Training Mental Health Professionals in Child Sexual Abuse: Curricular Guidelines

J Child Sex Abus. 2015;24(5):572-91. doi: 10.1080/10538712.2015.1042185.


Given the incidence of child sexual abuse in the United States, mental health professionals need training to detect, assess, and treat victims and should possess a clear understanding of the process of victimization. However, many mental health professionals who work with children and families have not been exposed to any training in child sexual abuse during their formal education. This article will examine the need for such training, suggest critical components of child sexual abuse training, and describe various methods of training (e.g., in person, Web-based, and community resources).

Keywords: child sexual abuse education; curriculum; educational components; helping professional; training.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / rehabilitation*
  • Counseling / education*
  • Curriculum / standards*
  • Health Personnel / education*
  • Humans
  • Mental Health Services
  • Psychotherapy / education*
  • Social Work / education*
  • United States