Addressing Religious and Spiritual Issues in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Children and Adolescents

Donald F. Walker, Jennifer B. Reese, John P. Hughes, Melissa J. Troskie

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Abstract

Psychologists have become increasingly concerned with the role of religion and spirituality in resolving childhood physical and sexual abuse, particularly religion-related abuse. In treating victims of child abuse, trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy has emerged as a leading treatment for recovery. In this article, we discuss the relevance of religious and spiritual issues in trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy for children and teens. Using three case studies, we then present a model for assessing and treating religion and spirituality in trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy. This model focuses on the client's pre-existing religious and spiritual functioning as well as changes in religion/spirituality after abuse. We suggest that this approach will assist clients from various religious and spiritual affiliations to process childhood abuse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)174-180
Number of pages7
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2010

Keywords

  • child trauma
  • religion and spirituality
  • trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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