Sexual trauma is a broader term referring to childhood sexual abuse, assault, harassment and child sexual exploitation (CSE). The New Ways OST programme focuses on processing a young person’s trauma, developing healthy relationships and building their resilience. Viewing the behaviour of a young person through a trauma-informed lens can foster the environment necessary for the young person to move forward and experience post-traumatic growth.
The OST programme is guided by practical evidence and significant studies centring around childhood sexual trauma. The programme is supported by a multi-systemic approach which emphasises involvement of significant people in the young person’s world to ensure continuity, collaboration and collective support.
Each young person in our therapeutic homes have their own unique experiences, stories and personal trauma. What we know from research and work with young people who have experienced sexual trauma is that they have often survived chaotic environments and been exposed to unhelpful beliefs and attitudes. The OST programme is tailored to every young person’s individual needs, focussing on our child-centred approach throughout each session.
The OCT programme comprises both individual and group intervention programmes, adopting a trauma-informed approach.The home and programme adopts a therapeutic approach to living and focuses on building resilience and reducing shame.
The individual therapeutic work covers personal content, such as trauma exploration. As well as the sensitive therapeutic work, emphasis the overall intervention also looks at broader issues, the young person’s strengths, skills building, developing relationships, healthy thinking, positive communication and effective self-management in all areas of life.
The OST individual programme consists of 60 semi-structured therapeutic sessions. The programme is made up of 5 modules, with 12 sessions in each.
Group therapy has less of a focus on processing traumatic experiences and aims to support young people in putting their skills and learning into practice in safe environments.