In this talk, clinical psychologist Dr. Giada del Fabbro addresses the issue of child sexual abuse. This is an area that may be encountered by healthcare professionals at any point in their practice, and it is important that professionals are aware of their legal and ethical obligations in this regard. Dr. Del Fabbro demystifies the area by defining what constitutes sexual abuse, and by offering insight into what is involved in assessing for sexual abuse. She looks at psychological effects, including how these might be remediated in the therapeutic context.
1. Definitions of sexual abuse
2. Assessment methods: children and adults
3. Psychological sequelae in children and adults
4. Legal obligations and ethical considerations