Sexual Abuse: Family Education and Treatment (SAFE-T) Program

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Scientific Rating:
3
Promising Research Evidence
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Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
Medium
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Sexual Abuse: Family Education and Treatment (SAFE-T) Program has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Sexual Behavior Problems Treatment (Adolescents).

Target Population: Adolescents who have offended sexually (intra- or extra- familial) and their families

For children/adolescents ages: 12 – 19

Brief Description

The SAFE-T Program consists of assessment and treatment services that focus on strengths and challenges so that individuals and families can make changes necessary for healthy futures. The SAFE-T Program is committed to providing opportunities for children, youth, and families to actively participate in coping with their experiences with all aspects of sexual abuse utilizing their unique strengths and resources. Recommendations from the assessment guide the development of an individualized treatment plan. Goals are developed in collaboration with the child/youth and family and will be reviewed and altered as needs or circumstances change. Individual needs are always considered and every effort is made to customize services to address the unique circumstances of each client and/or family.

The client/therapist relationship is critical for it allows for the child/youth and family to work towards their agreed upon treatment goals in a safe and supportive context. Guided by treatment needs, a combination of individual, group and family therapy may be recommended.

Training, supervision, and consultation to other professionals is offered by the SAFE-T Program with the aim of helping to increase public awareness and understanding of child sexual abuse, children with concerning sexualized behavior, and youth who have offended sexually. The SAFE-T Program is committed to conducting research in all three client areas. The program also strives to foster professional, academic, and community partnerships to promote awareness and understanding of sexual abuse.

Program Goals:

The goals of Sexual Abuse: Family Education and Treatment (SAFE-T) Program are:

  • Promote the safety and well-being of children from sexual abuse and exploitation
  • Provide clinical assessment, treatment, and support services for children and youth who have experienced sexual abuse, children who are exhibiting/have exhibited concerning sexual behaviors, adolescents who have sexually offended, and their families
  • Conduct research that will increase knowledge and understanding of sexual abuse and will contribute to improved treatment and support of children, youth, and families that have been affected by sexual abuse
  • Provide clinical training and consultation to mental health professionals and allied disciplines in the assessment and treatment of sexual abuse

SAFE-T is committed to providing opportunities for children, youth, and families to actively participate in coping with their experiences with sexual abuse utilizing their unique strengths and resources. The program also strives to foster professional, academic, and community partnerships to promote awareness and understanding of sexual abuse.

Contact Information

Name: Tina Fridmann
Email:
Phone: (416) 744-9000 x328

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2011