Abuse/Trauma, CLINICAL INFORMATION, DEVELOPMENT / BEHAVIOR, review

Dynamics of Sexual Abuse

Child Sexual Abuse is often very different from adult sexual abuse.  Child sexual abuse has the following characteristics: ●  The perpetrator is typically a known and trusted caregiver. ● Physical force/violence is rarely used ● Child sexual abuse often occurs over many weeks or even years. ●Occurs as repeated episodes that become more invasive with time.… Continue reading Dynamics of Sexual Abuse

CLINICAL INFORMATION, review

Social Work Theories

The word theory can become quite confusing...in social work 'theory' is thrown around and can often become synonymous with model, approach, or practice.  Defining and understanding theories, perspectives and practice are important in social work.  The importance and usefulness of theories are discussed along with the major theories, perspectives and practices used in social work.Watch… Continue reading Social Work Theories

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Dysfunctional family roles

Members of families naturally take on different roles. In a healthy family, roles are flexible given the situation. In unhealthy family environments, roles become fixed or rigid.The dysfunctional family organizes itself around a problem. The problem shapes the family's interactions, while members deny the problem exists. The common goal of each role is to escape… Continue reading Dysfunctional family roles

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Normal and abnormal behavior

Defining the difference between normal and abnormal behavior begins with the 4 D's Deviance from a society's ideas about proper function Distress - pain or discomfort Dysfunction -  or maladaptive behavior which interferes with daily functioning Danger - behavior that becomes dangerous to self or others.