Christopher Bagley studied in England and received a D. Phil. in social psychology from the University of Sussex before emigrating to Canada to take up the Senator Patrick Burns Chair of Child Welfare at the University of Calgary. He was part of a group which established an agency for counselling sexually abused children and their families in Calgary, using methods based on the humanistic model of therapy pioneered by Hank Giarretto. He also works with Native Bands in northern Alberta in programmes designed to prevent the removal of Native children from their families and to assist the return of Native children from the care of social services to their original families.
Kathleen King studied philosophy before undertaking social work training. She has extensive practice experience in Edmonton, Alberta, in the treatment and prevention of child sexual abuse, and has an M. S. W. degree from the University of Calgary. She now practises social work in rural Nova Scotia.
This book was completed while Chris Bagley held a visiting fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Leeds, in 1987.