ARCHIVED: Acknowledgements: Handbook on Sensitive Practice for Health Care Practitioners: Lessons from Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse



The authors are deeply grateful to all of the survivors, health care practitioners, students, and mental health practitioners who participated in this research project. These individuals gave generously of their time and energy; without them, this Handbook would not have been possible.

We are indebted to the many individuals who assisted with recruitment of participants throughout this project. We wish to acknowledge and thank those whose assistance made this second edition of the Handbook possible. Don Wright and the staff of the British Columbia Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse, Rick Goodwin and the staff of the Men's Project, Duane Lesperance and the staff at the Men's Resource Centre, and Joy Howatt and Elsie Blake, of the Stratton project, Family Service Association assisted with recruitment, allowed us to conduct interviews and working groups in their offices and offered much encouragement for the project. Fran Richardson, College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario, Shari Hughes and Ariadne Lemire, College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, Donna Beer, School of Physical Therapy, University of Western Ontario helped to organize and host focus groups in the final phase of this project. Angela Hovey, Liz Scott, Julia Bidonde, Leane King and Jennifer Ewen contributed valuable research assistance.

We would like to thank Rose Roberts, Faculty of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan for writing the sections titled Working with Aboriginal Individuals. We would like to express our appreciation to Sanda Rodgers, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, for taking time to review the information on legal and record keeping issues, to Diana Gustafson, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University, and Shoshana Pollack, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University for their thoughtful and important comments. We are indebted to our editors, Bob Chodos and Ginny Freeman MacOwan, for their work on the Handbook.

The authors are grateful for permission to reprint previously published material:

Table 6, Traumagenic Dynamics of Childhood Sexual Abuses has been adapted from Finkelhor, D., & Browne, A. (1985). The traumatic impact of child sexual abuse: a conceptualization. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 55(4), 530-41, with permission of author David Finkelhor.

Appendix D, Diagnostic criteria for Acute Stress Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has been reprinted from American Psychiatric Association. (2000). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (4th ed., Text Revision), pp. 471-72 and 67-68. Washington, DC: Author, with permission of the American Psychiatric Association.

The authors gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Stop Family Violence, Public Health Agency of Canada in translating, designing and printing the second edition of the Handbook. We would also like to thank Stacey Croft and Salena Brickey, Policy Analysts at the Family Violence Prevention Unit, for their work on the publication of this Handbook.

The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support received over the duration of this project from the following:

  • Health Canada
  • Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada
  • University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine Scientific Teaching and Research Fund
  • University of Saskatchewan Internal Grants Program (New Faculty Start-up, President's SSHRC and Publication Fund Grants)
  • Wilfrid Laurier University Internal Research Grants Program

Lastly, we wish to thank the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University for assistance with research assistants, photocopying, mailing costs, and ongoing support throughout the project and the faculty and staff of the School of Physical Therapy, University of Saskatchewan for their ongoing support and encouragement.

This may be a person who's gone through something very traumatic ...[who needs] some really safe technique ... Because otherwise you're going to have a certain segment of patients that are going to walk away feeling as though they've been abused all over again, quietly abused, just walking away and seeking another health care practitioner, just going through the cycle, again and again and again, and maybe not understanding why, maybe not knowing how to say it, how to voice that, just keep going through that whole cycle over and over again. There's a huge populace out there that just needs that extra gentle care. It's because of that, maybe the whole populace needs to be treated the same way.

- A male survivor of childhood sexual abuse -

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