Publications

Fawn’s Touching Tale: A Story for Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused (Help for Sexually Abused Children) 

Introduction to Parents, School Personnel and Psychotherapists: There are many books aimed at the prevention of sexual abuse; few story books are geared for children that deal with the profound emotional aftermath. This book is unique because it offers the use of engaging animal protagonists, which allows the child to work through painful emotions in a less threatening and more effective manner. Among the most universal issues for the sexually abused child are: the mixed feelings toward the abuser, the dread and wish to be loved, the difficulties of disclosing the abuse, the fear of being blamed and/or of not being believed. The effects frequently culminate in a sense of vulnerability, damaged self-esteem, guilt and faulty defenses against the feelings of being hurt. This can lead to a wide range of self-destructive behavior in childhood and adulthood. This gentle, “child friendly”, animal tale provides children with a story they can listen to again and again. Parents, psychotherapists and school professionals can use this book as a point of entry into complex feelings that the youngster, or any sexually abused person might experience. Our hope is that with the help of this book, the child will begin the process of healing and gradual resumption of his or her healthy psychological development. More info…

Reading the Child Within: How Bibliotherapy Can Help the Victim of Child Sexual Abuse:  Journal of Child Sexual Abuse

Agnes Wohl & Gregory W. Kirschen
Published August 2019
ABSTRACT Bibliotherapy, the use of storytelling as part of the healing process, has been successfully incorporated into clinical practice for a variety of indications including psychological trauma, for children and adults. This therapeutic modality, which incorporates mindful meditation, non-threatening use of metaphor, and autonomic regulation, can help children and adults alike, who are willing to engage in a story. Yet, bibliotherapy has not been widely adapted as a routine part of the therapeutic toolbox in the context of sufferers of childhood sexual abuse. Here, we review current practices regarding the adjunctive use of bibliotherapy for victims of child sexual abuse, touch upon the theoretical basis of bibliotherapy, and lay out a number of readily-useable strategies for implementing bibliotherapy in one’s practice.
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Casualties of Childhood: A Developmental Perspective on Sexual Abuse Using Projective Drawings by Agnes Wohl & Bobbie Kaufman (April 1992)
Against the backdrop of powerful case vignettes and their accompanying House, Tree, Person and Kinetic Family Drawings, the discussion focuses primarily on the essential link between childhood sexual abuse and specific developmental problems. Given that sexual abuse is commonly directed toward latency-age young people, it is imperative that this connection be given greater emphasis in the literature. The book represents an important step in that direction. In sum, the authors bring to life the full dimension of sexual victimization, its meaning and consequences for the individual, the family, and by extension, the society. For therapists of all persuasions, it is a much-needed resource.
Available at Amazon.com
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Group Psychotherapy for Psychological Trauma Edited by 
Robert Klein and Victor Schermer (2000)
(Chapter 3.  Management of Trauma Related Affect, Defenses, And Dissociative States Elizabeth Hegeman and Agnes Wohl) This essential volume is designed to help practitioners create, initiate, and maintain therapy for traumatized individuals. Facilitating the creation of a safe and effective healing environment for particularly vulnerable clients, this book is invaluable reading for practitioners interested in setting up trauma groups or those in the field. Available at Amazon

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Silent Screams and Hidden Cries: An Interpretation of Artwork by Children from Violent Homes by Agnes Wohl & Bobbie Kaufman (January 1992)

This poignant volume presents the first study of drawings of elementary school age children who have lived with domestic violence and who have, in many cases, been themselves the victims of violence. Avoiding the sensationalism often associated with such matters, the authors remain compassionate, investigative and insightful as they provide portraits of children who come from families suffering from severe dysfunction.
Available at Barnes & Noble

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October 2017 Nassau Suffolk Clinical Society Newsletter  Speaking the Unspoken:  Treating the Sexual Dysfunction in Adults Sexually Abused As Children.

March 2018    Journal of Child Sexual Abuse.   Betrayal of the Body:  Group Approaches to Hypo-Sexaulity for Adult Femaie Sufferers of Childhood Sexual Abuse.

Ice Breaker Game for Groups:

General, eating disorders or sexual trauma. Available thru Pinterest or Teachers Pay Teachers

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