Child Sexual Abuse

These webinars, developed by the NCTSN Child Sexual Abuse Committee, feature experts in the field, as well as parent and consumer perspectives. The series addresses the response to child sexual abuse, special populations, secondary traumatic stress among providers, and collaborations with the media, among other topics.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has increased parental stress and rates of intimate partner violence, and contributed to heightened risk for vulnerable children to experience child maltreatment or to develop problematic sexual behaviors (PSB). Without effective treatment, these traumas can contribute to long lasting negative physical and mental health outcomes, but circumstances of the pandemic have created challenges to identifying these children. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is especially critical for clinicians to assess the full range of interpersonal trauma exposures and responses that youth may experience, and to provide impacted youth with trauma-focused evidence-based treatment. This webinar will describe assessment strategies and evidence-based interventions for interpersonal violence in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic across development, with a focus on 1) how to ask children about their trauma experiences and responses; 2) the use of Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) for young children and their parents/caregivers who experience interpersonal trauma in the wake of COVID-19; 3) features of problematic sexual behaviors (PSB) in children 12 years and younger, the critical role of parents in addressing these, and two evidence-based treatments for this population; and 4) the use of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for youth who experience interpersonal trauma including PSB and their non-offending parents/caregivers.
All adults in the school community play a critical role in keeping children safe in schools. But what happens when the very people who are trained to educate and protect children, violate these fundamental rights? This workshop will explore the importance of knowing the difference between appropriate and inappropriate staff behavior; of being prepared to respond when allegations of sexual misconduct are made of a staff person; and of knowing how to recover following an incident or allegation of sexual misconduct.
Please join us for this joint project between the NCTSN and Prevent Child Abuse America to discuss the primary prevention and intervention strategies for child sexual abuse.
In observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, please join us for a very important webinar where presenters will be discussing both sexual assault that occurs within the context of ongoing relationships AND those that occur in a one-time interaction (e.g., at a party, among casual acquaintances, friends, etc. who are not in an ongoing intimate/romantic relationship). Presenters include a mother who will speak about her LGBTQ daughter’s experiences of sexual assault  at school as well as their participation in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
In this webinar Tony Mannarino and Shari Uncapher focus on parents' response to sibling sexual abuse. They discuss what we know from scientific study and from trends identified in practice. In addition to the speakers, two mothers describe their real life reactions to sibling sexual abuse.
In this webianr speakers discuss special areas of vulnerability, risk factors, disclosure, and cultural competency when working with LGBTQ youth after sexual abuse. Participants learn to identify issues of risk, challenge and strength specific to LGBTQ youth and young adults and develop strategies that balance personal beliefs with professional responsibilities. Speakers address the knowledge and empathy needed to understand the unique stressors experienced by sexual and gender minority youth, their families and caregivers.
In this webinar speakers address therapist, supervisor, and organizational challenges and opportunities for addressing secondary traumatic stress in the context of serving clients who experience child sexual abuse. Presenters highlight cultural considerations, the critical role of professional self-care, and organizational strategies needed to optimally care for ourselves as we provide care for others.
In this webinar Esther Deblinger and Susana Rivera explain how to differentiate between myths and facts regarding child sexual abuse and describe how to effectively respond to adolescent victims of acquaintance rape. Speakers also address how to effectively communicate with parents regarding child sexual abuse and adolescent acquaintance rape.