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Sibling Abuse Trauma by John V. Caffaro, CSPP Distinguished Professor

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Published on: 11/05/2013
Last Updated: 05/26/2023
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John V. Caffaro, a Distinguished Professor in the CSPP Clinical Psychology Program, had a  new book released, Sibling Abuse Trauma, 2nd Edition by Routledge, New York, NY 10017.

This book describes an integrative, strengths-based approach to individual and family psychotherapy guided by the effects of abuse trauma on the development of sibling relationships.The second edition has been revised and updated to reflect more than a decade of advances in the child maltreatment field. Rather than choosing to concentrate solely on sibling sexual abuse or assault, the book applies a more inclusive, integrative approach to the study of sibling maltreatment.

The second edition, much like the first, focuses primarily on assessment and treatment; its success is linked to its utility for clinicians who treat children, families, and adults exposed to sibling trauma. Concrete illustrations and extended session transcripts demonstrate therapeutic principles in action.

What the experts are saying

“The new edition of Sibling Abuse Trauma upholds the tradition of the first; it masterfully addresses a topic that has long gone unrecognized in terms of its frequency and its potential for harm. I highly recommend this book to any clinician treating the traumatic aftermath of sibling abuse.” Christine A. Courtois, Ph.D., ABPP, Psychologist, Private Practice, Washington, DC, Author, Healing the Incest Wound, 2nd Edition, NY: Norton

“In his groundbreaking work, Sibling Abuse Trauma, John Caffaro revealed an as yet mostly hidden sector of child maltreatment: the abuse of children by their siblings. In this new, revised edition of Caffaro’s classic volume, his already sophisticated perspective on sibling abuse and its treatment is developed even further.” Steve N. Gold, Ph.D., Director, Trauma Resolution & Integration Program , Professor, Center for Psychological Studies at Nova Southeastern University. Editor, Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy

“In this highly anticipated second edition, Caffaro presents research on the causes, effects, and treatments for sibling abuse. This book is essential for all mental health professionals, educators, and policymakers who may ever encounter sibling abuse and its associated trauma.” Terry S. Trepper, Ph.D., Editor, Journal of Family Psychotherapy, Professor, Purdue University, Calumet

“Hopefully, with the publication of this excellent book, those in the child maltreatment and adult survivors field will focus more on the long-term adverse effects of sibling abuse and violence, its treatment, and most of all, its prevention.” Robert Geffner, Ph.D., ABPP, ABN, Diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology, Board Certified in Couples & Family Psychology

John V. Caffaro, Ph.D. currently serves as Distinguished Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology – Los Angeles. He also holds an appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Child Psychiatry Residency Training Program at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. He draws on more than 20 years of private practice experience with trauma treatment and currently divides his time between psychotherapy, teaching, writing, and professional training.


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