A combination of psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapy is used in order to help the child and family develop appropriate coping skills, while processing past child sexual abuse trauma. Each family has access to individual and family psychotherapy sessions. Treatment is terminated once treatment goals are achieved. Comprehensive biopsychosocial, psychopharmacological, educational and medical evaluations are available to children as needed. The program also utilizes the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children (TSCC) and the UCLA Trauma Inventory for the child and family. Psychological testing and substance abuse assessment and/or treatment are available on the Campus by licensed substance abuse specialists, if needed.

In addition to its specialized services, The Center for Healing utilizes the child welfare and mental health services provided by JCCA as well as partnerships with numerous community service providers for discharge planning. The Center also provides ongoing child sexual abuse training to all JCCA staff on the residential Campus in order to empower staff when providing services to these children and families. The Center is also available for consultations on an ongoing basis.


Jessie Boye-Doe, LCSW, is the director of JCCA’s Center for Healing, which provides evidence-based, clinical services to residents of JCCA’s Westchester Campus who have suffered child sexual abuse and/or exploitation. In addition, the Center for Healing also provides trainings to service providers who work with this unique population.

A clinical expert and leader in the field of child sexual abuse treatment and prevention, Ms. Boye-Doe has supervised and trained hundreds of clinicians who, in turn, have gone on to provide care for children NYC who are victims of sexual abuse or trafficking.

In addition to her therapy and advocacy on behalf of young victims, Ms. Boye-Doe is responsible for making JCCA a child sexual trauma informed agency, across all 37 programs serving more than 17,000 children and families every year. She has developed a cutting-edge clinical approach to working with victims of trafficking, translating her comprehensive clinical expertise into modalities that address the underlying issues that make young people vulnerable to commercial exploitation. At JCCA, she has created a training series for providers to prevent, identify, and treat child sexual abuse and exploitation. Ms. Boye-Doe has also created workshops and support groups for young people, to help them identify the warning signs of sexual abuse and to address the issues that make them vulnerable to trafficking.

Before JCCA, Ms. Boye-Doe was the Director of the Child Sexual Abuse Response Team at the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut; which is a nationally accredited child advocacy center. She was also a Victim Advocate at the Office of Victim Services in Stamford, CT and provided crisis and long-term counseling at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, where she developed, launched and ran the African Immigrant Victims of Violence Program. Ms. Boye-Doe earned her BA from Baruch College and her MSW from the Columbia School of Social Work.