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Transforming Trauma

Transforming Trauma
A Guide to Understanding and Treating Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

July 1995 | 376 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Practitioners helping adult survivors of child sexual abuse need to be aware of the thought processes of offenders. The premise of Anna Salter's major book is that those who do not recognize an internalized perpetrator when they hear one will often be frustrated by the tenacity of the survivor's self blame.

Primarily oriented towards treating adult survivors, this invaluable book will also be useful for treating sex offenders. It includes discussion of crucial issues such as: what clinicians who treat survivors need to know about sex offenders; the different ways sadistic and nonsadistic offenders think and the resulting different `footprints' they leave in the heads of survivors; how trauma affects survivors' world-views; whether apology sessions re-abuse survivors; and what is effective, and why telling a client that `it's not your fault' is ineffective, in combating an internalized perpetrator. Finally, Salter describes the steps of therapy for survivors and proposes that trauma can be transformed rather than just endured.

What Do We Know about Sex Offenders and What Does It Mean?
The Deviant Cycle
Sadistic versus Nonsadistic Offenders and Their Effects on Victims
Apology and Forgiveness in the Context of the Cycles of Adult Male Sex Offenders Who Abuse Children
Footprints on the Heart
Effects of Child Sexual Abuse on Emotions

Sex Offenders in the Head
Effects of Child Sexual Abuse on Victim Thinking

Managing Chronic Pain
Links between Offenders and Victims
Summing Up

Crossing Open Ground
Trauma and Transformation


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