"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 emphasis 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 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 careers. 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. The book covers: the theory, skills and process of therapeutic work children's coping and defense mechanisms career involvement professional issues Child sexual abuse is an issue which crosses professional boundaries and requires an integrated, inter-professional 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.    

The Dimensions of the Issues

The dimensions of the issues

An older child:


my body


never belonged.


an empty state,

invalidated and immobilized.

He couldn't help himself

so he helped himself to me.

An item in a menu

to be sullied, dirtied, consumed,

And thrown away.

I sacrificed everything,

but there is no celebration,

And I never had a choice

A body


A chance.

Child sexual abuse is a wide-ranging problem of long standing that needs to be adequately addressed. Society has to accept responsibility for its causes and contributing factors. While the scale of the problem of sexual abuse is beginning to be recognized and to receive considerable media attention, there are still many individuals and child care professionals who continue to minimize or deny the scope and severity of the problem. Indeed, it is only in the past few ...

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