Caring for Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused

This course examines the complex issues surrounding child sexual abuse including: definitions, dynamics of abuse, characteristics of abused children

Instructors Richard Delaney, PhD, psychologist, author, and foster care consultant; and Betsy Keefer Smalley, LSW, Director of Foster Care and Adoption Training, Institute for Human Services (IHS), Columbus, Ohio.
Course Duration 4 credit hours
Course Delivery Self-Directed, Online
Course Provider Foster Parent College
Course Type Self-Directed, Online

Foster parenting a child who has been sexually abused presents unique challenges. Children who enter care with a history of being sexually abused carry with them psychological scars that result in emotional problems and behavioral issues. Some children suffer in silence, others deny the abuse, while others act out sexually. Richard Delaney, PhD., and Betsy Keefer Smalley, LSW, provide insight into the world of the abused child and how foster parents can help.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • state the definition and types of child sexual abuse
  • describe the dynamics of child sexual abuse
  • know different sexual behaviors that can constitute child sexual abuse
  • understand the characteristics of children who have been sexually abused
  • understand the complexity of issues surrounding recovery from sexual abuse and the challenges caregivers face

Course Details

Course Type: Self-Directed, Online
Duration: 4 credit hours
Mandatory for P.R.I.D.E. Levels of Pay:
Recertification Required:
Provided by: Foster Parent College
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