Approved Members

AN OUTLINE OF THE PROCESS

The Contact Person

The important role of the contact person

Each member organization is required to assign a contact person to be the liaison between the client and ASAP. The contact person is critical to the success of this program, as their role is to guide and support the client through therapy and ensure they are receiving the care they need.  The contact person is someone who is in contact with the individual on a regular basis, who understands and is sensitive to their needs, and is committed to helping them move forward in life. This role requires approximately 1 hour a month per client. 

To help organizations alleviate the cost of guiding and supporting their clients in the therapeutic process, 10% of the cost of therapy will be provided to referring organizations.

The responsibilities of the contact person include

  • Identifying victims of sexual abuse who are in need of therapy but cannot afford to pay for the entire therapeutic process on their own.
  • Assess the therapeutic and financial needs of the potential client
  • Refer clients to the suitable therapist (see therapist requirement). If help is needed in choosing a therapist, please contact a professional organization who can do so (see list of professional organization)
  • Submit the funding request
  • Guide and support the client throughout the process of therapy
  • Interface between the client, therapist, and ASAP.
    • Inform the client and therapist of the funding decision
    • Contact the therapist to set up the first therapy session
    • Gather and submit feedback forms from clients and therapist as needed
    • Receive invoices from the therapists, and submit them to ASAP

Who should be assigned as the contact person?

The ideal contact person is someone who:

  • is a paid employee of your organization
  • Is in direct contact with the client on an ongoing basis
  • Has a minimum of three years of experience working with youth at risk
  • Understands and has experience working with cases involving sexual abuse
  • Is currently working directly with youth at risk
To help organizations alleviate the cost of guiding and supporting their clients in the therapeutic process, 10% of the cost of therapy will be provided to referring organizations.

The Therapist

Choosing a therapist

Sexual abuse is a painful violation with severe and complex traumatic impact on the victim. In order to receive the optimal therapeutic treatment needed to help them heal, it is critical that victims who have been violated are treated by professionals with expertise in this field. Not every therapist is suitable for every client. For therapy to succeed, it  is crucial that the therapist and client are a suitable match, and that the therapist has the knowledge and skills to address the clients’ needs.

Therapists criteria

ASAP supports evidence based trauma-focused therapy only. Only therapists who meet the following criteria will be funded. Please take this in to account before making a referral.

  • Therapeutic MA (either in social work, psychology, or expressive arts therapies)
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working with children or youth at risk, at least three years of which is direct experience working with victims of child sexual abuse
  • Has undergone specific training on trauma-focused therapy for victims of sexual abuse
  • Receives clinical supervision on an ongoing basis

Reporting

What kind of reporting is required? In order to approve a grant application for a therapy subsidy, ASAP requires an application form to be filled out with information from the therapist, contact person and anonymously from the client (or their parents). Application forms will be required for each therapy assessment grant (4 sessions) and treatment subsidy (16 sessions). 

Ready to apply?

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