This book helps professionals to make informed, research-based assessments of risk, offering strategies for supporting and educating families within which sexual abuse has occurred. Without actually advocating reunification, the authors provide a unique approach for working with non-offending parents and partners who wish to work towards re-unification of the family.

Connections Program: Group Modules

Connections program: Group modules

Session 1: Introductions and Program Description

Opening Discussion

Have each member introduce herself and tell a little bit about what brought her here. Ask each member what she would like to get out of the program.

Expect some resistance and denial. Empathize with clients and offer to understand their experiences. Make Connections a nonthreatening environment for the client. Have some tissues ready; some clients might experience emotional upset.

Discuss the following issues:

  • Group rules and norms
  • Confidentiality
  • Expectations
  • Goals and objectives
  • Requirements for successful completion

Snacks, coffee, and juice help create a safe, warm, nurturing environment.


Videotape: Scared Silent—Segment 5. (This video is available through Aims Multimedia: 1–800–367–2467, ×428.)


Ask members to discuss their feelings about the video. Reassure clients that reunification, if desired, is possible and that the ...

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