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NCJ Number: 51782 Find in a Library
Title: TRIUMPH OVER TRAUMA IN THE TREATMENT OF CHILD ABUSE
Journal: SOCIAL CASEWORK  Volume:59  Issue:6  Dated:(JUNE 1978)  Pages:352-358
Author(s): A OPPENHEIMER
Corporate Author: Family Service Assoc of America
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Family Service Assoc of America
New York, NY 10010
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A FAMILY SERVICE AGENCY IN PASADENA, CALIF., HAS DEVISED A TREATMENT MODEL THAT IS SUCCESSFUL IN PROVIDING MULTIDISCIPLINARY HUMANISTIC AID TO CHILD ABUSE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
Abstract: THE FOOTHILL FAMILY SERVCE IS A NONPROFIT COUNSELING AGENCY DEDICATED TO STRENGTHENING AND HARMONIZING FAMILY LIFE. IT WAS CREATED IN 1977 AND INCORPORATED A SMALL-SCALE PROGRAM OF DIAGNOSTIC AND THERAPEUTIC SERVICES FOR ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES. DESIGNED TO AMELIORATE THE PROBLEM OF CHILD ABUSE, THE PROGRAM AIMED TO MAKE CHILDREN HEALTHIER BY SENDING PARENTS AWAY TO DAY CAMP. A SERIES OF WEEKEND EXPERIENCES WAS OFFERED TO PARENTS COMBINING TRADITIONAL PSYCHOTHERAPY AND FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION WITH NONTRADITIONAL USES OF RECREATION, MUSIC, AND ART. PRACTICAL CLASSES WERE OFFERED ALSO IN BUDGETING AND NUTRITION. SPECIFIC GOALS OF THE PROGRAM WERE TO TEACH PARENTS NEW AND CONSTRUCTIVE PARENTING SKILLS, TO FULFILL THE TOTAL SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL NEEDS OF PARENTS, AND TO ELIMINATE THE CHILD ABUSE PRACTICES OF 90 PERCENT OF THE INDIVIDUALS. NINE FAMILIES WERE REACHED; 40 CHILDREN AND ADULTS ALONG WITH PROFESSIONALS AND VOLUNTEERS FOM 10 DIFFERENT AGENCIES IN PASADENA WERE INVOLVED. NO ONE TECHNIQUE WAS USED EXCLUSIVELY. A FOUR-PART FORMAT WAS ADOPTED THAT EMPHASIZED SELF-ESTEEM, SELF-GRATIFICATION, MUTUAL SHARING, AND EMPOWERMENT. IT WAS FOUND THAT THE MOST EFFECTIVE ANTIDOTE IN THE TREATMENT OF ABUSIVE PARENTS WAS PROVIDING THEM WITH HOPE, SELF-ESTEEM, AND EDUCATION. A CASE ILLUSTRATION AND OTHER RESULTS OF THE PROGRAM DOCUMENT THE SUCCESS OF THE DAY CAMP APPROACH. (DEP)
Index Term(s): California; Child abuse; Child abuse treatment; Family counseling; Models; Offenders; Treatment
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