Understanding and Treating The Life-Long Consequences of Childhood Sexual Abuse (w/ Free PDF)
- by Graham Wilmer & Survivors
What professionals are saying about this book
“I just wanted to say that I was delighted when I received a copy of your book, ‘Understanding and Treating Lifelong Consequences of Childhood Sexual Abuse’. This training programme will be so beneficial for health professionals especially GPs and HVs and is a brilliant resource. The new therapeutic recovery model was an extremely interesting read.”
Dr Anne Lazenbatt – NSPCC Reader in Childhood Studies – School of Sociology, Social Policy & Social Work – Queen’s University Belfast
Written by Graham Wilmer, David Williams, Jill Joynson and Amanda Tietavainen, this book provides a new approach to help victims of childhood sexual abuse recover from the impact of the abuse they suffered and repair the damage it caused. The book looks in detail at how the many complex psychological issues that develop over time can be resolved. This is a unique piece of work and is based on a wide range of interviews and therapeutic work with more than 1000 victims, carried out by The Lantern Project since its foundation in 2003.
The purpose of this book is to contribute to a better understanding of the long- term impact of childhood sexual abuse, and to introduce more effective ways to help survivors recover from the damage they have inherited. The book is a combination of our own experiences, and knowledge we have gained through our work with hundreds of other survivors, male and female and of all ages, over the past 13 years, together with contributions from recognised experts and specialists in the UK, the USA, Canada and Australia, who work in the field of child protection and victim support.
The book introduces a theory of Psychosexual Trauma Disorder, which we have concluded, from the evidence we have gathered, is a comorbid disorder, which all survivors of childhood sexual abuse seem to develop over time, regardless of the type and nature of the sexual abuse they have experienced. Having recognised that there is an identifiable, comorbid psychological disorder that develops in survivors of sexual abuse, we set about developing a holistic recovery framework that could be offered to survivors of all ages, which would help them reach a point that we call a sustainable recovery; a point from which they would not regress. We call this recovery framework Unstructured Therapeutic Disclosure (UTD), which we have been using since 2009, with encouraging results, and we are confident that UTD can be seen as an effective therapy for treating survivors of psychosexual trauma, and in particular adult survivors.
We are not suggesting that it is the only therapy that can be successful, and we recognise that the model we have developed will always benefit from continuous development and improvement, over time. Consequently, this book should be seen as a ‘work-in-progress’, and we welcome any feedback from professionals and survivors alike.
Keith Le Poidevin – Chief Executive – The Lantern Project. firstname.lastname@example.org