Articles about “Theory and Therapy”

Beliefs to be reinforced

For Workers

It's neither possible or desirable to prescribe which counselling approach is best suited to your provision of support to victims of sexual assault. That will depend on an interaction of the needs, concerns and assumptions of your client and on your personal counselling style, skill base and the range of...

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Caring for yourself

For Workers

Working with survivors of sexual assault is stressful. As 'trauma' workers you are exposed to a range of traumatic events. This resource discusses the personal impact of Secondary Traumatic Stress, prevention of STS at home and at work and worker burnout.

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Childrens behaviour and sexual assault

For Family & Friends

A booklet for parents of children who have been sexually assaulted. It discusses your child's behaviour and what might be related to the sexual assault.

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False memory syndrome

For Workers

As reported in the Sunday Age, 15 May, 1994, a Californian man has "won his case against two therapists who he claimed persuaded his daughter that he had continually sexually assaulted as a young girl." The man was awarded $500 000 and was quoted as saying: "This is a tremendous victory.

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Gender issues for workers

For Workers

The challenge for workers when supporting victim/survivors is to be as unlike an offender as possible.  This can be assisted by:

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Groupwork theory

For Workers

An examination of the theory of group dynamics including group work with non-offending caregivers, aims of a group and includes evaluation and discussion.

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Guiding principles when working with survivors

For Workers

Sexual assault is a traumatic experience for victim/survivors. It is an act that is totally controlled by the perpetrator and which completely denies the survivors right to be in control of their own physical and sexual experiencing.

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Issues relating to Aboriginal culture

For Workers

A resource for those working with those from an Aboriginal background and includes information on social factors, liaison roles, health issues and written communication.

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Key factors for nondisclosure

For Students, Teachers, Workers

Children may be threatened not just in dramatic ways as we often read, but more often in quite subtle ways. One of the key factors to consider is the relationship of the child to the offender.

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PTSD - Australian guidelines

For Students, Workers

The Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Adults with Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (ASD and PTSD) were approved by the National Medical Health and Research Council.  These new Guidelines assist all health practitioners to determine when is the right time for professional intervention and what's the best...

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PTSD - Diagnostic criteria

For Students, Workers

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is used by psychologists and psychiatrists as a framework for the treatment of sexually abused children. It is valuable in identifying the existence of specific behaviours that should be addressed in therapy.

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The creative space

For Students, Workers

This thesis explores the relationship between creative arts practice and trauma, loss and grief, including the shadowy world of sexual abuse.

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Theories on why sexual abuse happens

For Students, Workers

An examination of the major theoretical approaches on why sexual assault happens.

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Through a child's eyes

For Workers

A resource guide for professionals working with sexually abused children including making it safe, impact assessment, working with non-offending parents, the role of art, using play in counselling and preparing for court.

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Traumagenic dynamics

For Students, Workers

Finkelhor and Browne (1988) developed a comprehensive model for understanding the trauma of sexual abuse and its short and long-term effects. This is the list they developed. The Traumagenics Model is process-oriented, rather than event-oriented, conceptualizing sexual abuse as an ongoing, dynamic process in the child.

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Understanding and working with young male survivors of SA

For Workers

This article shares some of the ideas that have been found useful in understanding and working with young men who have experienced sexual assault.

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Working with adolescents

For Workers

Adolescents can be put into two categories that describe their coping style or level of maturity -the internalising adolescent and the externalising adolescent. This resource is for counsellors working with adolescent survivors and includes some guidelines for working with adolescents, techniques for helping kids talk to you such as drawing.

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Working with adult survivors

For Workers

This article discusses the issues that impact on working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

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Working with adult survivors of child sexual assault

For Workers

Like adult victims, children experience significant psychological and emotional distress. Unlike adults, however, they are traumatized during the most critical period of their lives:

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Working with intellectual disability clients

For Workers

This kit will prove to be invaluable for those working with victims/survivors of sexual assault with an intellectual disability plus teaching centres delivering courses focussing on disability issues.

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