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102258: An Introduction to Ritual, Religious and Spiritual Abuse with Definitions, Discussion of Meaning and Attachment Patterns

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About the Course:

Whilst the international community has become increasingly aware and accepting of the dangers of abuse whether through cyber grooming and bullying, trafficking, abuse by family and others, )i.e. multiperpetrator abuse), Ritual Abuse, also known as Ritualistic abuse or sadistic abuse, still lacks acceptance. This places victims at greater risk and adds to the problems faced by mental health professionals.

Journal/Publisher:

ISST-D

Publication Date:

October 6, 2017

Author

Valerie Sinason, PhD (presenter)

About the Author:

Valerie Sinason is a poet, writer, child psychotherapist and adult psychoanalyst. She is registered with the BPC, ACP and UKCP. She specialises work with abused/abusing and dissociative patients including those with a learning disability in disabilty and has been used as an expert witness in court cases.

Valerie was Consultant Child Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic from 1987 to 1999; Consultant Psychotherapist at both the Anna Freud and Portman Clinics from 1994 to 1997 and Consultant Research Psychotherapist/Psychoanalyst at St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London, from 1994 to 2006. Valerie is Honorary Consultant Psychotherapist to the University of Cape Town’s Child Guidance Clinic.

Valerie is president of the IPD, Institute of Psychotherapy and Disability, patron of the Dorchester Trust and the Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse, acting chair of trustees of the Nieu Bethesda Arts Foundation and a council member for Norwood.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors and social workers who seek knowledge about Ritual Abuse. It is appropriate for introductory level of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain the term “ritual abuse” by providing a shared language and definition

  2. Describe the emotional impact of this narrative for the patient and the therapist

  3. Restate the controversy around the subject of ritual abuse

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