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The Trauma of Sexual Abuse
07/17 - 07/30
This course provides an overview of the prevalence of child sexual abuse, and its effects upon children who have been victimized. Topics include the complexities of sexual abuse, its effects on a child, and how these effects may manifest within a home or residential environment. This course will offer caregivers suggestions on how to respond and support the child. Participants will explore ways to create a safe environment, strategies to prevent sexual abuse from occurring during placement, and the responsibilities of reporting disclosures or discoveries of child sexual abuse. This course will also discuss working with the non-offending parent, and how to protect oneself and family from false allegations.
- Define child sexual abuse
- Compare normal sexual behavior and knowledge in children at various developmental stages to sexual behavior and knowledge of children who have been victimized
- Examine personal values and beliefs and the influence these may have in working with children who are victims of sexual abuse
- Describe outward emotional and physical manifestations of child sexual abuse in children who have been abused.
- Examine characteristics and behavioral indicators of adults who molest children
- Examine the prevalence and vulnerability of children in placement as potential victims of child sexual abuse
- Discuss the impact of the abuse upon the family of the child, and the foster family and/or residential facility staff