An Introduction to Ritual, Religious and Spiritual Abuse with Definitions, Discussion of Meaning and Attachment Patterns
Whilst the international community has become increasingly aware and accepting of the dangers of abuse whether through cyber grooming and bullying, trafficking, abuse by family and others, )i.e. multiperpetrator abuse), Ritual Abuse, also known as Ritualistic abuse or sadistic abuse, still lacks acceptance. This places victims at greater risk and adds to the problems faced by mental health professionals.
At the conclusion of this session participants will be able to:
- Explain the term "ritual abuse" by providing a shared language and definition
- Describe the emotional impact of this narrative for the patient and the therapist
- Restate the controversy around the subject of ritual abuse
Presenter: Valerie Sinason, PhD
Presenter Bio: Valerie Sinason PhD, MACP, M Inst Psychoanal, FIPD is a poet, writer, child, adolescent and adult psychotherapist and adult psychoanalyst. She was Founder Director of the Clinic for Dissociative Studies until her retirement in December 2016 and remains a Consultant. She is President of the Institute for Psychotherapy and Disability (IPD) and Hon Consultant Psychotherapist at the University of Cape Town Child Guidance Clinic; Patron of the Dorchester Trust, Chair of Trustees of the First People Art Centre – Nieu Bethesda Arts Foundation. Her extensive writing includes over 120 papers and chapters. Furthermore, she has written, edited, co-edited over 14 books including a revised 2nd edition of her seminal book Mental Handicap and the Human Condition , (Free Association Books 2010) a 2nd edition of her edited book Attachment, Trauma and Multiplicity: Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder (Routledge 2010), Trauma Attachment and Dissociation (Routledge 2012) and Shattered But Unbroken: Voices of Triumph and Testimony (Amelia van der Merwe and Valerie Sinason, Karnac 2017). Her most recent co-edited book is Holistic Therapy for DID with Dr Patricia Frankish (Karnac Books).
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