Adults abused as children: experiences of counselling and psychotherapy

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Sage Publications, Feb 8, 1999 - Family & Relationships - 238 pages
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This enlightening and informative book brings together the experiences of both clients and therapists who receive and provide help for the effects of childhood abuse. The book consolidates existing knowledge about child abuse and psychotherapeutic approaches to give an integrated account of counselling and therapy as it relates to adults abused as children. Part One examines research in the fields of child abuse and psychotherapy, reviewing historically changing attitudes towards childhood abuse and the consequences of cultural context on approaches to treatment. Part Two reviews the testimonies of the therapeutic process from over 50 clients and therapists, including therapists who were themselves abused as children. These testimonies form a basis for the discussion of specific issues, such as becoming a client, talking about abuse and what happens when things go wrong in therapy. Part Three tackles the controversy surrounding 'recovered memory' and child abuse, and assesses the implications for the future direction of counselling and therapy. Adults Abused as Children offers practical advice that is based on experience and grounded in theory and research. The book will be of great value to trainee and practising counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and all those in the caring professions with an interest in this field.

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Part Two Experiences of therapy
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About the author (1999)

Dr. Peter Dale trained originally as psychiatrist social worker, and subsequently as a counselor/psychotherapist. His PhD research was a qualitative study focused on the perceptions of clients and therapists of the therapeutic process for adults who were abused as children (Dale 1999). Peter Dale worked in child and family psychiatrist services before joining the NSPCC in 1980, where he was a practitioner, manager and Senior Research Officer until 2002. An establishment and author. Dr. Dale now acts as an independent social worker expert witness throughout the UK in care proceedings - specializing in cases where there are serious suspicious injuries to infants.
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Richard Green trained as a social worker and family therapist. He has held a number of posts in both local authorities and the NSPCC, including practitioner, manager and evaluation officer. He is currently employed as Senior Consultant within the NSPCC, working with a range of statutory and voluntary agencies to improve the safeguarding of children.
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Ron Fellows trained originally as a social worked, and subsequently as a family/brief therapist. He worked in mental health and children and family services for various London boroughs. Since joining the NSPCC, he has held posts as a practitioner and manager.
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