Item description for Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse (AACC Counseling Library) by Diane Langberg...
This powerful book deals with the issue of how Christians, especially those called to counsel, can help survivors of sexual abuse find healing and hope. From 20 years of experience, the author demonstrates how counselors can walk alongside people deeply wounded by sexual abuse as they face the truth about who they are, who their abuser was, and who God is as the Savior and Redeemer of all life. Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse issues a strong call to the church at large to walk with survivors through the long dark nights of their healing.
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Studio: Xulon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2003
Publisher Xulon Press
Series AACC Counseling Library
ISBN 1591605199 ISBN13 9781591605195
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More About Diane Langberg
Langberg is a psychologist in private practice in suburban Philadelphia. She is also a lecturer on various topics related to marriage, Christian living and the realities of the life in the ministry.
Diane Langberg currently resides in Philadelphia, in the state of Pennsylvania.
Reviews - What do customers think about Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse (AACC Counseling Library)?
Wow! What a book! Feb 5, 2008
This book is truly awesome! It really gave me the tools I needed to effectively lead the Sexual Abuse Ministry that I started at my church. Must Read! Love it!
Excellent book. Mar 21, 2007
This book is very helpful for counseling those surviving childhood sexual abuse. It gives hope in the darkness of this tragic epidemic.
quick delivery Mar 8, 2007
ORDERED AND RECVD QUICKLY - HAD SOME FRIENDS ORDER FOR CLASS AT THE SAME TIME AND RECVD THEIRS MAYBE A WEEK LATER THAN I DID - MUCH HAPPINESS FOR ME!!!
Good resource for Counselors of Sexual Abuse Victims Dec 13, 2004
Dr. Langberg presented every dimension of sexual abuse-its mental and physical aftereffects on the victim, and how the abuse impacts one's spiritual well being by hindering the individual from coming to Christ. Dr. Langberg has been working with sexual abuse victims for nearly twenty-five years. She included one woman's graphic story of abuse, which brought tears to my eyes. I felt pain and sorrow for the little girl in the story. Anger welled up inside of me as the woman depicted an escalation of abuse as she grew older, in which her father prostituted her to other men. This woman, Meeka, was denied love, protection, and a childhood.
Dr. Langberg listed several "indicators" which manifests as chronic symptoms (migraine headaches, muscular tension, TMJ, gastrointestinal problems, anger difficulties and deep grief) or "somatic effects" (though she warns that these are not proof that abuse had actually happened) (88). Emotional aftereffects of sexual abuse include a mistrust of others, fear of intimacy, and a feeling of being "different" (89). Dr. Langberg described child sexual abuse as "tentacles that reach throughout the adult life of the victim" (92). I believe any abuse is detrimental to the person as it is to ministry because it can prevent people from ever being close to others at church. Dr. Langberg recognized that abuse forced people to "live with a split identity...to pretend she was not abused" in order to maintain "even an appearance of a relationship" (128).
I found Dr. Langberg's detailed list of "survivor's needs" very helpful. She tapped into the core of practical ways someone could help a survivor, such as not simply offering help but following up with phone calls, notes of encouragement, and invitations of fellowship (278). Then she listed "hindrances" to helping. For example, Dr. Langberg expressed that counseling survivors is a long process so one should not counsel with the unrealistic assumption that the person will be healed after a few sessions. She also recommended that only trained women ought to "walk alongside" survivors since a male's intervention would probably elicit fear and other negative responses. Dr. Langberg's graphic description of sexual abuse enlightens the reader of the magnitude of evil that is committed upon a child. It is no wonder that the survivor must face many "truths," namely, "I was not the abuser," "I was not protected," "I was a victim," and hardest of all truth- "I am capable of abusing others" (146).
One of Dr. Langberg's treatment methods is to have survivors rewrite Isaiah 53 as a way to draw closer to God by recognizing that Jesus also suffered (150). She included one survivor's gripping reinterpretation, which seemed to incorporate personal hurts of the writer. This exercise allows survivors to realize that they are not alone and have not been abandoned by God despite the emotional and physical torture they had encountered.
In the second treatment exercise, Dr. Langberg uses scripture to restructure the survivor's image of "self." By rewriting a passage in the book of Ephesians as if to herself, the survivor thwarts the untruths about herself-- such as what abusers have said "she was" or what her feelings say "she is" (153). Dr. Langberg relies on scripture as a means of healing survivors and though she understands that the "results" are not "instantaneous," she believes it is a powerful practice because "they involve the eternal Word of God" (155).
Table of Contents Feb 8, 2000
PART ONE: FOUNDATIONS TO THE TREATMENT OF SEXUAL ABUSE--Chap 1: Why I Write-Chap 2: Meeka's Story---Chap 3: Understanding the Nature of Personhood--Chap 4: Understanding the Nature of Therapy--Chap 5: Understanding the Nature of Trauma-Chap 6: Understanding the Nature of Child Development--Chap 7: Definitions, Frequency, and Family Dynamics--Chap 8: Symptoms and Aftereffects of Childhood Sexual Abuse--Chap 9: Meeka's Story Continued--PART TWO: TREATMENT: PHASE ONE--Chap 10: Helping Clients Feel Safe--Chap 11: Symptom Relief--Chap 12: Memory Retrieval--PART THREE: TREATMENT: PHASE TWO--Chap 13: Facing Truths about the Past--Chap 14: Facing Truths about the Present--Chap 15: Major Issues of Phase Two--PART FOUR: TREATMENT: PHASE THREE--Chap 16: Relationships--Chap 17: Reclaiming the body--Chap 18: Re-creating Life--Chap 19: Treatment Termination--PART FIVE: SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS--Chap 20: Dissociative Disorders--Chap 21: False Memory Syndrome--Chap 22: Male Survivors--PART SIX: THE THERAPIST'S PERSON--Chap 23: The Impact of Trauma on Therapist--Chap 24: Strategies that Foster Endurance--Chap 25: The Spiritual Life of the Therapist--PART SEVEN: PROFILES OF A COMPASSIONATE CHURCH--Chap 26: The Church Community--Chap 27: How Can the Church Help Survivors of Sexual Abuse?