The Power of the Treatment Team
Therapeutic work with sexually abusive children and their parents is personally demanding and presents diverse challenges to therapists. They must monitor themselves and one another to ensure that their personal issues or biases do not interfere with the quality of the services they provide. The team approach to treatment helps clarify issues of countertransference that arise when treating sexually abused children and their families (Conte, 1995). Periodic reviews of cases by a team help keep treatment objectives clear. A team is less likely to miss problematic salient issues than an individual therapist working alone.