The SAFE Place Treatment and Support Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia provides services, including outpatient treatment, family support, psychoeducation, referrals and resources to children and families where there is known or suspected child sexual abuse.
Depending on the needs of the individual child and family, SAFE Place Treatment and Support therapists may:
- Provide time-limited family support/psychoeducation in cases where trauma-focused treatment is not indicated
- Provide trauma-focused outpatient psychotherapy
- Help families find appropriate resources in the community
In addition, SAFE Place clinicians may provide education and training about topics related to child sexual abuse to interested community agencies and parent groups.
When sexual abuse is known or suspected to have occurred, it can be confusing and overwhelming. SAFE Place clinicians may support families by:
- Helping families deal with challenging behaviors a child may be exhibiting
- Helping caregiver/child process and understand medical information
- Supporting families in navigating systems involved, such as child welfare, legal and medical systems
- Teaching safety skills that may decrease the risk of child sexual abuse
- Providing caregivers with education about typical sexual development
- Improving the quality of communication between caregiver and child about difficult experiences
- Helping families to find appropriate resources in the community and making referrals
In many cases, children who have experienced sexual abuse will benefit from trauma-focused psychotherapy to address symptoms related to the abuse. SAFE Place clinicians are trained in providing Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Participants can expect treatment duration to be 12 to 20 sessions.