Lesson 3 - Helping Children and Families When Abuse is Disclosed

Many child victims of abuse and neglect may also be traumatized. However, a person can be victimized without being traumatized. It becomes critical when treating child victims of abuse to assess the degree and impact of trauma. Trauma reflects a continuum of experiences. Each child varies from the next in terms of support received, capacity to deal with distress, developmental maturity, and coping styles. Thus, there is no single way to treat such a diverse group of children. Clinicians must recognize the complexity of the association between maltreatment and outcome while staying focused on the goal of assisting the child in moving from being a victim of abuse to becoming a healthy survivor.

Click here for resources about the impact of child abuse and neglect: http://www.childwelfare.gov/can/impact/

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