Working with Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

Working with Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

Working with Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

Working with Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

Synopsis

In this work, the treatment of child abuse survivors is clearly and frankly discussed, using systemic thinking to understand the profound and painful problems experienced by the clients. The author includes twenty case histories to illustrate her therapeutic techniques and well as the theoretical framework.

Excerpt

I n 1991 professionals working in the areas of child and adult health have to face the consequences of society's increasing awareness of child abuse and to decide if and how they feel able to work with either the abused or the abusers.

As editors, it seemed to us that there are already many texts describing the pattern of child abuse and treatment plans to protect children at risk. Not so much material is available about how to work with adults who were abused in childhood and have lived with the pain, confusion, shame, and guilt and the effects of these emotions on their adult lives and relationships.

We are particularly pleased to publish this book, as not only does Elsa Jones demonstrate the way in which systemic thinking can provide a framework for therapy with adult survivors of abuse, but she also addresses two of the thorniest issues of the field: One, how does a worker balance the need to explore the individual's private experience of abuse with the need to understand the meaning of the abuse in the larger family and social context? Two, how can a professional take a position against the imbalance of power and . . .

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