Treating Children With Sexually Abusive Behavior Problems

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Treating Children with Sexually Abusive Behavior Problems: Guidelines for Child and Parent Intervention is a unique, pioneering venture in the area of sexual abuse. Unlike most books on sexual abuse, which focus on children as victims, this integrated treatment approach suggests ways to develop parallel treatment strategies for both parents and children who display harmful sexual behavior.

In many ways a first in its field, Treating Children with Sexually Abusvie Behavior Problems gives you the tools to orchestrate your own treatment and intervention techniques, specifically for those children under age 12 who display sexually harmful or unlawful behavior. You’ll find in this useful volume a one-of-a-kind approach to linking together individual, group, and family treatment into one integrated, comprehensive program that treats both perpetrator and victim in tandem. Effective applied techniques are presented to teach:

  • accountability of the offending party
  • concern for others/empathy
  • social competence
  • the establishment of appropriate boundaries
  • healthy sexuality
  • coping with prior trauma
  • safety and supervision

    Treating Children with Sexually Abusive Behavior Problems is intended for professionals in child sexual abuse; graduate and undergraduate students in psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy, and psychiatry; juvenile court workers; child welfare case workers; teachers; attorneys; and judges. It will also serve to better inform the victim, family, and general public. If you’re concerned about the spread of sexually abusive behavior in children, you’ll want to become informed and armed with the practical and useful guidelines found in this innovative approach to a prevalent social problem.

Incl. trmt topics in children's group; group trmt for parents; coping w/trauma; empathy; relationship skills etc.

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Editorial Reviews

Combines individual, group, and family treatment into an integrated program to treat children under 12 who display sexually harmful or unlawful behavior and their victims. A guide for professionals and students in psychology, social work, and related fields. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789004727
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents


  • Part I: Guidelines for Practice
  • 1. Sexually Abusive Behavior Problems: Definitions and Current Knowledge
  • Defining Sexually Abusive Behavior Problems
  • Age-Appropriate Sex Play
  • Sexually Abusive Behavior
  • Current Knowledge
  • Prior Traumatization
  • Types of Abuse
  • Effects of Trauma
  • Dealing with Trauma Effects
  • Accountability
  • Social Competence
  • Empathy
  • Establishment of Boundaries
  • The Sexual Abuse Cycle
  • Summary
  • 2. A Treatment Approach
  • Trauma Outcome Process
  • Individual Characteristics
  • Family Dynamics
  • Family Boundaries
  • Accountability
  • Prior Traumatization
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Parenting Skills
  • Triggers
  • Awareness and Choice
  • Self-Victimization
  • Abuse
  • Recovery
  • Using the Trauma Outcome Process in Therapy
  • Adapting the Trauma Outome Process Children
  • Using the Trauma Outcome Process with Parents
  • Summary
  • 3. Integrated Treatment Planning
  • Assessment for Integrated Treatment Planning
  • General Information
  • Assessment of Sexual Acting Out Behavior
  • Accountability
  • Empathy
  • Family Environment and Supervision
  • Sexual Information
  • Treatment Modalities
  • Contracts for Treatment
  • Individual Therapy for the Child
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy for Children
  • Group Therapy for Parents
  • Assessing Treatment Progress
  • Treatment Planning for Severely Disordered Children
  • Summary
  • 4. Parallel Group Treatment
  • Structure of Group Treatment Program
  • Young Children’s Group
  • Latency-aged Children’s Program
  • Treatment Topics in Children’s Group
  • Accountability
  • Empathy
  • Relationship Skills
  • Healthy Sexuality
  • Group Treatment for Parents
  • Combined Groups
  • Summary
  • Part II: Treatment Exercises
  • Introduction
  • 5. Accountability
  • Draw the Offense
  • Taking Responsibility for Your Problems
  • Steps and Slides Abuse Cycle
  • The Hot Seat
  • Catch that Thinking Error
  • 6. Empathy
  • “Conversation” with the Victim
  • Letter to the Victim
  • The Giving Tree
  • Draw Victim/Own Face
  • How Would You Feel If . . .
  • Why My Child Didn’t Tell Me
  • Empathic Responses
  • 7. Coping with Trauma
  • Basket of Trigger Feelings
  • What Happened After You Were Abused
  • Who Is Responsible?
  • How My Family Has Changed
  • The Fire
  • 8. Relationship Skills
  • Anger Thermometer
  • Trust Target
  • Trust Exercises
  • What Makes a Friend
  • Wheels of Intimacy
  • Flight Plan for Effective Communication
  • Blueprint for Boundaries
  • 9. Sexuality
  • Body Respect
  • The Great Big Stop Sign
  • A Touch Is a Touch
  • Relapse Prevention “Fire Safety Plan”
  • Communicating Sexual Values
  • 10. The Power of the Treatment Plan
  • Collaboration
  • Epilogue
  • References
  • Index
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