Who attends the Families Affected by Sexual Assault [FASA] Program? Sexual Behaviour [SBP] Program?

The FASA program is for children under the age of 18 and their families. The children have been sexually assaulted by someone other than their parent/caregiver or sibling and disclosed this recently. The SBP program is for children under the age of 12 and their families/caregivers. The program works with children who are exhibiting developmentally inappropriate sexual behaviour towards another person or themselves. Attending the FASA/SBP program is voluntary.

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Who attends the Families Affected by Sexual Assault [FASA] Program? Sexual Behaviour [SBP] Program?
The FASA program is for children under the age of 18 and their families. The children have been sexually assaulted by someone other than their parent/caregiver or sibling and disclosed this recently. The SBP program is for children under the age of 12 and their families/caregivers. The program works with children who are exhibiting developmentally inappropriate sexual behaviour towards another person or themselves. Attending the FASA/SBP program is voluntary.
Is there a waiting list?
There is typically no waiting list for FASA. We work to respond to your calls within three business days. For the SBP program there can be a waiting list.
How long are the sessions? How often do we attend?
Sessions typically last for an hour although this may be altered to fit the needs of younger children. Sessions initially may be once a week, typically every two weeks or as you and the therapist decide the schedule.
What happens in therapy?
Therapy in the FASA program is different for each family. It can include talking, playing, drawing, games or writing. It is not a requirement for healing that children talk about what happened to them in detail. In fact we know that often this can be more distressing than helpful. We teach families strategies for coping with thoughts, images, feelings and behaviours that may impact their daily life. We help parents to learn how to help their children at home. We know that families can and do recover after a child has been sexually assaulted.
Is there a cost for attending therapy?
There is no cost to you for therapy. We are funded by the Manitoba Government Department of Family Services and the United Way.
Is there parking?
There is street parking available around the building at 717 Portage Ave (1 block west of Maryland St).
How long will we need to attend therapy?
We work together to meet the needs of your specific family and therefore cannot predict how long you will need to attend. It may be only a few sessions or a lengthier period. You may choose to return to therapy if there are issues that reoccur at a later date.
What if my kid does not want to come to therapy?
If your child is refusing to come to therapy we will still meet with you. We believe that parents can be the best resource for their children and will work with you to help your child.
Is the therapist allowed to tell anyone that we are attending therapy or what we say?
We can only tell someone that you are attending therapy with written consent from the parents. There are exceptions to keeping information confidential which includes if a child is being hurt, if anyone attending therapy is threatening to hurt themselves, or someone else.
I don’t know how to talk about sexuality with my children, will you help?
Yes, we have many resources to assist you in talking with your children about healthy sexuality. This can be a challenging and uncomfortable topic for many parents and we will help you find a way to talk about this with your child now and as they grow up.