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What is Forensically Sensitive Therapy?

Forensically Sensitive Therapy (FST) was created to be used effectively with child sexual abuse victims when criminal and civil court cases are actively pending. FST begins at the end of the investigative process, when abuse has been substantiated and the case is being prosecuted, and the patient is exhibiting symptomatic distress. The FST model is an ecological approach that uses multiple modalities of intervention, including: 1) therapy for the child's sexual abuse trauma that includes both the child and non-offending caregiver, 2) specific intervention and support for the non-offending caregiver pertaining to the multiple losses sustained in the aftermath of sexual abuse discovery, 3) interface with the Criminal Justice System and criminal court, 4) interface with Child Protective Services and civil courts, and 5) interface with schools and other professionals typically involved in child abuse cases.

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