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Family Learning Program (FLP)

Research Training

The Family Learning Program provides data for Florida Tech faculty and doctoral students to utilize in academic research. The FLP research database is a useful tool in the study of psychological variables in areas of research such as child abuse, parenting, assessment, personality, trauma, and forensics.  Data gathered for research are de-identified and use is in accordance with the Florida Institute of Technology Institutional Review Board (IRB).  Consent for use of data for research is obtained from guardians at the initiation of treatment and participation is completely voluntary and deciding not to permit use of data for research will not affect eligibility for treatment or the treatment process.

To promote useful research, FLP provides evidence-based, best practice services and we continually gather feedback about how the program and our clients are doing. Client satisfaction, individualized goal achievement ratings, treatment plan progress assessment and annual review of program goals are regularly implemented.

Frequent presentations and training about FLP and sexual abuse are made to community agencies such as department of children and families, guardian ad litems, sexual assault victims assistance program, big brother & sister, correctional officers, medical and treatment facilities, and the women's center.

Doctoral Research Projects

Amy Plewinski (2014). Predicting Treatment Completion in an Outpatient Sexual Offender Program.

Cory Safra (2014). Factors Influencing Treatment Outcome of Sexual Offenders.

Laura White (2013). A psychometric evaluation of the MMPI-A-RF using Clinical and Nonclinical adolescent samples.

Aaron Privett (2012). Personality Characteristics of Sex Offenders using the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF).

Ashley Hoffman (2012). Validation of a Positive Parenting Scale Measuring Attitudes, Knowledge, and Self-Reported Behaviors

Stephen Holwerda (2012). The Relationship Between Parental Protective Factors and Adaptive Behavior Following Childhood Sexual Abuse

Erica Johnson (2012). Differences in Caregiver Self-Esteem Based on Sexual Abuse of Offspring

Apryl Alexander (2010). Non-Offending Caregiver Support and Blame and Internalizing Symptoms in Sexually Abused Children

Monica Cline (2010). Social Service Workers' Perceptions of Non-offending Caregivers in cases of Intrafamilial Child Sexual Abuse

Jessie Giglio (2010). Differences in Perceptions of Child Sexual Abuse Based on Perpetrator Age and Respondent Gender

Maria Rheaume (2010). Sex Differences in the Posttraumatic Symptom Expression of Survivors of Sexual Abuse: A Product of Sex or Gender?

Publications

Baker, J.N. and Allen, J. (2001).
Telling Questions: More Details-Less Anxiety: Intervention Strategies that Work! (For Special Issue on Child Sexual Abuse).
Journal of Clinical Activities, Assignments & Handouts, innovations in resources for treatment & intervention. Vol 1(3), 53-66

Baker, J. N., Tanis, H. J., & Rice, J. B. (2001)
Including siblings in the treatment of child sexual abuse.
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 10, 1-16.

Lascu, L., Plaut, S., & Baker, J.N. (1993).
An Investigation of Reasons for Premature Termination in a Sexual Abuse Group Treatment Program.
Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL: Unpublished Program Evaluation presented to the Family Learning Program, July 12,1993.

Amari, D., Dannelet, M., & Baker, J.N. (1992).
An Assessment of the Need for a Sexual Abuse Treatment Program in Brevard County Florida.
Program evaluation presented to and in collaboration with the Child Protection Team.

Presentations and Workshops

Rosenblatt, Rachel & Baker, J. N. (2003, August 10)
Child Outcomes Related to Sexual Abuser Relationship and Onset Age
The American Psychological Association 111th Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada.

Nally, Doreen & Baker, J. N. (2003, August 7)
Barriers to Treating Non-abused Siblings in Sexual Abuse Treatment Programs.
The American Psychological Association 111th Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada.

Baker, J., & Pearce, K. (April 26, 2002).
Lively Ways to work on stopping sexually abused children from being sexually reactive
Melbourne, FL: Florida Psychological Association of Brevard.

