Closing the Quality Chasm in Child Abuse Treatment: Identifying and Disseminating Best Practices

Children's Hospital - San Diego, Chadwick Center and the National Call to Action

WHAT:  An overview of considered best practices in therapy for child survivors of physical and sexual abuse.  It promotes the use of Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFR-CBT), Abuse Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT), and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).

WHO:  Policy makers in health care, social services, and residential settings responsible for resource allocation; professionals counselors and therapists; social and community workers referring children for psychosocial support.  

WHERE:  This document is written from a US perspective however the learning is applicable globally.  The option to offer such specialist therapies will be dependent on the resources of each country. 

WHY:  Provides empirically grounded information on the best treatment options to help in a child’s recovery from abuse, and in the rehabilitation of abusive parents.  It is useful for those making decisions about providing, training and funding psychosocial supports.

N.B.  The treatments defined in this document should only be carried out by trained professional counselors and therapists.