Counselling Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

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SAGE, May 18, 2006 - Psychology - 176 pages
Praise for the Second Edition:

`This is a user-friendly, readable, practical guide to assist survivors of childhood sexual abuse that will be particularly useful to students and practitioners who are new to this field' - Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health

`This is a book that should give those who find themselves working with sexual abuse survivors some tools and skills for the job' - Young Minds Magazine

`This book will be found valuable by all therapists and counsellors, not just those who have a special interest in childhood sexual abuse. Many will want to follow up the well-selected references the author gives. The detailed index will also help one to browse and read selectively' - Sexual and Relationship Therapy

The experience of childhood sexual abuse is a trauma which continues to have an impact on survivors thoughout their lives. The pervasive and long-term effects that stem from sexual abuse make it vital that counsellors become adept at addressing the unique and complex needs of survivors.

In this Third Edition of Counselling Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Claire Burke Draucker and Donna S Martsolf identify the significant healing processes which are essential to achieve recovery. These include:

" disclosing the abuse

" reinterpreting it from an adult perspective

" addressing issues related to the context of the abuse; and

" making desired life changes.

Each of these processes is discussed in conjunction with the most effective counselling interventions to facilitate resolution. Carefully chosen case examples demonstrate the appropriate use of interventions in practice.

The Third Edition includes a wealth of new material covering memory retrieval, outcome research, multicultural counselling, emerging therapeutic approaches, and neuroscience and counseling. Dynamics and difficulties in the therapeutic relationship are also discussed in great depth.


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Chapter 1 Introduction
Counselling Implications
Chapter 3 Outcomes Research on Abusefocused Psychotherapy Approaches
Chapter 4 Disclosing an Experience of Child Sexual Abuse
Chapter 5 Focusing on the Abuse Experience
Chapter 6 Reinterpreting the Sexual Abuse Experience from an Adult Perspective
Chapter 7 Addressing the Context of the Sexual Abuse
Chapter 8 Making Sesired Life Changes
Chapter 9 Addressing Resolution Issues
Chapter 10 Dynamics and Distruptions in the Therapeutic Alliance
The Counselling Process with an Adult Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Chapter 12 Future Directions and Trends

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Page 6 - Female children are regularly subjected to sexual assaults by adult males who are part of their intimate social world. The aggressors are not outcasts and strangers; they are neighbors, family friends, uncles, cousins, stepfathers, and fathers. To be sexually exploited by a known and trusted adult is a central and formative experience in the lives of countless women.

About the author (2006)

Claire Burke Draucker is Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at Kent State University, Kent, OH, USA.

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