Brief and Extended Interventions in Sexual Abuse

Robert H. Rencken, CCMHC

Course Description

This essential resource provides a clear and basic framework for understanding sexual abuse in an integrated context. Rencken provides a “big picture” approach to the most critical issues, as well as effective intervention strategies useful for a wide range of counselors and other health practitioners.

This edition explores important aspects of pseudosexual abuse that have gained prominence in last 10 years – focusing primarily on brief interventions in response to changing needs of clients and the current structure of the health care system. It contains a comprehensive set of case studies that are particularly helpful for those who are not specialists in the field. Evaluation, prevention and treatment strategies for victims, survivors, offenders, and the families are prescribed with their legal ramifications.

About Authors

Robert H. Rencken, CCMHC has been a mental health counselor and clinical sexologist in private practice in Tuscon, Arizona for over 25 years. He is also a school psychologist with Sunnyside Unified School District.

Learning Objectives

    1. State several items of Finklehor’s (1984) research.
    2. State the incidence of sexual abuse in the last 10 years.
    3. List the several systems damaged by sexual abuse.
    4. Define iatrogenic.
    5. State the biggest obstacle in research, education and treatment of sexual abuse.
    6. List the two “official” diagnoses that apply specifically to sexual abuse.
    7. Describe the four axes of pedosexual taxonomy.
    8. Describe the 3 levels of coercion.
    9. State why the prognosis for the treatment of pedophilia is very poor.
    10. Explain the statement, “the child is the primary client.”
    11. State the most consistent answer to “Why does sexual abuse occur?”
    12. Describe societal belief in punishment as a problem resolution.
    13. Define a “parentified” child.
    14. State the most frequent task of the counselor.
    15. Describe the criminal, juvenile, family, and civil court.
    16. List the two general qualities that are important when considering the typically sexually abused
    17. List five steps the mother can take to prepare the child for treatment.
    18. List three behaviors that indicate empowerment.
    19. State the most identifiable difference for the counselor in the victim, age 7 to puberty, as
    20. State the clearest signs of sexual abuse in victims age 7 to puberty.
    21. Define clarification sessions.
    22. Describe the role of the mother when rebonding.
    23. List the three principles of sex positivism.
    24. List the four conditions that signify readiness for termination.
    25. Describe the questions of a male victim with same sex involvement.
    26. State the major difference when treating the adolescent as opposed to the child.
    27. State why the crisis stage may be more difficult for the adolescent victim.
    28. Describe the “damaged goods” syndrome.
    29. Define puberty education.
    30. Describe the youthful offender.
    31. State the focus of generalization, maintenance and transfer.
    32. State the only family member who is mandated into treatment.
    33. Describe “Limited Mandated Treatment.”
    34. Describe three types of assessments.
    35. Describe manipulative behavior of the offender.
    36. State the most common behavior of the addicted/compulsive sex addict.
    37. State why a therapy team is the best treatment for a pedosexual offender.
    38. State the biggest issue of the crisis phase after support is given.
    39. State why male victims are less likely to report female offenders.
    40. State the most common reaction of the mother to the report.
    41. State how siblings protect themselves, even when they know or suspect abuse is occurring.
    42. List the three critical dyads in the family system.
    43. Describe family visitation.
    44. Describe the longest phase of recovery.
    45. State two reasons for addressing brief interventions with survivors.

Course Contents

Overview of the Problem
Intervention Strategies with Victims of Abuse
Intervention Strategies in the Treatment of Offenders
Intervention Strategies in the Treatment of Family and Adult Survivors

Customer Comments

“This book is an educational treasure with techniques and strategies that anyone working with problem of sexual abuse can benefit from.” – Joyce M. Breasure, LPCMH, ACA Past President

“Brief and Extended Interventions in Sexual Abuse not only unravels the complexity and dynamics of the issues surrounding both the victim and offender, but also provides myriad treatment that allow for meaningful client interventions.” – Douglas R. Gross, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University