In Treating Secondary Victims the author builds upon a foundation of both the research literature on incest victims and families, as well as her own clinical experience to provide a conceptual framework for intervention and treatment of the non-offending mother.
Group treatment may occur simultaneously with other treatment modalities or alone. However, the goals of group treatment parallel in many respects the goals of individual treatment. As discussed in the previous chapter, the goals are, broadly speaking, to assist in engaging the woman in treatment, strengthen her coping abilities, address the traumatic effects of the incestuous behavior, and assist the woman in identifying and dealing with the impact of the sexual abuse on her primary relationships. The traumatic effects are traced according to the traumatic dynamics model (Finkelhor & Browne, 1985), and the model itself provides some guidelines for the group process. Issues women have around trust speak to the need to handle “boundary” issues carefully in relationship to group formation, especially ...