The Trauma of Sexual Abuse
10/12 - 10/25
This course defines sexual abuse and focuses on its impact on children, first families, and resource families. Identification of sexual abuse and the potential behavioral, psychological, and family characteristics indicative of childhood sexual abuse are explored. In this course indicators of sexual abuse are outlined as well as how to talk to children about abuse. This course explains that sexual abuse can affect development, relationships, communication, behavior, etc., and that recovery is a lifelong process. Guidelines for setting up safe environments are explored, including how to prevent false allegations. The importance of working collaboratively with the non – offending parent(s) when possible is discussed.