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Supporting children who have been sexually abused: seminar for practitioners who support and work with children: Video Course

Supporting children who have been sexually abused: seminar for practitioners who support and work with children: Video Course

Therapists and carers who work with children face multiple challenges:

  • Children who have experienced sexual abuse tend to seek approval and as a result often present as a good or well-behaved child, which masks their internal turmoil, distress and emotional dysregulation; making it difficult to pick up signs of sexual abuse
  • Children who have suffered abuse are commonly terrified of closeness and can be mistrustful of attachment- as they strive to protect themselves, making it difficult to create a therapeutic / caring alliance
  • Sometimes abuse is still ongoing, and we need to view symptoms as adaptations to living under prolonged and inescapable threat. Many times, practitioners find themselves ill equipped to spot such situations
  • Progress can be slow as the enduring deactivation or hyper activation of the attachment system and concomitant trauma symptoms lead to unspeakable feeling states – impacting on the child’s sense of self and relational worth

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Course Credits

CPD: 3 / CE: 3

Speaker(s)

Christiane Sanderson

Course length in hours

3 hrs

Full course information

This seminar by Christiane Sanderson, a globally renowned expert in working with childhood sexual abuse (CSA), explores the nature and dynamics of CSA, how it impacts the child and how this might manifest in the therapeutic space. Using illustrative case vignettes, the seminar will:

  • explain the impact of CSA on children and highlight best practices for providing support therapy and care
  • discuss what not to do especially considering the presence of dissociation and shame – both of which can prevent disclosure
  • explain the factors that inhibit attachment, specifically talking about: fear without solution, the trauma bond and the terror of abandonment
  • consider the impact of sibling sexual abuse and discuss current terminology and safeguarding guidelines
  • Introduce stabilisation skills to manage emotional dysregulation, facilitate re-regulation and promote emotional self-regulation
  • Explore how to individualise therapy for each child using grounding skills and mindfulness
  • Introduce how to create a mood basket or calm bag for each child
  • Consider a range of experiential exercises such as the use of peg dolls, play doh and Russian Dolls
  • Examine how to manage and work with families

Overall, the seminar will explain how we can work most effectively with children who have suffered CSA, within the trauma informed practice framework.

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This seminar by Christiane Sanderson, a globally renowned expert in working with childhood sexual abuse (CSA), explores the nature and dynamics of CSA, how it impacts the child and how this might manifest in the therapeutic space. Overall, the seminar will explain how we can work most effectively with children who have suffered CSA, within the trauma informed practice framework.

Learning objectives

  • Explain the impact of CSA on children and highlight best practices for providing support therapy and care
  • Discuss the impact of sibling sexual abuse and discuss current terminology and safeguarding guidelines
  • Explain the factors that inhibit attachment, specifically talking about: fear without solution, the trauma bond and the terror of abandonment

About the speaker(s)

Christiane Sanderson BSc, MSc. is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton, of London with 35 years of experience working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and sexual violence. She has delivered consultancy, continuous professional development and professional training for parents, teachers, social workers, nurses, therapists, counsellors, solicitors, the NSPCC, the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Committee, the Methodist Church, the Metropolitan Police Service, SOLACE, the Refugee Council, Birmingham City Council Youth Offending Team, and HMP Bronzefield.

She is the author of Counselling Skills for Working with Shame, Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma: Healing from Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse, Counselling Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, 3rd edition, Counselling Survivors of Domestic Abuse, The Seduction of Children: Empowering Parents and Teachers to Protect Children from Child Sexual Abuse, and Introduction to Counselling Survivors of Interpersonal Trauma, all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She has also written The Warrior Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Sexual Violence; The Spirit Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Religious Sexual Abuse Across All Faiths and Responding to Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: A pocket guide for professionals, partners, families and friends for the charity One in Four for whom she is a trustee. Her next book, The Taboo of Sibling Sexual Abuse: Working with Adult Survivors is out soon with nscience publishing house.

nscience UK is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. nscience UK maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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