Category Archive

February 28, 2018

Research Into Practice

by Drew Fidler, LCSW-C; and Iona Rudisill, LGSW

Here’s what you should know about child sexual abuse images and how to protect children from the dangers of the internet.

The internet is constantly changing and evolving. As professionals, parents, and people who care about children, the internet and all of its perils present a whole new world of challenges for child protection. This is how prevalent phones and th...

December 12, 2017

Insights

"Don’t give up on your client.  When I first started therapy, I wouldn’t talk…every time, I wouldn’t talk for like the whole hour… some therapists would have given up…"

"The lady [prior therapist] tried to force things and just wrote stuff down…"

"Therapists should sit and listen…"

"What people don’t know when you’re going into therapy… you don’t know thes...

September 29, 2016

RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE

Co-authored by Janis Wolak, Senior Researcher, University of New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Research Center Sextortion—threats to expose sexual images—can spark life-altering crises in the lives of young people. A new report we authored for University of New Hampshire’s Crimes against Children Researc...

June 27, 2017

INSIGHTS

Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) have come a long way in the last 30 years.  We have added services and interventions based on solid research—evidence-based practices (EBPs)—all the while maintaining a passion for ensuring that these practices put children on a better path than before they came through our doors. Because the research has come so far, there are now many EBPs to choose from that are tailored to meet specific needs of chi...

June 22, 2017

RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE

The American Counseling Association’s Traumatology Interest Network (2014) defines vicarious trauma as “the emotional residue from hearing other people’s trauma stories and becoming witness to the pain, fear, and terror the trauma survivor endured” (Network, 2014).  Being witness to another’s pain can cause us to see the world differently.  Individuals working with, and hearing the stories of people who have experienced trauma can i...

March 6, 2017

INSIGHTS

While child sexual abuse can take many forms, it is typical for the child (and family) to know the offender. The offender uses this relationship to “groom” the child so that abuse can involve more invasive physical contact over time. This grooming process is not only part of the reason that there is often not physical evidence of the abuse once it is disclosed, but is also part of the dynamic that causes more than half of sexual abuse victi...

October 18, 2016

INSIGHTS

What does it mean for law enforcement serving at Children’s Advocacy Centers to go “all in”?  This question comes up often when I’m meeting with or presenting to law enforcement officers (LEOs) or multidisciplinary teams (MDTs). We all have our roles in the MDT response to child abuse allegations, but what about going beyond our traditional roles?  What does it truly mean to conduct a collaborative, team investigation? It’s impor...

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