The Heart of the Matter: Concepts and Techniques in the Treatment of Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

  • 02 Oct 2015
  • 9:00 AM - 4:15 PM
  • Widener University, University Center Webb Room, One University Place Chester, PA 19013


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Constance Pelesh, MS, LPC, NCC, & Panel

(Introductory Level Workshop | Co-Sponsored with Family Support Line)

The morning will focus on crucial aspects of the therapeutic environment that lead to successful treatment of child sexual abuse, regardless of theoretical approach or technique. Citing recent findings on brain changes after traumatic stress, management of the trauma experience in therapy will be discussed, with a particular emphasis on the role of dissociation. Case vignettes will be presented to illustrate these points. The afternoon panel of clinicians with specialized training in different techniques will compare these techniques to further elucidate how to bring about healing and health in the recovery process.

Participation in this program will enable you to:

1)   Create a comforting environment that encourages sharing.

2)   Promote and model boundaries that ensure a sense of safety.

3)   Observe the impact of betrayal on the client’s relationships, both in the therapy and in the larger world.

4)   Recognize the importance of educating clients about the dynamics of sexual abuse and personal safety.

5)   Discuss recent developments which have impacted the treatment of childhood sexual abuse.

6)   Identify how different treatment techniques can help the client process traumatic material.

7)   Identify ways to prevent vicarious trauma for therapists.        

Afternoon panelists include (and are subject to change):

Sara Moore Hines, LPC, NCC, MCAT, ADTR
Therapist, Family Support Line and Private Practice, Drexel Hill, PA 
Movement Therapy, Group Therapy

Constance Pelesh, MS, LPC, NCC
Therapist, Family Support Line and Private Practice, Media, PA 
EMDR, Group Therapy

Nicole Cash, LCSW
Director, Holcomb Behavioral Health Family Based Mental Health Services and Therapist, Springfield, PA
Family-Based Therapy

Jane Mackay, MA
Therapist, Family Support Line and Private Practice, Media, PA 
Play Therapy, EMDR

Pat Kosinski, MSS Moderator 
Executive Director, Family Support Line

For disability accommodations or questions about accessibility please contact  Carol Bricklin at 610-499-1208 or

Widener University's Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Widener University's Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology  maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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