Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!: Ethical, Legal and Clinical Complexities of the Systems Involved with Child Sexual Abuse
Anthony Goldsmith, MA & Mary Hove, MS
(Introductory Level Workshop | Co-Sponsored with Family Support Line)
Techniques to use with a child who discloses abuse will be reviewed, with an emphasis on encouraging expression while not leading the child, and ways to avoid questions that may contaminate an investigation. Child protective service (CPS) reporting scenarios will be used for illustration. The roles of various entities in child sexual abuse will be delineated, including those of family members who face crises of their own.
Participation in this program will enable you to:
1) Explore the role of therapist bias in sexual anuse disclosure.
2) Differentiate therapist and CPS investigator roles.
3) Incorporate techniques that enhance the child's comfort level and promote the child's ability to give a report.
4) Describe the prevalence and effects of denial on nuclear and extended family relationships.
5) Understand the importance of group support for non-offending caretakers.
6) Identify the roles of child protective services, criminal investigation, prosecution, and probation.
7) Recognize the importance of collaboration and relationships with the various systems involved in child sexual abuse.
Anthony Goldsmith, MA, is a licensed psychologist and board-certified expert in traumatic stress with 30+ years of experience in the mental health field. He has an active private practice of psychotherapy with children and families. His areas of specialty include recovery from trauma and sexual abuse evaluation and treatment. He is the former Clinical Director at Family Support Line and the former Chief Operating Officer of the Joseph J. Peters Institute in Philadelphia. Other professional experiences include clinical and administrative positions in foster care, community mental health, and sexual abuse treatment. Mr. Goldsmith is a member of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.
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