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STOP Program Components

The following components are included in STOP programming:

  • Disclosure Statement
  • Victim Empathy
  • Apology/Clarification Letters
  • Boundaries
  • Psychoeducation regarding legal issues
  • Healthy Sexuality
  • Trauma History
  • Grooming/Maintenance Behaviors
  • Relapse Prevention Planning
  • Cycle of Abuse
  • Healthy Living Plan

STOP Individual Therapy

Consumers participate in weekly, hour-long sessions with a licensed psychotherapist addressing the above components of the program. Programming can be tailored to the individual’s age, gender, and/or cognitive ability. The individual components of the STOP program often take 9 months to 1 year to complete. Length of treatment varies significantly based on the youth’s age, developmental level, cognitive functioning, trauma history and motivation to complete treatment.

STOP Group Therapy

Consumers participate in weekly, 60-90 minute group sessions with other clients in the STOP program. The group focuses on:

  • PRAC Skills (Psychoeducations on trauma, Relaxation skills, Affect management, Cognitive coping)
  • Correcting Thinking Errors
  • Healthy Sexuality
  • Safe Media and Technology Use
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Moral Development
  • Healthy Decision Making
  • Pornography Cessation

STOP Sibling Reparative Therapy

This component of the STOP program is geared towards families in which sibling sexual abuse has occurred. The youth’s individual therapist coordinates co-therapy sessions with the victim’s individual therapist with the goal of promoting and practicing healthy and safe sibling relationships. The youth that has offended prepares and presents an apology to the sibling victim. The sibling victim is then encouraged to ask questions of their sibling offender. The primary purpose of the sibling reparative therapy component is to assist the victim in his/her “healing process”. This treatment component also provides the family with guidance regarding safety and supervision planning. The sibling reparative therapy piece is often utilized during the family reunification process after a youth with problematic behavior has been placed outside of the home where the victim(s) resides.

STOP Family Psychoeducation

Active parent participation is strongly encouraged in the STOP program. The youth’s individual therapist incorporates family psychoeducation at a frequency determined by the youth’s individual treatment plan. This component focuses on educating parents on issues such as supervision and safety planning, healthy technology/media use, recognizing their child’s grooming behaviors, and understanding their child’s cycle of abuse.