Healing Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Author and dynamic presenter Robin Shapiro will guide clinicians to assess and treat the impact of client sexual abuse histories including dissociation, to establish a sense of present time safety, to free clients from flashbacks, emotions, old sensations, and outdated senses of self- so they can live in the present, with new potential for healthy sexuality.
- Describing the prevalence, types, and effects of sexual abuse
- Talking to clients about abuse
- Assessment of sexual abuse
- Establishing therapy goals
- Establishing the sense of a safe present
- Choosing trauma interventions
- Starting trauma therapy with appropriate preparation
- Working through all the visual, visceral, and emotional targets
- Helping clients achieve healthy, adult, consensual sexual lives
One out of four American girls and one out of six boys experience some form of sexual abuse, that can range from a one-time fondling to years of being sexually trafficked. The more the abuse, the more likely the client will have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other forms of dissociation. This workshop explains the prevalence and effects of sexual abuse on children and the adults that they become. Participants will be able to assess clients’ abuse histories and the effects, including dissociation, that it had. They will be able to talk effectively with different kinds of clients about their abuse histories and assess client therapy needs that are consistent with EMDR therapy and Ego State therapy. Participants will learn strategies to help clients establish a sense of safety in present time, to find freedom from flashbacks, distressing emotions, old sensations, and outdated senses of self in order to live, completely, in the present. Participants will know how to help their clients understand healthy sexuality, teach them how to talk about sex, and navigate a current, happy consensual relationship with a good partner.