Working with Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse by Elsa Jones

By Elsa Jones

Elsa Jones, operating from the relations Institute in Cardiff, has been treating grownup survivors of kid sexual and actual abuse for numerous years, and she or he has in actual fact and albeit defined her paintings during this publication. She starts be describing the context for operating along with her consumers; then describes the best way she has welded systemic considering and a feminist viewpoint right into a theoretical version she makes use of to appreciate the matter and to lead her personal paintings with the survivors. The descriptions of the healing approach are, even as, profound and easily conveyed. Her paintings is additional clarified via the inclusion of twenty case examples. She stocks her personal dilemmas approximately operating with grownup survivors, and during this manner the ebook bargains the reader aid for the emotional influence of this paintings in addition to a theoretical framework and recommendations approximately healing procedure.

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G. as i n f a t h e r - d a u g h t e r incest. T h e r e a r e a l s o m o r e p e r v a s i v e ef­ fects, s u c h as t h o s e d i s c u s s e d i n s e c t i o n s 3 a n d 4 b e l o w , w h i c h de­ p e n d less o n w h e t h e r t h e a b u s e r is a f a t h e r o r a s t r a n g e r , a n d m o r e o n the k i n d of message the child receives a b o u t the a c k n o w l e d g e ­ m e n t or invalidation of their experiences b y the adult w o r l d . 1. THE ABUSER H o w AS OUTSIDER central this area is t o the course o f t h e t h e r a p y w i l l depend partly o n the formal a n d emotional relationship between the abuser a n d the child.

Oh, if I'd got him then I would have smashed him. I want to kill that m a n ! " Whether this anger is translated into direct action in relation to the abuser or other family members is a matter for individual judge­ ment. However, this judgement will be easier to make w h e n the survivor has been able to find her voice and her just rage within the safe space of the therapeutic relationship. 4. LIVING IN DOUBLE REALITY In my view one of the major negative consequences of being abused as a child lies in the confusion generated for the child between what she knows to be true and what her world acknowledges to be true (for a brilliant and disturbing "fictional" treatment cf.

G. Goldner, 1985, 1988, 1991; Hare-Mustin, 1986; Pilalis, 1987; Perelberg & Miller, 1990). It would be over-optimistic to claim that these critiques have now so transformed systemic therapy that sensitivity to problems of power or gender imbalance in families are part and parcel of the thinking of family therapists. Nevertheless, the increasing awareness of feminist critiques, and the light they throw on evolving systemic theory and practice, have enabled us to begin to think more clearly about certain previously obscured aspects of our work.

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