||Working Through the Pain: A Guide to Group Treatment
for the Adolescent Male Survivor of Childhood Abuse
||Coe Neil Cabe
||Rainbeau Counseling and Research Center © 1991
Rainbeau Counseling and Research Center
147 East Aurora Road
Northfield Center, Ohio 44067
This 75-page book was written by a therapist and clergyman and is
designed for those therapists who want to do group psychotherapy.
The author does not distinguish between groups comprised of clients who
are court referred and those who are not. The titles of the book's
chapters give a flavor for its content, and include "Preplanning Your
Group," "Pre-participation Interview," "The 12 Sessions," "Individual
Session Descriptions," and "Session Outlines."
The book closes with a small listing of documents used, resource
listings and a limited bibliography that does not include anything on
group therapy process.
Although the field of treatment needs books on the treatment of the
(often overlooked) male victim this book tends to be mechanical, dry and
cook-bookish and therefore may be too simple.
There is a noticeable lack of concern for adolescent rights, a push for
therapy over political action, no mention of HIV fears, the sex industry, the
use of resilience in therapy (see Valintine & Feinauer, 1993), mediation, or the
disabling effects of the assumption of victimhood in clients. In short,
there is no effort to get us off dead center and to try new, more effective
methods. It seems we are trying to fit current problems into yesterday's
Although the book is detailed, nothing is offered to the falsely accused
(Schultz, 1990) or on family preservation. There is no coverage of the
questionable aspects of self-help or peer pressure (Kaminer, 1993; Wuthnow,
1994). In addition, the use of a co-therapist may not be cost effective
today and may prove impractical in some areas of the country without trained
This book should be read in conjunction with a group therapy book that deals
with developmental aspects of adolescent sexuality and therapy processes.
Although the book may be useful in a university course, it may not be helpful to
those working in the field.
Valintine, L., & Feinauer, L. (1993). Resilience factors
associated with female survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
American Journal of Family
Therapy, 2(3), 216-224.
Schultz, L. (1990). Self help groups for the erroneously
charged: A proposed model. Issues in Child Abuse Accusations,
Wuthnow, R. (1994). Sharing the Journey: Support Groups and
America's New Quest for Community ()(). NY:
Kaminer, W. (1993). I'm Dysfunctional, You're
Dysfunctional! The Recovery Movement and Other Self-help Groups (). NY:
Reviewed by LeRoy G. Schultz, Professor Emeritus of Social
Work, West Virginia University,
Morganstown, West Virginia.