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Editor's E-Note
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Effective efforts to prevent abuse are critical to the health and safety of all children, but even with the best prevention strategies and the most diligent adult caregivers, tragically, abuse still occurs.

The victims of child abuse require careful, sensitive, evidence-based interventions to help them heal, and one of the most effective is trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy. A key component of TF-CBT is parental or caregiver participation in the child’s treatment. Some parents or caregivers may be so horrified by the reality of their child’s abuse that they may shy away from frank discussions of the abuse, but this therapy encourages active involvement, and our E-News Exclusive explains why their participation is so important to the child’s recovery.

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— Marianne Mallon, editor
E-News Exclusive
Parental/Caregiver Support of Child Abuse Victims
By Lindsey Getz

The importance of caregiver support of child abuse victims is not a new concept. According to a 2006 study by Herbert et al published in Child Maltreatment, support from primary caregivers can help counteract the negative effects of child sexual abuse.

Still, many treatment models focus solely on the child. One characteristics unique to trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy (TF-CBT) is its emphasis on family involvement in the recovery process. Many clinicians who have used TF-CBT believe it is this caregiver support that is the key to the model’s effectiveness.

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Teaching Digital-Age Children the Beauty of Books
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Court Helps Minors With Mental Health Conditions
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