Organized Abuse: An Overview of Research and Treatment Principles
Michael Salter summarize the available research on the prevalence of organised abuse, common organised abuse scenarios, and the disclosures of organised abuse survivors. He will provide an overview of current policy approaches to organised abuse in Australia, where a lack of coordinated action on child sexual exploitation decreases the likelihood of intervention for child victims and complicates the treatment of adult survivors. There will be time for questions before transitioning to the next speaker.
Kate McMaugh will describe some of the general principles of the treatment of severe dissociative disorders, and how they apply to the treatment of people who report organised and extreme abuse, which can be ritualised, involve multiple perpetrators, and involves organised and semi-organised groups. She will discuss some of the common dilemmas and crises therapists face when working with these clients, while emphasising the importance of self-care to avoid vicarious trauma. There will be time for questions before transitioning to the final speaker.
Warwick Middleton will describe the interface between intergenerational familial abuse and organised abuse. He will use case vignettes to illustrate how and why such extreme ongoing abuse has been largely hidden in our society, and why the nature of such abusers makes it inevitable that such abuse almost invariably incorporates an organised element. Treatment principles and approaches will be outlined. There will be a final time for questions before concluding the webinar.
At the conclusion of the presentation participants will be able to:
- Describe the phenomena of organised and extreme abuse
- Analyse current gaps in policy and practice that complicate the detection of organised and extreme abuse
- Recognise some of the clinical phenomena associated with people who have experienced organised and extreme abuse
- Discuss how the treatment of people with organised and extreme abuse relates to treatment of severe dissociation, such as DID
- Address the problem of revictimization of adult organised abuse clients
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