Understanding and Working with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
3 CEUs - 3 Act 48 Credits
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 25% of women and 16% of men experienced sexual abuse as children. Survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. It is important for direct service practitioners to understand healthy childhood sexuality and how it differs from the deleterious effects of CSA, since survivors are over-represented in clinical populations. Diversity of gender, race, and class and their relationships to CSA will be addressed throughout both lecture and discussion portions of this program. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will: 1) understand healthy childhood sexual development and ways in which CSA can potentially disrupt this process; 2) recognize symptoms and how they may manifest in a clinical setting; and 3) have increased awareness of available clinical treatments for CSA survivors. All levels of post-master’s degreed practitioners who have some experience working in direct clinical practice, particularly in child abuse and/or domestic violence, will find this workshop to be beneficial.
Jessica Schaffner Wilen, MSW, LCSW, is a doctoral candidate at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and is Research Assistant to the Dean. Since getting her MSW from Washington University in St. Louis, Jessica has worked in a number of agencies addressing various aspects child abuse and violence against women. Her dissertation focuses on the comparative effectiveness of clinical interventions for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.