The Outpatient Department, known as The Shepherd Program, at St. Mary’s Home for Children was established in 1985 to provide outpatient treatment and support to survivors of sexual abuse and their families. Since then, the Outpatient Department has expanded its services to best support children, adults and their families impacted by sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and other trauma, such as family violence and physical abuse, through a myriad of programs. Services are provided in the office, home and community. Referrals come from DCYF, physicians, families, schools, courts, other service providers and individuals seeking support and mental health treatment.

Shepherd Clinicians are available to train on a variety of topics related to sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, and other trauma. We would be happy to customize a training to meet your needs. Please contact the Director, Melissa Santoro, at to explore further.


Workshop offerings for The 7th annual Shepherd Training Series

July 15 th from 9:00-12:15pm; Non-Toxic Masculinity: Treatment Approaches for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse (VIRTUAL TRAINING- a google meet invite will be sent to registrants prior to training) presented by Adam Cable, LICSW (3CEU). This workshop will focus on treatment approaches for male survivors of sexual abuse in the context of a patriarchal society and a culture of toxic masculinity. Elements of toxic masculinity will be reviewed, followed by in-depth discussion of treatment tools and strategies to help repair the damage done by sexual abuse. Attendees of past trainings on toxic masculinity will have a chance to build a more advanced repertoire of techniques, while newcomers will have an opportunity to explore the fundamental concepts.

$50- training & 3 CEUs

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