CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE

By Michael Paterson
Product Code: 1827 ISBN No:9780852315408
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This book has been written by a priest and psychotherapist who has worked with survivors for more than twenty years.

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Sexual abuse is devastating, hurting those who have been abused and also those who love and care for them. Its effects are both immediate and long term and recovery and healing can take years.

This book, written by a priest and psychotherapist, explains what sexual abuse is, outlines immediate and longterm consequences, offers guidelines for handling disclosure, suggests practical forms of pastoral care, and points to available resources.

Dr Michael Paterson is a priest, psychotherapist and spiritual director who has worked with abuse survivors for over twenty years. He is the Director of the Institute of Pastoral Supervision and Reflective Practice and non-executive director of a residential therapeutic community for looked-after children.

 

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Denis Blackledge SJ

The author, a priest and psychotherapist with over twenty years of experience of survivors, explains what sexual abuse is; outlines immediate and long-term consequences; offers guidelines for handling disclosure; suggests practical forms of pastoral care; and points to resources that are available. Paterson provides five guidelines when someone discloses:believe the survivor; take abuse seriously; tell the survivor it was not their fault; assure the survivor that disclosure is the right thing to do; and take appropriate action to safeguard other children. Survivors who are believers are in need of particular pastoral care. Prayers and reflections are suggested, and a series of resources and help. This is an absolute “must” for anyone in pastoral ministry, and it would be an excellent idea to give a copy to all seminarians and clergy.

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