Course 1256: Child Abuse – Intervention and Prevention

I. Introduction:Child Abuse and Human Development (Rd: Briere, Intro; Volpe, Intro)

  • Life span development in context (Handout) The life space of the child
  • Systems of influence (Volpe, 7)
  • The history of childhood
  • Models of human nature (Handout)
  • Anger, aggression, and violence (Volpe, 10 & 11)
  • Power and exploitation (Volpe, 12, 19 & 26)
  • Sexual development of children (Handout)

II. Definitional Issues: Research and legal issues (Briere, Part Four)

  • Federal & provincial legislation
  • Reporting laws and their impact on professions
  • Children’s testimony
  • Court Procedures and Evidence
  • Prevalence and incidence studies

 III. Forms of Abuse (Briere, Part One)

  • Child neglect
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional Abuse

IV. Treatment Issues (Briere, Part Two)

  • Individual and family therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Offenders

V. Prevention and service delivery (Briere, Part Five and Six)

  • Public policy issues
  • Levels of prevention
  • Integrated services

 VI. Conclusion (Consolidation)