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(p. 343) Conjoint Trauma-Focused Sessions 

(p. 343) Conjoint Trauma-Focused Sessions
(p. 343) Conjoint Trauma-Focused Sessions

Esther Deblinger

, Anthony P. Mannarino

, Judith A. Cohen

, Melissa K. Runyon

, and Anne H. Heflin

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date: 21 October 2020

This chapter highlights the importance of assessing parent’s and children’s readiness and preparedness for conjoint trauma-focused sessions during which parents and children process the sexual abuse together. Rationales for encouraging open communication about child sexual abuse (CSA) psychoeducation are reviewed and described for both parents and children. Gradual exposure methods for carefully preparing parents and children for conjoint parent-child sessions are described. Guidelines for encouraging the sharing of the trauma narrative with the parent(s), when clinically appropriate, are offered. Methods for assisting parents and children in preparing, sharing and responding to clarification questions about the CSA designed to support the healing process are described.

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