Developing culturally responsive evidence-based practice: a game-based group therapy program for child sexual abuse (CSA)

Author(s)Miserull, Justin R. and Craig Springer
Title Developing culturally responsive evidence-based practice: a game-based group therapy program for child sexual abuse (CSA)
Source Journal of Child and Family Studies,January 2013, Vol. 22, Issue1, pp 137-149
Date 2013
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This article examines the effectiveness of the Game-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy (GB-CBT) model for child victims of sexual assault. This program was developed in a centre serving mainly African-American and Latino families and the effectiveness from a cultural perspective is explored. GB-CBT is an evidence-based practice that integrates components of three treatment approaches that have shown success in treating child sexual abuse victims. These approaches are Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy and Group Therapy. At the time of the review approximately 200 children between the ages of five and 14 and their families have participated in the GB-CBT program. The authors discuss in detail many aspects of the program, examining effectiveness and how it has been received by the African-American and Latino families. For example there was resistance amongst the African-American and Latino families to having their children share their abuse experiences with others and the authors suggest that this might be related to particular cultural notions of privacy. The authors make a number of recommendations for clinicians wishing to implement this therapy including the importance of making treatment relevant to the family and being willing to accept that for clinicians learning cultural competence is ongoing
Keywords Behavioural therapy; children; child sexual abuse; group therapy; evidence based practice
Topic Psychological effects and treatment