Khuri, Roxanne, Williamson, Gwen, Baker, J. & Anderson, Ashton.
(March 23, 2002)
The Family Learning Program: a training and community service program. Poster presentation
Kissimmee, FL: Southeastern Psychological Association

Baker, J., & Pearce, K. (March 23, 2002)
Lively Ways to work on stopping sexually abused children from being sexually reactive
Kissimmee, FL: Southeastern Psychological Association.

Baker, J., Bonvie, J., & Bloomfield, K. (March 22, 2002)
Understanding the Sex Offender.
Kissimmee, FL: Workshop. Presented to the Southeastern Psychological Association.

Allen, J. and . Baker, J.N. (2001, April 27)
Building a "Better Mousetrap" in Child Client Progress Monitoring, Test of Reliability of the CFARS in a natural clinical situation
The 13th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Albuquerque, NM

Baker, J.N., Baron, S, Bonvie, J., Boyle, C., Calkins, C., Crandall, M., Faust, A., Gatere, S., Herman, J., Hughes, D., Lehman, J., McHenry, A., Moore, V., Nold, C., Pearce, K., Picciocchi, T., Sears, K. (2001)
EVERYTHING SCHOOL PERSONNEL NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE...working with children and families who have
experienced sexual abuse
Inservice Training, Brevard County

Baker, J., Rice, J., and Kline, J.
Myths and Facts of Teen Pregnancy
Review of relationship to Child Sexual Abuse.
Workshop, Center for Emotional and Behavioral Health, Vero Beach, FL.

Baker, J. (2000).
Incest Offenders-monitoring, treatment, and follow-up.
Department of Corrections training, Cocoa, FL .

Krishnamurthy, R., Maloy, K. D., & Baker, J.N. (2000).
Personality stability and change in sexual offenders: Test-retest findings.
In R. Krishnamurthy (Chair), Assessment and Psychotherapy I. Paper/Symposium to be presented at the March 24, 2000 Midwinter Meeting of the Society for Personality Assessment, Albuquerque, NM.

Baker, J. & Billiot, K. (1999).
Research And Experience with Sexually Abused Children and Their Families.
What Guardian ad item volunteers need to know about Child and Adolescent Sexual Abuse and Offenders to investigate allegations and custody disputes. July 10, 1999, Harry T & Hariette V. Moore Justice Center, Viera, FL

Baker, J.N. , Farrell, Kristin, & Kohn, Mike. (1999).
Child Sexual Abuse and Treatment.
Workshop Indian River County NOW and coalition of Center for Emotional and Behavioral Health, Child Protection Team, Indian River County Health Department, Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition, Indian River National Association for Women, Mental Health Association-Indian River County, Planned Parenthood , Indian River Center, TCL New Born, United Way. April 27, 1999.

Blackman, Ellen & Krishnamurthy, R. (1999).
Emotional, Behavioral, and Demographic Characteristics of Sexually Abused Children
" Paper presented at 45th Southeastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Savannah, GA.

Conway, Lisa & Krishnamurthy, R. (1999).
MMPI-A Patterns of Sexually Abused Adolescents: Individual and Parent al Adjustment Factors.
" Paper presented at 45th Southeastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Savannah, GA.

Dannenberg-Randoing, S.J. & Baker, J. (1998).
Factors Associated with Dropout from a Group Therapy Sexual Abuse Treatment Program.
Poster presentation, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Sixth National Colloquium, July 14, 1998 Chicago, IL.

McGrath, Kimberly J. (1998).
Attitudes and Knowledge of Direct Care Workers Regarding Sexual Abuse and Eating Disorders.
Devereux Hospital.

Rutan, Michele, Adam, Salimah, and Baker, J. (1997).
Ethical Program Evaluation for a Sexual Abuse Treatment Program. Presentation to the Family Learning Program.

Lawson, C. & Baker, J. (1996).
Behavioral report form for child sexual abuse survivors and non-offending caretakers: A pilot study.
Poster presentation, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Fourth National Colloquium, June 27, 1996 Chicago, IL.

