"Holding the Badness" - Working with Clients who Report Incestuous Abuse into Adulthood

February 23, 2023
Abstract
Clients reporting incestuous abuse that continues into adulthood represent a relatively small sample of child sexual abuse survivors, but one that is rarely researched or discussed in clinical training. Existing cases studies suggest these clients often experience sadistic, prolonged abuse. Abuse may involve multiple perpetrators and overlap with organised and semi-organised abuse. Survivors tend to be chronically unwell and severely dissociative. However there is little research investigating clinical work with these clients, nor the experience of the therapists themselves. This webinar will present the findings of in depth qualitative research interviews conducted with a sample of Australian therapists who discussed their experiences of working with clients who reported incestuous abuse continuing into adulthood. Drawing on the therapists' reports, the presenter will outline key features of the cases. The presenter will also describe the therapists' conceptualisation of the factors that were associated with the abuse continuing into adulthood. Therapists found a number of factors including having a disorganised and enmeshed attachment to the perpetrator; social isolation; and having a non-protective or abusive mother were all associated with the abuse continuing. The presenter will discuss the clinical and service provision implications of these findings. In addition the presentation will describe the reactions and experiences of the therapists themselves. Their experiences carry important implications for therapists' training, the provisions of inter-agency supports for such clients, and for the management of vicarious trauma in therapists.
 
Potential to Distress: Yes

Target Audience

Intermediate 

Learning Objectives

Upon Completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and describe presentations of clients who report incestuous abuse continuing into adulthood
  • Describe how the therapists in this sample conceptualised factors associated with the abuse continuing into adulthood and their implications for clinical practice
  • Describe the reactions and experiences of therapists who have treated clients reporting incestuous abuse continuing into adulthood and their implications for clinical practice and wider service response.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 APA
    The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • 1.50 ASWB ACE
    The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), #1744, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ISSTD maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 08/20/2021 – 08/20/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 1.50 continuing education credits.
  • 1.50 ISSTD Certificate Program
    This program is eligible for 1.50 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.
Course opens: 
01/10/2023
Course expires: 
12/31/2050
Event starts: 
02/23/2023 - 6:00pm EST
Event ends: 
02/23/2023 - 7:30pm EST
ISSTD Member cost:
$35.00
Your Price:
$55.00
Rating: 
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Presenter: Kate McMaugh
Presenter Bio: Kate is a registered psychologist with a clinical focus on pregnancy and birth trauma, complex
trauma and dissociative disorders; working with emerging adults and adults with neurodiverse
presentations; and counselling clients with intellectual disability and communication impairment.
She provides assessment, diagnosis and treatment to clients with complex trauma and dissociative
disorders, as well as training and case consultation to other health professionals. Kate writes and
presents on treatment and associated issues relating to trauma and dissociation. She has published
articles on the history of the false memory movement, trauma and disability, DID, and childbirth
trauma. Kate has recently completed research into therapists’ experiences of working with clients
who have experienced incestuous abuse which has continued into adulthood. Kate is a Fellow of
ISSTD and has been actively involved in the Society for some years, including serving on the
Communications and Marketing Committee, the Public Health Committee and the Australia-New
Zealand Conference Committee. Kate is the Editor of ISSTD News; current Chair of the Australia-New
Zealand Regional Online Community; and Secretary of the Transitional Aged Adults Special Interest
Group. In addition to her clinical work, Kate has a consultancy business offering research, evaluation,
report writing and editing services to a diverse range of individuals and organisations.

Participants who attend the webinar live and wish to claim CE credits must do so within 30 days of the live by completing the webinar evaluation. After this time, participants will be required to watch the webinar recording and take a quiz in addition to the evaluation in order to claim CE credits.

Available Credit

  • 1.50 APA
    The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • 1.50 ASWB ACE
    The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), #1744, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ISSTD maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 08/20/2021 – 08/20/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 1.50 continuing education credits.
  • 1.50 ISSTD Certificate Program
    This program is eligible for 1.50 credits in the ISSTD Certificate Program.

Price

ISSTD Member cost:
$35.00
Your Price:
$55.00
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Cancellation Policy
Cancellations will be accepted until Monday, February 20 at 5:00pm US Eastern Time. All cancellations are subject to a $10 cancellation fee. No refunds are provided for no shows.