|Sexual Abuse Treatment Program|
Information for young people and their families
Knowles Centre offers five different programs for the young people it serves. For some clients, we provide a Sexual Abuse Treatment Program. That means clients will meet with a Knowles Centre therapist about once every two weeks but continue to live in the community with their birth family, foster family or in a group home.
Here are some frequently asked questions about the Sexual Abuse Treatment Program at Knowles Centre:
Who attends the Sexual Abuse Treatment Program?
Children who have experienced sexual abuse are often left with many confusing questions about what happened to them and why. Therapy can help children understand and deal with the effects of the sexual abuse and their feelings about the experience. The SATP therapist is specially trained to assist clients and can provide a safe place to talk and share feelings.
Sexual abuse often leaves people with confusing feelings about themselves and others. These feelings can lead to difficulties concentrating, anger towards others, lack of appetite and/or eating disorders, substance abuse issues, relationship difficulties, depression, and other emotional struggles soon after or in the future.
It is possible to heal after experiencing sexual abuse and to enjoy a happy and healthy life. Therapy can be an important part of healing. It helps people affected by sexual abuse learn to cope with their feelings and move beyond the sexual abuse.
Therapy sessions are different for each person. For example, younger children often are helped best through play and art therapy. The therapist’s office has many different games, toys and dolls that can be used by young children. Older youth and adults often prefer traditional talk therapy – for individuals or families.
After about four weeks of initial therapy, an Assessment Conference will be held. At this time, the client and therapist along with a few other relevant support people, review how to best help the client depending on his or her strengths and needs. Treatment goals are also determined at this meeting.
Review meetings are held every six months.
Usually, clients attend therapy once every two weeks. Sessions may last 30 mintues to one hour depending on the client's age and attention span.
The duration of therapy is based on each client’s individual needs. Generally, a client will remain in treatment until he or she has achieved his or her treatment goals. Typically, a client will access the program from six months to a year, although some attend for much longer.
The therapist will help clients explore other treatment options if he or she stops progressing or regresses in treatment.
As well, once a client reaches age 21, adult services provided at another agency may be more appropriate. The SATP therapist will assist adult clients access those services.
Services at SATP are confidential. Only the client and his/her family and the therapist (and her supervisor) know a client is part of the program, in most cases. If there is a Child and Family Services Worker involved, he or she may also be privileged to some information regarding treatment.
Conversations between the SATP therapist and client are confidential and will be shared only with the client’s and/or guardians's permission.
The therapist will only violate this confidence in cases where a client reveals unreported past abuse episodes; the client talks about harming her or himself or anybody else; and/or the client discloses other safety concerns.
Parents and caregivers can also be helpful in the following ways:
There is assistance for parents and caregivers of a child who has been sexually abused. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to contact a professional agency that specializes in supporting families with members undergoing sexual abuse treatment, including:
There is no cost to clients of the Sexual Abuse Treatment Program at Knowles Centre. The program is funded solely by The United Way of Winnipeg.
The SATP office is located at Knowles Centre, 2065 Henderson Hwy in northeast Winnipeg. Our facility is located about 3/4 mile (or 1.2 km) before the North Perimeter Hwy.
First-time visitors should stop in the Knowles Centre Administration Building for directions to find the SATP office.
People interested in receiving services through the SATP can complete a referral form and send to Knowles Centre. Click to print a referral form [ PDF:766kb ] or call (204) 339-1951 to request a copy be mailed to you.
Completed referral forms may be returned to:
Or fax: (204) 334-4173
Individuals requesting services will be contacted by the SATP Coordinator/Therapist to schedule an intake appointment.
Please note there may be a wait list for services and individuals may not be contacted immediately. Please contact the SATP Coordinator/Therapist if you have questions or to confirm placement on the wait list.
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