Treating Sexually Abused Boys: A Practical Guide for Therapists and Counselors

Treating Sexually Abused Boys: A Practical Guide for Therapists and Counselors

Treating Sexually Abused Boys: A Practical Guide for Therapists and Counselors

Treating Sexually Abused Boys: A Practical Guide for Therapists and Counselors


A Practical, Hands-On Resource
Treating Sexually Abused Boys is a much-needed resource that offers clinical guidelines for addressing the unique needs of this population. Written by an expert in the field of childhood sexual abuse, the book contains a wealth of exercises and activities that can be effectively applied in individual and group therapy settings. The techniques and exercises outlined are specifically designed to help sexually abused boys overcome feelings of helplessness, fear, and vulnerability and regain a sense of personal power.

"Treating Sexually Abused Boys offers relevant and comprehensive guidance for all mental health professionals who work with children and adolescents. The ready-to-use therapeutic activities make it an invaluable resource for today's busy clinician."
--Tim Bynum, program director, Sexual Abuse Treatment Services for YWCA of Kauai, Hawaii

"Camino has written a practical, easily understood guide for those who work with boys affected by sexual abuse. Both the experienced therapist and the newcomer will find it helpful."
--Mic Hunter, author of Abused Boys: The Neglected Victims of Sexual Abuse and editor of The Sexually Abused Male, Volumes I & II

"If you have ever shrunk away from working with boy victims of sexual abuse-out of fear of the subject's complexity or your own uncertainty-this book is a must read. It combines practicality with a refreshing directness in teasing apart some of the intricacies of power and vulnerability as those issues play out with this tragically underserved population."
--Eugene Porter, author of Treating the Young Male Victim of Sexual Assault


It is my belief that every person who reads this book shares my goal of stopping child abuse. I hope you also share my conviction that providing early and effective intervention for molested boys is an essential step in meeting that goal. Ten years ago, two coworkers and I were asked to expand a sexual abuse treatment program to include boys. At that time we were able to find only one book on the subject. Also, when we looked for detailed, structured activities to use in therapy with boys, we found none.

We did manage to find and consult with some professionals who had worked with molested children of both sexes, but what they said about therapy with boys gave us pause. We were warned to expect problems with sexual talk and behavior during sessions. We were cautioned that abused boys would exhibit rage and, therefore, that we needed to be prepared to use verbal and physical techniques for managing aggression. It was suggested that we not use play therapy except as a reward for good behavior. We were even advised not to offer refreshments (although these same professionals offered refreshments to girls) because boys might make a mess or behave inappropriately with the food.

At that point we took a long, hard look at our options: we could wait until other professionals published information on the “right” way to provide therapy for boys, or we could proceed on our own by taking risks, making mistakes, and applying what we learned. We decided to proceed. After carefully considering the available information we had on the subject, we developed our own approach.

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