Child Advocacy Program (CAP)

CAP provides services to children and adolescents from birth to 22 who have been sexually abused or witnessed a homicide or violent crime. The CAP team is specifically trained to work with victims of trauma.

What is CAP?

Counseling and ongoing therapy are proven to alleviate the long-term conditions often resulting from abuse, such as feelings of guilt and shame, extreme anxiety, and depression. Children and adolescents who receive support following the disclosure of a traumatic event learn to deal with these conditions before they develop into life-long problems. When a parent learns their child has been the victim of abuse, this can often cause a crisis in the family. Specially trained Compass Health clinicians help children, adolescents, and their families figure out the most effective way to move past their traumatic experiences and toward happy and fulfilling lives.

Who does CAP serve?

Compass Health Children’s Advocacy Program (CAP) provides services to children, adolescents, and young adults from birth to 22 who have been sexually abused or witnessed a homicide or violent crime. Non-offending family members are also included in service delivery.

No child, youth, or family will be denied CAP services because of an inability to pay. The cost of CAP is covered, in part, by most health insurance plans. If you have made a police report, we will help you apply for Crime Victims Compensation which is a state program that pays for counseling for victims of crimes. If you do not have insurance the cost of therapy is covered by a grant from the Office of Crime Victim’s Advocacy (OCVA).

Compass Health offers this service at their Snohomish County clinics, and at Dawson Place where CAP therapists are also located.

Approach to care

Specially trained therapists use Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) as their primary treatment model for CAP – an evidence-based practice proven to be a highly effective treatment model for trauma. CAP therapists also use other evidence-based trauma treatments, including Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT) and Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).

Goal of CAP

The goal of the CAP program is to work with clients and their families, as appropriate, to work through their trauma experiences and move toward happy and fulfilling lives. This often means supporting clients through court trials in addition to providing evidence-based care with a highly specialized team.


Services in this program include the following, based on client need:

  • Mental Health Assessment
  • Non-legal trial support
  • Trauma-informed Individual and Family Counseling


To determine if you or your child qualify for this service, call 425-349-3030. If you are already enrolled in services at Compass Health, talk to your clinician about this service.

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