Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
The Christian Center for Family Counseling (CECAF) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping Dominican and Caribbean families. CECAF was founded by a group of professionals in 1990 who set in motion an integrated therapeutic program directed at families and their unique needs.
Currently CECAF concentrates on two areas:
This program area focuses on the totality of relationships that exist in the individual, the couple, and the family along with the generalities that shape and influence these relationships. Specifically, this program works in the following areas:
- Marital Issues (interactions that have consequences for the whole family)
- Children and Adolescents (emotional issues and education)
- Trauma (emotional injuries and the deficit of love that produce depression, addictions and personality disorders)
- Psychological Evaluations (offer a wide variety of psychological services)
- Financial Advising (family and personal finances, plans for payment of debts, and adequate financial controls)
Under these programmatic areas, CECAF carries out various social projects, with the purpose of reaching out to people with scarce economic resources. All programs fall into two major categories:
- Project Support - Offering therapeutic programs to pastoral families of scarce economic resources.
- Grassroots Centers: Therapeutic centers housed in churches located in heavily populated neighborhoods throughout the country. These centers offer their services at the lowest cost possible.
Human Relations Institute
This is the more "didactic arm" of the CECAF and offers the following programs:
- Family Counseling - Focused on improving communication skills when addressing cycles of life, sexuality, and family dysfunctions.
- Family Ministry: Directed at pastors to help them serve their congregations.
- Business Advising - Focused on assisting businesses in developing their human resources practices.
- Workshops, Conferences and Courses - Focused on pressing situations or issues likely found in the lives of the people CECAF serves, these programs help people to build skills for surviving these challenging situations.
Social projects in this program area fall into the following two categories:
- Project Support - Training workshops offered directly to pastoral families participating in therapeutic programs offered by CECAF.
- Programs of Training for Community Facilitators - Training Workshops offered to community facilitators for the purpose of assisting families in their own communities.
One of the central drives for CECAF is its effort to know the Dominican reality in all of its religious, cultural, social, and historic dimensions, in order to offer a life transformation that is it contextual, integrated, and sustainable.