Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 177–185

Individual Counseling for Sexually Abused Children: A Role for Animals and Storytelling

  • Elisabeth Reichert

DOI: 10.1023/A:1022284418096

Cite this article as:
Reichert, E. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal (1998) 15: 177. doi:10.1023/A:1022284418096


This article addresses the use of animal assisted therapy in individual counseling for sexually abused children. It focuses on how the animal can help the sexually abused child disclose abuse and express feelings. Storytelling forms a part of the treatment process. The author's clinical experience at Project Against Sexual Abuse of Appalachian Children in Knoxville, Tennessee, forms the basis for the article.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Elisabeth Reichert
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social WorkSouthern Illinois University at CarbondaleCarbondale

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