To offer quality counseling services and support to the residents of Wilson County and the surrounding area, who have been affected by the Sutherland Springs tragedy, as well as other needs that can impede healthy living and relationships.
Paloma Place is the home of the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas, in partnership with University of Texas San Antonio. The Center was established in San Antonio, Texas in 1997 and supports over 1,500 children and their families each year. With an additional Center that is operating in the Rio Grande Valley, Paloma Place is to serve as a replication of the Center’s highly respected programs and provide healing and recovery for individuals who have experienced the death of a loved one. The Center’s partnership with UTSA will address unresolved grief, which often manifests as physical illness, depression, violence, alcohol and drug abuse, as well as decreased academic performance. The uniqueness of the Center’s program is that various expressive arts modalities (play therapy, art, sand tray and narrative therapy) are used to help normalize and validate the feelings that are part of grief following the death of a loved one.
The University of Texas San Antonio, through its Academy for Crisis and TraumaCounseling (ACTC) will support individuals’ personal recovery and resilience through different counseling modalities including individual counseling for adults, couples and family mental health counseling. Counseling services at Paloma Place are offered at no cost to families and are provided by state licensed mental health professionals or graduate level interns from the University of Texas at San Antonio working under supervision. ACTC will also offer its resources and expertise to provide professional education, critical incidence support, research, and resources focused on grief, loss and traumatic recovery and resilience, psycho-educational and training in area schools and community groups.