Sexual Abuse Treatment

Speaker: Stacey Seibel, Ph.D.

This course will provide participants with an overview of sexual trauma, exploring what trauma is, its impact on individuals, and the recovery/treatment process.  This course will allow participants to assess for sexual trauma in their own clinical experiences when working with children, adolescents and adults.  Additionally, participants will obtain an understanding of the impact of sexual trauma differentiated by type of abuse, will receive an overview of trauma treatment models, and will learn to work compassionately and effectively with trauma survivors through the recovery/treatment process.  This course will also address the unique need for clinician self-care when working with the distinctive challenges posed by a trauma population.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn to conduct a proper assessment of individuals with sexual trauma histories.
  2. Participants will be able to identify and recognize symptom presentations common in children, adolescents and adults who have sexual trauma histories.
  3. Participants will be able to discuss the differences in symptom presentation based upon type of trauma (i.e., single event versus prolonged).
  4. Participants will obtain an understanding of the most common trauma treatment models, and be able to choose the most efficacious treatment approach.
  5. Participants will learn key components of a contextual treatment approach and be able to implement.
  6. Participants will obtain an overview of trauma focused treatment approaches.
  7. Participants will be able to determine when to implement trauma focused versus contextually based treatment approaches.
  8. Participants will be able to describe the potential challenges therapists face when working with trauma patients.

Course Outline:

9AM to 11AM:                      Course Introduction and Overview

Impact of Single Event and Prolonged Sexual Trauma

Factors that Impact Symptom Presentation

11AM to 12PM:                    Assessment: Considerations with Sexual Trauma Patients

Conceptualization of Sexual Trauma

12PM to 1PM:                       LUNCH BREAK

1PM to 2:30PM                     Contextual Model and Treatment

2:30PM to 3:30PM                Trauma Focused Treatment Approaches

3:30PM to 4PM                     The Therapist: Unique Considerations

4PM to 5PM                          A Contextual Model of Conceptualizing and Treating DID:                                                      Case Example