Transforming Treatment for People Who Have Sexually Abused
by Jill S. Levenson, PhD, MSW, LCSW
Gwenda M. Willis, PhD, PGDipClinPsyc
David S. Prescott, MSW, LICSW
“I believe that our relationships with clients can be incredibly healing, and that effective interventions start with a human connection. Trauma-informed care is the consolidation of knowledge, skills, and empathy for clients that has the power to change lives.”
Treatment aimed simply at stopping sexually abusive behavior without considering past experiences and future well-being of the client may result in less effective outcomes. Trauma-informed care is a framework that transcends any model of intervention and can be infused in any type of programming across agency settings and diverse populations. A trauma-informed program, organization, or practitioner recognizes the widespread prevalence of trauma and its deep effects across a person’s lifetime. TIC integrates knowledge about the neurobiological, psychological, and social consequences of trauma into policies, procedures, and practices that guide a safe, compassionate, and respectful therapy environment.
In Trauma-Informed Care, readers will become well-versed in the cross-disciplinary research describing the impact of early childhood trauma on cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral development. The authors focus on two general skills: 1) case conceptualization and 2) trauma-informed responding. Readers will be able to define principles of trauma-informed care, identify its essential components, and conceptualize cases through a perspective informed by trauma research. The book teaches innovative ideas for incorporating responses to clients that avoid repeating disempowering dynamics. Numerous case studies and examples help to illustrate and crystalize the concepts presented.
The goal is to help SOTX clinicians transform their interventions from primarily content-driven psychoeducation to a more collaborative and dynamic, process-oriented approach that uses the therapeutic encounter as a corrective emotional experience. (2017)