Definitive clinical methods from the key researcher and practioner in the field.
Sexually inappropriate touching, language, and other actions on the part of children are difficult to diagnose and treat. Prevailing taboos about sex and the misconception that inappropriate sexual behavior is always a sign of sexual abuse inhibits frank conversation and often leads families to hide problems. Here William Friedrich, with more than 25 years of experience in the field, offers a research-based and clinically-proven method for assessment, diagnosis, and intervention with children and their families.
This book is distinguished by Friedrich's emphasis on addressing sexual behavior problems from an attachment perspective. This means that, whenever possible, inappropriate sexual behavior should be considered in light of larger family dynamics, emotional security, and child development. It also implies that family therapy is the ideal treatment modality. An important part of helping a child who exhibits inappropriate behavior will involve guidance and reinforcement in the home. Friedrich shows therapists how to include the whole family in the process while not endangering the child or alienating the family.
A key feature of Children with Sexual Behavior Problems is the Assessment and Treatment Manual that constitutes the second part of the book. Grounded in the research-based perspective articulated in Part 1, the Manual puts Friedrich's insights into practice. Clear guidelines for evaluation and diagnosis are offered and a wealth of forms for clinicians and clients are included in order to structure therapeutic work. At the back of the book a CD-ROM with digital files of all the assessment forms presented in Part 2. Therapists can print and personalize these forms for clinical use with children and families.
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Part I: Theory and Therapeutic Strategies
1. Overview of Research on Children with Sexual Behavior Problems
2. The Essential Role of Attachment-Based Family Treatment
3. The Role of Family Sexuality in Sexual Behavior Problems
4. Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning
5. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
6. Individual Treatment with Sexually Intrusive Children
Part II: Assessment and Treatment Manual
7. Overview and Sequence of Sessions
8. Assessment Forms
9. Treatment Forms
About the Author:
At his death in 2005, William N. Friedrich, Ph.D. was Professor of Psychology at the Mayo Medical School and the author of numerous journal articles, chapters, and books, including Casebook of Sexual Abuse Treatment.