Sexual Abuse Treatment Program

Since its inception in 1987, the Sexual Abuse Treatment Program has helped more than 1,500 children and non-offending family members in Schenectady County heal from the damaging effects of child sexual abuse. The program’s goal is to reduce the trauma experienced by each family member, and to help the family adjust and reorganize in a manner to help ensure the healthy development and ongoing protection of the child.  There is no cost to families for Families Work services.

What are the services available?
  • Evaluations to assist with a determination of child sexual abuse
  • Professional staff available to testify to findings in Family Court and provide consultation to service providers
  • Ongoing therapy for child victims of sexual abuse and their non-offending family members which can include:
    • Individual Therapy for the child victim
    • Family Therapy
    • Parent Education and Support Sessions/ Support Group
    • Play therapy and therapeutic games
    • Psycho-educational sessions regarding the dynamics of sexual abuse, personal safety and the common impact issues associated with sexual abuse and trauma.
    • Skill building for both the child and parents (anger management, coping/affect regulation, social skills, parenting skills, communication and assertiveness skills)
    • Trauma informed care (particularly through the Attachment, Self-Regulation, & Competency/ ARC Model)

All clinical services within the program are provided by Master’s Level therapists.  The family and therapist develop a flexible treatment schedule of individual, group, and/or family therapy determined by the needs of each child and non-offending family member.

  • The child is sufficiently empowered to keep himself or herself safe to the best of their ability.
  • The child develops an understanding of what has happened and does not blame himself or herself for the abuse.
  • The degree of trauma is significantly decreased as evidenced by a cessation of symptoms, emotional or behavioral concerns.
  • The non-offending parent is able to support the child and demonstrate an ability to protect the child from further abuse.
  • Parents and siblings also receive therapeutic services when necessary.
  • Complimentary taxi service to the program office, where all treatment and evaluation occurs.
  • Some evening appointments available
Who can access services?

Child residents of Schenectady County between the ages of 3 and 17 years old who have disclosed sexual abuse or where there is evidence of trauma usually expressed in symptomology or behaviors. The family must be involved with the Schenectady County Department of Social Services in order to be eligible for services.

How are services accessed?

Referrals are accepted exclusively through the Schenectady County Department of Social Services. Referrals can be made to the Director Barbara Pasinella, LMHC or Program Coordinator Nicole Muller, LCSW at (518) 393-2194 or or Fax:  (518) 579-3570.

When are services available?

The program is operated Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with some evening appointments available.

We pride ourselves on the unmatched quality of our services, and are pleased to report that in 2012:

  • 85% of our clients were satisfied with services they received at Northeast
  • 95% of parents/guardians were satisfied with services their family received at Northeast
  • 94% of our foster parents were satisfied with Northeast services in managing children in their home

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