Handbook of Child Sexual Abuse: Identification, Assessment, and Treatment
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A comprehensive guide to the identification, assessment, and treatment of child sexual abuse

The field of child sexual abuse has experienced an explosion of research, literature, and enhanced treatment methods over the last thirty years. Representing the latest refinements of thought in this field, Handbook of Child Sexual Abuse: Identification, Assessment, and Treatment combines the most current research with a wealth of clinical experience.

The contributing authors, many of whom are pioneers in their respective specialties, include researchers and clinicians, forensic interviewers and law enforcement professionals, caseworkers and victim advocates, all of whom do the work of helping children who have been sexually victimized.

Offering a snapshot of the state of the field as it stands today, Handbook of Child Sexual Abuse explores a variety of issues related to child sexual abuse, from identification, assessment, and treatment methods to models for implementation and prevention, including:

  • The impact of sexual abuse on the developing brain

  • The potential implications of early sexual victimization

  • Navigating the complexities of multidisciplinary teams

  • Forensic interviewing and clinical assessment

  • Treatment options for children who have traumagenic symptoms as a response to their sexual victimization

  • Treating children with sexual behavior problems and adolescents who engage in illegal sexual behavior

  • Secondary trauma and vicarious traumatization

  • Cultural considerations and prevention efforts

Edited by a leader in the field of child therapy, this important reference equips helping professionals on the front lines in the battle against child sexual abuse—not merely with state-of-the-art knowledge—but also with a renewed vision for the importance of their role in the shaping of our culture and the healing of victimized children.


Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S, has seventeen years of experience in treating sexually abused children and adolescents. Internationally recognized as a dynamic speaker and innovative clinician, she serves as an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatric Mental Health at Vanderbilt University, guest lectures at several universities in middle Tennessee, provides consultation and training for a variety of agencies, and sees clients in an outpatient setting. She is the author of numerous books, articles, and book chapters, including Play Therapy with Traumatized Children: A Prescriptive Approach (Wiley).


About the Editor.

List of Contributors.

Section I Identification.

Chapter 1: Child Sexual Abuse: The Scope of the Problem (Paris Goodyear-Brown, Abbe Fath, and Lori Myers).

Chapter 2: Child Sexual Abuse, Traumatic Experiences, and their Impact on the Developing Brain (Richard L. Gaskill and Bruce D. Perry).

Chapter 3: The Long-Term Health Effects of Child Sexual Abuse (Kathleen Kendall-Tackett and Sandra Hewitt).

Section II Assessment.

Chapter 4: Navigating the System: The Complexities of the Multi-Disciplinary Team in Cases of Child Sexual Abuse (Patti van Eys and Bonnie Beneke).

Chapter 5: The Forensic Interview: A Challenging Conversation (Linda Cordisco Steele).

Chapter 6: Developmentally Sensitive Assessment Methods in Child Sexual Abuse Cases (Sandra Hewitt).

Chapter 7: Comprehensive and Therapeutic Assessment of Child Sexual Abuse: A Bridge to Treatment (Patti van Eys and Alanna Truss).

Section III Evidence-Based Treatments and other Effective Approaches.

Chapter 8: Determining Best Practice for Treating Sexually Victimized Children (Benjamin E. Saunders).

Chapter 9: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Monica M. Fitzgerald and Judith Cohen).

Chapter 10: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Psychotherapy with Children Who Have Experienced Sexual Abuse and Trauma (Robbie Adler-Tapia, Carolyn Settle, and Francine Shapiro).

Chapter 11: Trauma-Focused Integrated Play Therapy Model (TF-IPT) (Eliana Gil).

Chapter 12: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for sexually abused children (Anthony J. Urquiza and Dawn Blacker).

Chapter 13: Flexibly Sequential Play Therapy with Sexually Victimized Children (Paris Goodyear-Brown).

Chapter 14: Child Parent Relationship Therapy with Non-Offending Parents of Sexually Abused Children (Sue C. Bratton, Peggy L. Ceballos, Garry L. Landreth, and Mary B. Costas).

Chapter 15: Trauma Informed Art Therapy and Sexual Abuse in Children (Cathy Malchiodi).

Chapter 16: Group Therapy with Sexually Abused Children (Liana Lowenstein and Rachel C. Freeman).

Chapter 17: Effectively Incorporating Bibliotherapy into Treatment for Child Sexual Abuse (Deanne Ginns-Gruenberg and Arye Zacks).

Section IV Special Issues.

Chapter 18: Clinical Considerations when Children have Problematic Sexual Behavior (Jane F. Silovsky, Lisa M. Swisher, Jimmy Widdifield, Jr., and Lorena Burris).

Chapter 19: Intervention Application for Self-injury Following Childhood Sexual Abuse (Keegan R. Tangeman and Janine Shelby).

Chapter 20: Treatment Considerations with Sexually Traumatized Adolescents (Sharon A. McGee and C. Curtis Holmes).

Chapter 21: Understanding and Treating Adolescents with Illegal Sexual Behavior (Susan R. Schmidt, Barbara L. Bonner, and Mark Chaffin).

Chapter 22: Treatment Implications for Child Victims of Adult Female Sexual Offenders (Karen A. Duncan).

Chapter 23: Cultural issues in Child Sexual Abuse Intervention and Prevention (Lisa Aronson Fontes and Carol A. Plummer).

Chapter 24: Working with Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: Secondary Trauma and Vicarious Traumatization (Michele M. Many and Joy D. Osofsky).

Chapter 25: Preventing Childhood Sexual Abuse: An Ecological Approach (Sandy K. Wurtele and Maureen C. Kenny).



"...includes a solid lineup from experts in the field and provides an overview of the many areas one needs to attend to when working with this population. In addition to professionals specializing in treating sexually victimized children and adolescents, the utility of the handbook extends to the general pool of professionals providing mental health and child welfare services in the United States. This comprehensive handbook provides an excellent grounding in the topic, with guidance related to the most effective ways to respond based on current research." (PsycCRITIQUES, September 2012, Vol. 57, Release 37, Article 6)