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Showing 4 posts from August 2012.

Importance of Non-Offending Parents in Therapy

In recent research, I ran across a study that is a few years old, but still important and frequently cited. The study worked with 100 families of sexually abused children who were exhibiting Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related behavioral problems. The researchers randomly assigned the families to one of three cognitive behavioral interventions -- child only, non-offending parent and child, or parent only -- or simply information and encouragement to find a therapist. The study found that children who participated in the interventions, either child only or parent and child sessions, showed significant improvement over the other two groups, and the children who participated with their parent showed more improvement than any of the other groups. This study, and later ones that built upon it, show the importance of non-offending parents in a child's recovery from abuse.

Georgia Mandatory Reporting Statute

As of July 1, 2012, most people who work with children in Georgia are required to report suspicions of child abuse.  I have drafted a summary of the law, explaining the who, what, when, where & why of the new law.  Download it here.

People Who Should Not Be Responsible for Children

Posted In Day Care

Police have charged three day care workers for encouraging children to fight. We know about it because someone was proud enough of the event to film it.

It's things like this that give good day care owners nightmares.

More Evidence Supporting Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Child's MindA new study published in the Journal of Child Maltreatment adds more empirical evidence about the efficacy of Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).   The study reviewed follow-up assessments of 158 sexually abused children who had been treated with TF-CBT.  The children had shown significant improvement in 14 outcome measures, and this study showed sustained improvement in those measures at 6 months and 12 months after treatment.

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