Project Safe Space: Trauma-Focused Mental Health Services for Refugee and Immigrant Children launched in 2014 and currently serves immigrant and refugee youth in both St. Louis County and St. Louis City through support from St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund, the St. Louis MHB, and the Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis. Project Safe Space specializes in providing free, trauma-informed mental health services to immigrant and refugee children and youth between the ages of 5-19. The project currently partners with schools in the Ritenour School District, Bayless School District, St. Louis Public Schools, and Premier Charter School. Projected Fall 2018 expansion includes services in Hazelwood and Pattonville School Districts.
- Comprehensive trauma-informed assessments (caregiver, teacher, child).
- Trauma-focused individual and group therapy utilizing somatic-based and EMDR interventions.
- Caregiver support: trauma-informed psycho-education sessions and coaching.
- Teacher support: trauma-informed trainings and individualized coaching (upon request).
Students qualified for our services must be either:
- Foreign-born children
- Children of foreign-born caregivers
- ELL students
Project Safe Space therapeutic services empower youth with self-regulation skills, healthier coping skills, and a better understanding of their emotions and needs. If you have any questions regarding our referral process or would like additional information regarding Project Safe Space, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Project Coordinator Rita Skiba at 314-728-3630.