A model for working with sexual abuse

  • Janice M. Russell


This chapter presents an overview of a model for working with adult survivors of sexual abuse. As stated in Chapter 20, there is increasing awareness of the long-term psychological effects of sexual abuse, sexual abuse as a possible causal factor in some psychiatric conditions, and the prevalence of sexual abuse within the community at large. The model presented here (Figure 21.1) offers a method of working through this challenging area in a purposeful way, offering maximum safety and support to both client and mental health workers. The cautionary rider is that it is only as applicable to the client group as any other therapeutic technique which is grounded in counselling philosophy and skills. In other words, it will not ‘cure’ everybody but it has proved extremely useful to a wide client group and has been welcomed by a variety of helpers.


Child Sexual Abuse Irrational Belief Mental Health Worker Unpleasant Picture Grieve Process 
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© Graham Dexter and Michael Wash 1995

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