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Child Sexual Abuse

Best Practices for Interviewing and Treatment

Monit Cheung

Publication Date - July 2012

ISBN: 9780190616120

504 pages
6 x 9 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $130.00


In social work practice, the need for a thorough, protocol-driven therapeutic intervention is rarely more apparent than when working with victims of abuse who are children. Monit Cheung's comprehensive new manual uses the recent development of forensic interviewing techniques and best practice research to provide both a practical resource for interview conduct and court preparation and treatment suggestions for cases involving child sexual abuse.

This book advocates for a team approach, encouraging the participation of parents, school personnel, church review boards, law enforcement officers, medical professionals, child welfare workers, legal prosecutors, and defense attorneys. The abundant resources throughout the book, including sample interviews, documents, and protocols, are provided to help multidisciplinary professionals who work with child victims successfully navigate the case management process.


  • An extended case study-a composite of real-life cases-that illustrates every step of the case management process
  • Tips and advice for parents at the end of each major chapter
  • Discussion of the emotional effect sexual abuse cases can have on mental health professionals
  • Guidance on how to proceed in the best interests of both client and therapist
  • An accompanying DVD that shows step-by-step interview techniques in disclosure and nondisclosure cases

About the Author(s)

Monit Cheung (MA, MSW, PhD, Ohio State) is professor and chair of the clinical practice concentration in the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston. Cheung is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in family counseling, child and adolescent counseling, and incest survivor treatment. Cheung is on the Diocesan Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People at the Diocese of Galveston-Houston, an advisory board member of Catholic Charities and Asian American Family Services, and a board member for the End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation in Hong Kong. She is the author of several books, including Therapeutic Games and Guided Imagery (Lyceum Books).

Table of Contents

    Introduction: Child Sexual Abuse as a Rising Concern
    1. Forensic Interviews in Child Sexual Abuse
    2. Assessing Child Sexual Abuse
    3. Screening Stage: Truth or False Allegation
    4. Best Practice Interview Protocols
    5. Court Preparation
    6. Evidence-Based Practice Treatment
    7. Self-Care and Secondary Trauma
    8. Conclusion: Concerns in CSA
    Appendix: Annotated Bibliographies in Child Sexual Abuse