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FISA Curriculum


The Shepherd Program - Families Impacted by Sexual Abuse Curriculum

The Shepherd Team recently revised their previous Non-Offending Parent Education Manual to include best practices and current research. This new manual, the Families Impacted by Sexual Abuse Curriculum contains a Facilitator Manual which lists out step by step, how to cover each topic within.

The primary goal of the Shepherd Programís Families Impacted by Sexual Abuse curriculum is to increase knowledge of sexual abuse issues for parents and caregivers and to provide clinical support and guidance regarding impacts of sexual abuse. The FISA Curriculum gives options to explore, educate and support caregivers for each topic, with various modalities to explore the information, i.e. videos, handouts, activities. Some newly added topics include: Family Culture & Child Sexual Abuse; Pornography Impacts & Prevention; Sexual Exploitation of Children; Family Reintegration; and Family Resiliency.

The FISA Curriculum will be available for purchase and use with families via trainings offered at St. Mary's Home for Children. Training Participants will have the opportunity to: Understand the concepts and topics carefully selected for the FISA Curriculum; Learn how to use the curriculum to run clinical groups with parents/caretakers of sexual abuse survivors and/or provide the curriculum in a one-to-one setting and explore potential challenges that may arise during the group. All participants will receive a copy of the Families Impacted by Sexual Abuse curriculum.

To learn more about the FISA Curriculum, please contact the Program Director, Melissa Santoro, at


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