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- Discuss the interventions for survivors of sexual abuse, including group counseling, for both adults and children
- What would you take into consideration when determining what type of counseling, individual or group.
- What types of interventions you would use with a client who is a sexual abuse survivor?

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(1) Can you discuss the interventions for survivors of sexual abuse, including group counseling, for both adults and children?

Adler posited that human beings create immediate and long-term goals that motivate behaviors and development. Based on his hypothesis, goals guide a person's movement into self-actualization and sometimes perfection. Both people and situations influence the development of goals and movements. Relative to children, according to Adler, goal formation begins early in life (ages 5 or 6). Thus, the Alderman approach emphasized these goals and/or motivations as a perfect foundation for group work. For instance, given his position of group counseling, the aim is not to create a change in personality, but to focus on immediate situations, and self-concept and motivations. Thus, behavioral change occurs due to the patterns of the group's goals.

(2) What would you take into consideration when determining what type of counseling, individual or group?

Research is presented that reveals statistics from the National Center for Victims of Crime (2007 as cited in Hansen, Kershaw, Kochman, & Sikkema, 2007)), girls are victimized at least three times more often than boys. The report further shows that one in four adolescent girls are victimized at least three times more than boys. Thus, based on the report one in four adolescent girls will experience ...

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Discusses the interventions for survivors of sexual abuse and considerations behind which method would be best.

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Treating Sexual Trauma Survivors: Cultural, Ethical, and Legal Issues

"Sandra"
Sandra, a 28-year-old female, seeks counseling for issues of depression. After three sessions, she reports that she was sexually abused from ages 4 to 9 by an uncle, after which she experienced two date/acquaintance rapes her senior year in high school. Sandra states that she told her mother, who accused her of making up stories and demanded she not say another word. She also reported an older female cousin had "played doctor" with her on several occasions, including examining her private parts with a "tube" and checking her tonsils with her tongue.

Sandra states she spent most of her time drunk from ages 18-22 and slept with at least 70 men during this time period. She reports she would pick up these men at bars with the intent of engaging in sexual activity, often not even knowing their names. She states she often thought of suicide during this time period, although only had one real attempt in which she tried to drive her car into a lake, but blew out a tire before reaching the water.

Sandra states she has very few friends and no longer talks with her anyone in her family. She reports not being able to keep a boyfriend and believes that the few friends she does have talk about her behind her back.

Sandra reports not drinking for the last few years and is determined not to drink again due to her raising her 2-year-old child. She states she wants to be a good mother. The father is out of the picture and Sandra is raising the child on her own.

a. What two interventions might be used to help Sandra deal with these effects?
b. Explain any cultural, ethical, and legal issues related to Sandra's treatment.
c. Explain what might be different in the effects of the trauma and the interventions you might select if Sandra had been a male.

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