Growing Your Skills in Treating Sexual Trauma

There are tons of resources available to help support clients in healing from sexual trauma.  If you did a quick Google search, you would be inundated with articles, blogs, videos, websites, etc. dedicated to helping sexual trauma survivors heal. This is all good news for us.

At the same time, it can be a little overwhelming to narrow in on one or two resources. Finding resources that resonate with your theoretical orientation, modality of choice, population, etc. can be challenging. It can be kind of like trying to find a needle in a haystack… feeling almost impossible.  

I want to encourage you to never give up. Your growth and development in sexual trauma treatment is important and worth the effort, energy, and time. We are so committed to this thought, we started digging around ourselves. Below we will highlight just a couple of resources we found that we thought were good. We hope you can enjoy checking them out. 

Healing Sexual Trauma Workbook: Somatic Skills to Help You Feel Safe in Your Body, Create Boundaries, and Live with Resilience  by Erika Shershun

This is a workbook designed to help clients create an internal sense of safety, be more present in the here and now, as well as work through intense emotions that come along with being a sexual trauma survivor.  

SexSmart Body Maps© 

Is an intervention created by Dr. Aline Zoldbroad that can be used to help clients communicate with their partners or explore their own bodies. This could be useful to sexual trauma survivors as they learn what types of touch are pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral. This can also be helpful as they learn to advocate for what they need related to touch.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) 

Offers a number of resources to be aware of. One that we thought we would highlight is their podcast. If you enjoy podcasts, check theirs out. They state that each episode will “share insights on responding and preventing sexual assault from experts who are doing this work every day. A go-to source for those working to end sexual violence, this podcast will explore topics like community-level prevention, evaluation, messaging, and more.”

As always if you are in need of individual support with a sexual trauma case, we are happy to provide individual, professional consultation to you. You can learn more about that service here

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