Rizzo, N. & Baker, J. (1996).
Sexual Boundaries: Normative data in a college population.
Poster presentation, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Fourth National Colloquium, June 27, 1996 Chicago, IL.

Baker, J.N. & Lufshanowski, F. (1996).
Research Contributions to the Understanding of Child Sexual Abuse...Working with Children and Families
Workshop for the Florida Psychological Association of Brevard County.

Baker, J.N., Lindsey, R., Smrcka, J. & Dannenberg, S. (1994)
Therapeutic strategies to use in group treatment of sexually abused children.
"Shelter from the Storm," A Statewide Conference on Sex Abuse Treatment Issues, July 22, 1994. Daytona Beach, FL.

Baker, J.N. , Plaut, S., Seymore, J., Dellenbarger, L. A., (1993).
Program Evaluation: Using Data Outcome To Enhance Program Effectiveness
"Shelter from the Storm," A Statewide Conference on Sex Abuse Treatment Issues, July 23, 1993. St. Augustine Beach, FL.

Bryant, C., Dellenbarger, L. A., Seymore, J., Hinko, S., & Baker, J.N (1993).
Multi-generational Abuse
"Shelter from the Storm," A Statewide Conference on Sex Abuse Treatment Issues, July 22, 1993. St. Augustine Beach, FL.

Baker, J.N. , Dannelet, M., Sachs, K., Dellenbarger, L., & Amari, D. (1992).
Understanding Sexually Abused Children.
Workshop presented for the Child Abuse Prevention Task Force, Brevard County.

Thesis

Williamson, Gwen. (2003).
Evaluation and assessment of group treatment of sexual abuse victims: The Family Learning Program Model

Lenzen, Yvonne (2003).
Abuse Stressors Versus After Disclosure Factors as Moderators and Mediators of the Impact of Child Sexual Abuse

Gatere, Sophiah (2000).
Family Sexual boundary violations in violent and non-violent sexual offenders and violent and non-violent non-sexual offenders.

Herman, Jill A. (2001).
Mediating factors in the Occurrence of Nightmares in Sexually Abused Children. M.S. Thesis. School of Psychology, Florida Tech.

Nally, Doreen. (2002).
Including Siblings in Treatment of Sexual Abuse

Rosenblatt, Rachel: (2002).
The Relationship Between the Interaction of Victim/Perpetrator Relationship and Age of Abuse Onset and Developmental Outcomes in Sexual Abuse.

Dannenberg-Randoing, Susan J. (1996)
Factors Associated with Dropout from a Group Therapy Sexual Abuse Treatment Program.

Amari, D., Dannelet, M., & Baker, J.N. (1992).
An Assessment of the Need for a Sexual Abuse Treatment Program in Brevard County Florida. In collaboration with the Child Protection Team: Survey of nonoffending parents whose children were sexually abused in the last year. ...obtained treatment? aware of resources?

Hibbs, S.N., Day, D., & Baker, J.N. (1992).
The use of House-Tree-Person Graphic Indicators to Assess sexual abuse in females ages 7-14.

Amari, D., Webbe, F., & Baker, J.N. (1992).
The Prevalence of sexual abuse among those with eating disorders.

Lascu, L., Plaut, S., & Baker, J.N. (1993).
An Investigation of Reasons for Premature Termination in a Sexual Abuse Group Treatment Program. A Survey of nonoffending parents who dropped out of treatment prematurely.

Dellenbarger, L. & Baker, J.N. (1993).
Group Treatment with Child Sexual Abuse Victims...outcome after 10 sessions

Rizzo, Nancy E. & Baker, J.N. (1995).
Family Sexual Boundaries: Normative Data in a College Population.

Lawson, Carlene E. & Baker, J.N. (1995).
Brief Telephone Behavioral Report Form for Child Sexual Abuse Survivors and Non-Offending Caretakers: A Pilot Study.

Ralston, Elizabeth. (1990).
Incest Perpetrator/Outcome

Demara Bennett, Psy.D.
(321) 674-8106

The Family Learning Program
School of Psychology Florida Institute of Technology

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