This easy-to-follow manual presents techniques for working with groups of children who have been sexually abused. It begins with an overview of the theory and literature of group therapy with children and then offers seven sections on psycho-social skill building techniques, trust building, self esteem, identifying and expressing feelings, healing the inner child, relationships, boundary setting, and prevention skills.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Sexual assault is a trauma that affects the entire family as well as the community of the person assaulted. It is a social disease that affects human development and the ability to relate to others. It is treatable. The abused child is the primary victim and other family members are secondary victims. Without treatment, the effects of abuse can progressively undermine and overwhelm all areas of both the abused individual's and the family's functioning (Deblinger & Heflin, 1996; Everson, Hunter, Runyon, Edelson, & Coulter, 1989).
The courage to face the reality of childhood sexual assault as a society has led to increased awareness of the problem and skill in identifying its presence. Over the past two decades, the demand for therapy for sexually abused children ...