Providing Hope & Healing to Those in Crisis

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Counselling and Support

We provide a host of counseling services including individual counseling, support groups and equine therapy for a wide range of needs.  These may include depression, abuse, FASD,  or marital issues.  Our goal is to assist and walk by your side no matter the difficulty or crisis you are facing. The Papillion Center is a not for profit organization who utilizes different modalities to bring about Hope & Healing to Families in Crisis. “Understanding Children from Hard Places” is the core of what we do. We take a holistic approach, considering mind, body and soul when working with our clients. Our work is based on Trust Based Relational Intervention © and ”The Connected Child” (Purvis & Cross, 1999-2011). We offer Individual Therapy, Couple & Family Therapy, and Child & Adolescent Therapy.

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Here are some of our more popular programs.  We welcome you to be a part them!

Connect (Men’s Group)

Depression Support Group

Out of Darkness (Women’s Support Group)

Broken Princess (Support for Cutting)

Power Tools for Living (13-18 Yrs Old)

Power Tools for Living (8-12 Yrs Old)

Power Tools for Living (Summer Camp)



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Child/Adolescent Intake


kids runningStrategies for Education: Understanding FASD and Children from Hard Places

January 30, 2015 

Belmont University

Do you live with, teach, or work with a child from a hard place? Do you find yourself wondering how to best help the child in your care? If so, this conference is for you. We will be covering the “why” behind the behaviors and the “how” to help makes things different. You will leave this conference with a “tool box” of usable information and a greater understanding for the children in your care.

+  Learn what defines a child from a Hard Place
+  Learn about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
+  Gain tools to help children find success in the classroom
+  Learn the basics of Trust Based Relational Intervention
+  Gain an understanding of EAP/EAL Equine Therapy and how it can help your child

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  • What is FASD?
  • Workshops
  • Equine Therapy
  • Resources

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is brain damage caused by pre-natal exposure to alcohol.  FASD is often termed an “invisible physical handicapping condition.”  The effects of prenatal alcohol and other drug exposure on the developing brain are the most debilitating aspects of this condition. Often, the only indicators of this physical disability are found in learning and other behavioral characteristics.

Parents and professionals often find standard techniques are ineffective. Many people experience increasing frustration over time when children’s behaviors are unresponsive to traditional interventions. Until recently, there has been little information linking the “organicity, ” or neurological differences associated with FASD, with behaviors.

The Papillion Center has developed workshops that can be conducted at your
site. This allows you to include multiple participants at a lower cost.


FASD-Understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Introduces participants to FASD with emphasis on the effect of prenatal alcohol exposure
on the developing brain resulting in cognitive and behavioral difficulties. Participants
will learn general strategies to support persons with FASD. Participants will also learn
about the significance and prevention of Secondary Characteristics associated with
Time allocated: 9:00 am- 3:30 pm
5.0 contact hours with certificate of completion
Fees for workshop: $595.00 and travel cost

FASD-Impact on Society and Legal Implications

Participants will gain an understanding of FASD and learn how FASD impacts our
society. Participants will also learn how FASD impacts the legal system and what the
implications are for society.
Time allocated: 9:00 am- 3:30 pm
5.0 contact hours with certificate of completion
Fees for workshop: $595.00 and travel cost

This therapy incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning.  It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals.

EAGALA is experiential in nature.  Participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses and then processing/discussing feelings, behaviors and patterns.  It is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families, and groups and we well suited for all populations and age groups.  All sessions are on the ground with the horses.

Contact Gidget Leonard for more information

The Connected Child

FASD Center for Excellence-Reach to Teach Manual

Free course-FASD “The Basics”

NOFAS National Organization of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

CDC  Regional Training Centers and Articles of Interest

FAS Diagnostic and Prevention Network


Teresa Kellerman’s site with a wealth of information

On-line Resource Center

 Jodee Kulp’s sites with a wealth of information  and

Understanding Interpersonal Trauma in Children