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Counseling and Support Groups

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Counseling Services

Individual, child, and family counseling are offered at Children’s Inn by therapists who specialize in serving survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Counseling is available to individuals in the community, as well as the clients residing in our emergency shelter. Services are offered in-person or via telehealth for children, adolescents, and adults. Play-based therapy is available for children as young as three. All counseling services provided by Children’s Inn are confidential and free of charge.

Call 605-338-4880 or email us to make an appointment.

Meet Our Therapists

Jody Bockorny, MS, LPC-MH, NCC

Jody Bockorny is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She joined Children’s Inn as a therapist in November 2015. Jody received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education from Augustana College. She holds a master’s degree in Education from Southwest Minnesota State University and has 15 years of teaching experience. Jody holds a master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University. Before beginning at Children’s Inn, Jody completed her master-level internship at The Compass Center, helping survivors of abuse. Jody is experienced in counseling survivors of abuse due to her knowledge and training related to the impacts of trauma on the mind and body. Jody uses a person-centered approach to support her clients’ therapeutic journey. Her goal is to help clients find hope and healing through self-discovery and growth.


Alicen Hauck, MS, NCC

Alicen Hauck joined Children’s Inn as a therapist in January 2021. She received her Bachelor of Science in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN, and her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. Before beginning at Children’s Inn, she completed her master-level counseling internship at The Compass Center and provided therapy for individuals who had experienced sexual, relational, and family trauma. At Children’s Inn, Alicen works to empower survivors of abuse to love themselves again, seek safety, and find hope.

Alicen offers counseling services to children (3+), adolescents, and adults. She utilizes a combination of Client-Centered, Adlerian, and Trauma-Focused counseling approaches to fully comprehend her clients’ unique experience and how best to help them. Alicen is currently under supervision for her professional counseling license and working towards her Registered Play Therapist credential.


Women's Support Groups

We provide support for women who have experienced emotional, sexual, and/or physical violence in their relationships. 

Women's support groups are open and may be joined by anyone at any time. No pre-registration is required and there is no cost to attend. 

Discussion topics include the dynamics of domestic violence, crisis issues caused by domestic violence, the impact of traumatic experiences on daily living, staying safe, self-esteem issues and healthy relationships.

Women's support groups take place at Children's Inn

  • Mondays at 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • Thursdays at 6:30pm-8:00pm


EMPOWER groups are for adolescents who have experienced dating violence or are considered at risk of being in unhealthy relationships.

Discussion topics include dating, staying safe, equality in relationships, personal boundaries, healthy communication and what to do if you or someone you know is being hurt.

EMPOWER groups are offered at area middle schools and high schools. Contact us or your school counselor to see if EMPOWER is meeting in your school.

Men's Support Groups

We provide support for men who have endured abuse within their relationships. 

Men's support groups are closed and registration is required. The group meets for 8 weeks and there is no cost to attend. 

Discussion topics include the dynamics of domestic violence, the cycle of abuse, overcoming gender roles and stereotypes, characteristics of healthy relationships, safe communication, building a support system and healing from abuse. 

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LGBTQ Support Groups

We offer an 8-session LGBTQ Support Group for victims and survivors of domestic violence, with meetings held weekly. All adults with diverse gender identities and sexual orientations are welcome. 

Educational information is provided, as well as open discussion about personal experiences.

This is a closed group, so registration is required. There is no cost to attend!   

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Families Forward

Mother/Children Support Group

Families Forward supports women and their children who have experienced domestic or family violence within the past two years. This program helps participants learn about the impact of trauma, build coping skills and explore trauma-related emotions.

The program consists of two groups that meet at the same time—one for mothers and the other for children ages 4-12. Families Forward groups meet for 10 consecutive weeks.

For Mothers

If you are a mother who has experienced domestic violence, this group is helpful in exploring how trauma impacts parenting, how to parent while under stress and how to recognize a trauma response in your children. You’ll explore the complex feelings about the violence you have experienced, creation of safety plans, stress management and planning for your future.

For Children Ages 4-12

Children of moms attending the mothers’ group can participate in a children’s group. It addresses identifying complicated emotions, creating developmentally appropriate safety plans, interacting with family members/others and building conflict resolution skills.

To learn more, contact:

Alicen Hauck at 605-330-7385 or

This is a closed group, so registration is required. There is no cost to attend!   

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