Martha Nix Wade co-starred on The Waltons, Days of Our Lives, and many
other television shows. While Martha’s life appeared to be picture
perfect to adoring fans and family members, years of sexual abuse behind
closed doors were wreaking havoc on her perception of love, life,
relationships, and self. Her autobiography, My Secret Life shares her
journey to face the truth on the way to freedom from guilt and shame.
Her personal experience led her to start A Quarter Blue. A QUARTER of
children will be left BLUE from the trauma of sexual abuse. Also, as
you know as a foundation, blue is the ribbon for child abuse prevention.
The Summer of 2003, A Quarter Blue began as a for-profit with a passion
to educate society to protect their children since it is believed that
95% of sexual abuse is preventable through education.
Effective March 28, 2007, AQB became a 501©3
The summer of 2012, AQB saw the need for parents to have a place to not
feel alone, where they could have an understanding of the judicial
system, their child, and themselves. They also could have a glimpse of
hope and wholeness. At the same time, AQB provided art as an outlet for
children and teens to process through their pain, ultimately parents
joined them in this process of healing through art.
AQB’s therapeutic needs grew, therefore it added low to no-cost therapy
for those who have experienced sexual abuse, since their clients come
from low to moderate income households. AQB is able to offer these
services through utilizing practicum students from APU and Hope
Universities’ Master’s students under the supervision of a licensed
therapist. This also develops therapists who specialize in ministering
to the unique needs of those traumatized by childhood sexual abuse. AQB
also utilizes Marriage Family Therapist Interns and a licensed
therapist, who sees clients compensated by the Victim Compensation
Board. Therapy with a retired police horse began in 2015 with many of
AQB’s children. Client support goes beyond therapy, staff also assists
clients with the complicated court process and encouraging them in their
AQB offers education to enlighten families how to protect & empower
children through seminars and distribution of AQB resources. AQB also
equips professionals in effective interventions for victims of crime.
* I Am A Super Kid: An Age-Appropriate Guide to Empower Three to Seven
Year-Olds in Protecting Their Bodies
* SECURE, a high school magazine that encourages survivors to realize
they are not alone, and they may need help to work through their
trauma. It also seeks to develop students’ self-worth.
* My Secret Life: A Truthful Look at a Child Actor’s Victory Over
Sexual Abuse, the autobiography of A Quarter Blue’s founder
* Educating Adults to Protect & Empower Children, a book for trusted
adults to better understand how to raise children to be less likely to
fall prey to the ploys of pedophiles
* A Treasure to Behold, a picture book that encourages readers that a
treasured beauty develops out of persevering in spite of the hardship
* We’ve Been There, a magazine for elementary-aged girls created by
high school-aged girls
* The Tale of Gale, an illustrated story of a brave young boy who runs
for help when suspects a coach is being inappropriate
As AQB’s therapeutic needs grew, they added low to no-cost therapy for
those who have experienced sexual abuse, since their clients come from
low to moderate income households. AQB is able to offer these services
through utilizing practicum students and associates under the
supervision of a licensed therapist. This develops therapists who
specialize in ministering to the unique needs of those traumatized by
childhood sexual abuse.
In January 2018, AQB officially broadened their scope of practice to all
victims of crime. They are now AQB Trauma Recovery Center.
Martha Nix Wade, MA, started educating communities about the impact of crime on children, adults, families, and communities after receiving a Master’s in Intercultural Studies from BIOLA University and teaching credential from Whittier College. She authored My Secret Life: A Truthful Look at a Child Actor’s Victory over Sexual Abuse, which details her journey from victim to victor. This proves to be a valuable resource for crime survivors, who feel connected to Martha due to her authentic transparency; they see the possibility of hope as they meet with her for additional support and encouragement. Martha also actively coordinates outreach, presents throughout the world, and whatever else it takes to create at AQB’s hopeful environment. “While I wouldn’t wish sexual assault on anyone, I am grateful I had a team of people around me who helped me heal, so that I can encourage and empower others to fight the good fight. They are not alone; healing is definitely possible! I’ve been down that path, and I will walk alongside those who come to A Quarter Blue’s Trauma Recovery Center.”
Elizabeth Rivas, LMFT #94886, has worked as a corrections officer, victim advocate, therapist, mental health outreach coordinator, case manager in a psychiatric hospital, and is completing her Doctorate in Education. She has extensive training and experience in the assessment and treatment of acute trauma and polyvictimization, including treatment of mental health and substance abuse concerns. “My greatest passion is working with all victims of violent crimes in their journey to heal, through compassion and understanding.”
A Quarter Blue’s Trauma Recovery Center utilizes Marriage Family Therapist Associates, who have completed their Master’s Degree. They provide therapeutic and practical support for crime victims and their families.
Here are some highlights about our current Marriage Family Therapist Trainees:
A Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s Graduate from Pacific Oaks College, Morris has worked with people with autistic behaviors and related disorders. He is inspired to help people change their lives, learn to cope following traumatic events, and have a better future. “My purpose is to be a spark of hope in the mental health community. I believe positive growth leads to prosperous living and long-term healing. Experiencing a paradigm shift occurs as clients learn to understand how they are were re-wired from the traumatic experiences.”
A Master’s graduate in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Ariana has worked with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma and also have been in foster care with OCDE Safe Schools and New Alternatives, Inc. “I have a passion working with youth who have been through adversities and trauma. I want to be able to make a difference in their lives in order to restore the opportunity to live a purposeful and meaningful life.”
A Quarter Blue’s Trauma Recovery Center utilizes Marriage Family Therapist Trainees, who are in their second half of a Master’s degree in Marriage Family Therapy. They provide therapeutic and practical support for crime victims and their families.
A Master’s student in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University, Angelica has experience as a Behavioral Therapist for children with Autism and related disorders. “My purpose is to help victims of crime learn how to effectively cope and heal from past traumas. I am very fortunate to be a part of the AQB staff because I am surrounded by experienced, caring, and passionate clinicians.”
Alissa Barreto, a Master’s student in Marriage and Family Therapy at Vanguard University, worked with foster children and domestic violence survivors at Hart’s Community Homes and Sheepfold’s Shelter. Alissa trains parents about decreasing violence. “It is truly an honor to work with such a self-sacrificing and caring organization that will stop at nothing to give back to the under-served community of children needing to be heard and valued.”
Savannah Curdo, a Master’s Degree student in Clinical Psychology at Vanguard University, spent half of her childhood in the South Pacific Islands. She has an understanding and respect for different cultures and ethnicities. She has assisted teens and women through the process of reporting and healing following rape and molestation. She integrates art into therapy and is thrilled to lead AQBTRC’s art processing group. An artist herself, she believes art “acts as a voice when words fail to fully express what a person may be feeling or thinking.”
Kathryn E. Hamel, M.A. — Law Enforcement, California
Sergeant Dan Romo — Law Enforcement, California
Jennifer Havriluk — Business Owner (American Mailing Printing List Services)
Dr. Sharon Wollaston — Pediatrician
Roylyn Burton, Community Program Specialist with Social Services, Co-Founder of Faith in Motion