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Sexual Issues with Children

This is the second volume in a series of books called the Success Series on important topical areas working with challenging children. The series began with Attachment and now moves to the challenges for both parents and professionals in working with themes of sexuality. Our sexual identity plays a major role in how we define ourselves and how we behave in the world. Helping children achieve a healthy view of sexuality is the goal of all responsible adults, but what is healthy sexuality? The answer is not as straightforward as one might think in a culture that is decidedly not sexually healthy. Unfortunately most adults struggle with even talking about sex. And to make matters even more difficult, many children are initiated into the world of sex through the most negative of ways-intimidation, coercion, pornography, and even sexual abuse. Children need guidance to become healthy in mind, body and spirit and they need informed and supportive adults. This book begins with encouraging adults to assess their own sexual health and then offers in practical detail the what, when, why and how to go about promoting sexual health in children. There are many resources for adults in the area of sex education, but when it comes to how to help a sexually traumatized child develop a healthy view of sexuality there is unfortunately only one resource currently available anywhere-this book.
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Dave Ziegler, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC is a licensed psychologist and Executive Director of Jasper Mountain, an agency in Oregon that treats our society's most damaged children and their families. Therapist, clinical supervisor, trainer, sex educator and consultant to programs and states, he has worked with traumatized adults, children and their families over the last four decades. His current treatment program is internationally recognized for its innovation and success with the most difficult cases. He has a 44 year professional career and over the last 33 years he has lived with the children in his treatment program, providing him a first-hand glimpse of the inner world of these children. Dr. Ziegler has numerous publications and books including: Raising Children Who Refuse To Be Raised, Traumatic Experience and the Brain, Achieving Success With Impossible Children, Beyond Healing: The Path To Personal Contentment After Trauma, Neurological Reparative Therapy, and Attachment: The Social Foundation of a Successful Life. He has been an educator and consultant throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Iceland and New Zealand.

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