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Building Strengths and SkillsA Collaborative Approach to Working with Clients$
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Jacqueline Corcoran

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195154306

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154306.001.0001

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Working With Nonoffending Parents of Sexual Abuse Victims

Working With Nonoffending Parents of Sexual Abuse Victims

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(p.327) 14 Working With Nonoffending Parents of Sexual Abuse Victims
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Building Strengths and Skills
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JACQUELINE CORCORAN

DIANNA HART

KRISTIN A. GARELL

JANICE BERRY-EDWARDS

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154306.003.0014

This chapter covers the use of the strengths and skills-building model with non-offending parents whose children have recently disclosed sexual abuse. One important goal is to assess and enhance the parents' supportiveness of the child, using motivational and solution-focused techniques. Specifically, solution-focused scaling interventions allow parents as well as professionals to view supportiveness on a continuum rather than in a dichotomous way. Seeing a mother as either supportive or not can create cognitive dissonance in which a mother might be forced to defend a premature position of not believing and protecting her child. Another goal of the work is to provide parents with information about sexual abuse dynamics. This information needs to be relayed through a collaborative process in which the worker uses deductive questioning, adult analogies, and normalizes parents' concerns. Case examples illustrate major techniques and involve both individual and group modalities.

Keywords:   maternal support, collaboration, mother, sexual abuse, cognitive dissonance

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