Individual Counseling for Sexually Abused Children: A Role for Animals and Storytelling

  title={Individual Counseling for Sexually Abused Children: A Role for Animals and Storytelling},
  author={Elisabeth Reichert},
  journal={Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal},
  • E. Reichert
  • Published 1 June 1998
  • Psychology
  • Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal
This article addresses the use of animal assisted therapy in individual counseling for sexually abused children. It focuses on how the animal can help the sexually abused child disclose abuse and express feelings. Storytelling forms a part of the treatment process. The author's clinical experience at Project Against Sexual Abuse of Appalachian Children in Knoxville, Tennessee, forms the basis for the article. 
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