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Child Abuse Treatment

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Victims of childhood abuse seek therapy for a number of reasons, but rarely just because of the history of abuse.

Many survivors minimize the effects of the abuse. Therapists see clients for eating disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse disorders and more who have histories of abuse.

It is important to help the client deal with the abuse as well as the psychological problems they report. Counseling in the form of individual and possibly group therapy can take two years or longer. T

he goal of undoing life-long damage can be very difficult because the damage pervades every aspect of the client, and because there may be physiological changes to the client that can't just be counseled away.

Medication can be useful for the symptoms of depression, anxiety and other symptoms, but should never be dispensed in the absence of counseling for the root of the problem. Later the survivor may need to undergo couples or relationship counseling when he or she heals to the point of finding a long-term relationship. For children, play therapy and family therapy can be helpful.

Ref: Find Counseling .com


Child Abuse Treatment and Followup - Ann S. Bodash Md. Prof Pediatrics, SUNY
After recognizing abuse and maltreatment in children, provide appropriate medical intervention and referrals to assure a comprehensive assessment as well as continuity of medical and psychological care.

Treatment Of Child Sexual Abuse - Child Welfare Information Gateway.

There are a number of treatments available to victims of child abuse.
Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), while developed to treat sexually abused children is now used for victims of any kind of trauma.

It targets trauma-related symptoms in children including Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), clinical depression, and anxiety.

It also includes a component for non-offending parents.

Several studies have found that sexually abused children undergoing TF-CBT improved more than children undergoing certain other therapies.

Abuse-focused cognitive behavioral therapy was designed for children who have experienced physical abuse. It targets externalizing behaviors and strengthens social behaviors. Offending parents are included in treatment, to improve parenting skills and practices.

Child-parent psychotherapy was designed to improve the child-parent relationship following the experience of domestic violence. It targets trauma-related symptoms in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, including PTSD, aggression, defiance, and anxiety.

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