Community Health Programs

Anti-Violence Programming

We are committed to decreasing the impact of domestic and community violence on our children and we want to decrease the rampant sexual abuse among the population we serve. The following programs were designed and implemented to decrease trauma within our community:

Violence Prevention Programs:

  • Our Intensive Family Team (IFT) responds to families in crisis. The IFT assigns each family unit to one afternoon per week for 12 weeks. The family attends family therapy (in English or in Spanish) with the clinician and the pediatrician over a catered meal. After the family therapy, each member of the family is assigned to other Whittier appointments, including individual therapy, psychiatry, physical evaluations, dental, or eye care appointments.
  • We also run Inoculation Against Violence groups, in which a therapist and arts therapist run a group for 5 to 7 year olds while an additional therapist and the domestic violence coordinator lead simultaneous parent groups. In each group session, the topic for children and parents is the same, presented differently. The children are taught ways of staying safe from community and domestic violence, how to develop resilience, and who to tell when something is wrong. The adult sessions focus on keeping their children safe and helping the children, and themselves, in the aftermath of domestic or community violence.

A note about Whittier and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in our area, we ask all clients and patients to call ahead before coming to any of our sites. We are working to take care of most clients/patients via phone/video encounter so we can meet your ongoing healthcare needs. This is for your safety and so we can provide the highest quality of care to you while following CDC guidance for COVID-19. Please call 617-427-1000 for any questions or concerns.

Whittier will provide COVID-19 testing from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday to Friday. Following CDC guidance, we recommend testing if you have a fever AND one of the following three symptoms: cough OR shortness of breath OR sore throat. Please bring your picture identification and your insurance card (if you have insurance).