By: Megan Eckles (Therapist/Training Specialist) What is considered sexual assault? According to the US Department of Justice, sexual assault is defined as means any nonconsensual sexual act proscribed by Federal, tribal, or State law, including when the victim lacks capacity to consent. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center mentions that the are several forms of […]

By: Megan Eckles (Therapist/Training Specialsit) What are the facts? 1 in 7 children experienced abuse of neglect within the last year (CDC, 2022).  In 2020 Georgia ranked 38th in the nation for child well-being (Georgia Division of Family and Children Services). Types of Abuse Physical Abuse: injury or death inflicted upon a child by a parent […]

Brook Weaver MSMFT Team Lead, District 2; Recovery Services Division Explanation of your role at Georgia HOPE: I am in school based mental health therapist at elementary schools in Murray County. I love my job getting to know and helping the kiddos. I feel honored to be able to help kids through their trauma and learn how to […]

Jennifer Vincent MA, LAPC, NCC Substance Abuse Team Lead & Therapist What is your role at Georgia HOPE?: I am a therapist and team lead on the Substance Use Team at Georgia HOPE. Through my role as a therapist, I provide individual counseling services for adults and adolescents, lead Relapse Prevention and Dual Diagnosis groups, […]

Self-harm: this is when one hurts themselves as a way of dealing with very difficult feelings. Some individuals self-harm as a way to: -express their feelings when it is hard to put into words -change emotional pain into physical pain -reduce overwhelming feelings -punish themselves for their feelings and experiences -express suicidal feelings and thoughts […]