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Therapeutic Work with Sexually Abused Children


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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


`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 `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

"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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