The Family Learning Program (FLP) is an outpatient program offering psychological treatment and support to families who have experienced sexual abuse. Services are offered for all members of the family, including child and adolescent victims, siblings, and non-offending caregivers. FLP is one of only 15 Department of Health sponsored Sexual Abuse Treatment Programs (SATPs) within the state of Florida.
FLP offers treatment through a group modality at the South County location (at The Scott Center for Autism Treatment), at Devereux Therapeutic Group Home and at Devereux Residential Treatment Center in Viera. Individual, family, or couples therapy may be offered as needed. In addition to the Devereux services, the following South County groups correspond to different ages and family roles:
This group consists of children who have been victims of sexual abuse. Areas covered in group therapy include:
This group is for pre-teen aged children (typically ages 9-12) who have been victims of sexual abuse. Topics covered in the therapy group include:
Teenaged victims make up the Adolescent group. They discuss the following:
Siblings of the victims meet every week with the rest of the family and discuss important topics, such as:
This group consists of the non-offending parents of the child victim. This group gives the parents tools to help the whole family. Caregivers learn how to:
FLP provides services to families in need using Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), an evidence based treatment. The therapists providing the services are all Clinical Psychology Psy.D. students (most have masters degrees) and are working toward their doctoral degrees. They receive special training in TF-CBT and other evidence based sexual abuse treatments.
Florida Tech faculty and students are invited to utilize the FLP Research Database. Approximately twenty years of detailed client files are available for use, providing a diverse range of client variables and assessment data. Multiple client populations are available for study, including child victims of sexual abuse, siblings of victims of sexual abuse, non-offending caregivers/parents of victims of sexual abuse, and child sexual abuse perpetrators. The FLP research database is a useful tool in the study of psychological variables in areas of research such as child abuse, parenting, assessment, personality, trauma, and forensics.