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Therapeutic Work with Sexually Abused Children

Therapeutic Work with Sexually Abused Children

First Edition

September 2010 | 196 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`This book is a practical and supportive guide for the professionals facing this traumatic subject. [It] is easily readable' - Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health

`Therapeutic Work With Sexually Abused Children locates the practice experience of the authors within a rigorous theoretical framework and is a readable and useable guide to the complexities of helping children and adolescents who have suffered the trauma of sexual abuse' - Youth & Policy

`It is refreshing to find child therapists ready to engage with sexually abused children by incorporating trauma theory and research, addressing child protection and seeing themselves as part of a team that includes the carers. The authors provide an overview of phases of treatment, theoretical considerations and essential skills. They emphasize the importance of relationship and explore its impact on the therapist. Their approach is creative and child-centered. Case vignettes, poems and exercises promote empathy with the child's perspective. There is a useful chapter on cultural issues and the needs of children in alternative care... this is an excellent primer for the child's helping network' - Community Care

`This is an excellent book for workers seeking to respond more effectively to child victims of abuse' - David Pearson, Caring Magazine

Therapeutic Work with Sexually Abused Children is a creative and practical guide for professionals working directly with those who have suffered sexual abuse and for their carers. The trauma of sexual abuse experienced in childhood can be severe and enduring. Therapeutic support is offered to help both the child and the family cope with psychological or emotional difficulties both currently and in later life.

Therapists must be able to respond effectively to the child victim in a sensitive and timely way which prioritizes the needs of each child. Drawing on their experience as practitioners, the authors explore the reactions which children commonly experience following abuse and examine the tasks of the therapist in responding to them.

This book explores the counselling of children who have been abused rather than adult survivors of child abuse.

Child sexual abuse is an issue which crosses professional boundaries and requires an integrated, interprofessional approach. Therapeutic Work with Sexually Abused Children will therefore be of interest to those undertaking specialist work or training in this area including social workers, psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, and health and education professionals.

This book explores the counselling of children who have been abused rather than adult survivors of child abuse.

- The book will benefit from the combined experiences of one US author and one UK author.

The Dimensions of the Issues
The Therapist's Clinical Skills
Beginning Phases of Treatment
The Therapist's Experience of Working with Abused Children
Children in Society, Cultural Considerations and Alternative Care Provision
Carer Involvement
Theoretical Considerations
Common Symptomology
Sexualized Behaviour, Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders
The Child's Coping Styles and Defence Mechanisms
Tools of the Therapeutic Process
Liaison with Agencies and Services
Professional Work within Child Protection Procedures and Courts  
The Grieving Process and the Termination of Therapy

"In attempting to explicate the myriad facets of therapeutic work with sexually abused children, Wickham and West demonstrate the inherent complexities involved in working with this underserved population. They appropriately touch upon not only the needs of the child client, but the professional challenges to the therapist, as well as the systemic and cultural considerations that are necessary for competent practice."

Amanda K. Sommerfeld
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

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