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Addressing Sexual Abuse Within the Sibling Relationship

Length of Training: Four Hours
Format: Pre-recorded online training access through our website
Presented By: Linda Valenta, MSW
Credit:   4 CE Credit Hours
Cost of training:   $120.00
Purchase price includes access to training video and material for 10 days. Participants will be eligible for a Certificate of Completion.
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This skills-based workshop explores a framework for intervening in sibling sexual abuse that focuses on promoting accountability, communication, and reparation through a joint therapy process introduced early in treatment and which involves both the sibling who abused and the sibling victim.

Three stages of therapeutic contact are explored: (1) Naming the problem (acknowledgments), (2) Learning about the problem (clarification), and (3) Being healthy and safe (consolidation). Linda uses the images, words, and stories of the children and families that she has worked with to introduce participants to a range of therapeutic interventions and to provide an opportunity to explore the issues that can emerge.

Topics covered include:

1) Framework for responding to sibling sexual abuse
2) Rationale for joint therapy
3) Assessing readiness of victims, child who abused and parents for joint therapy
4) Planning first sessions
5) Facilitating acknowledgments about sexual abuse
6) Exploring family and relationship dynamics
7) Talking about safety and developing family safety plans

As a result of participating in this training, attendees will be better able to:

1) Describe a rationale for addressing sexual abuse within the sibling relationship.
2) Evaluate readiness for the commencement of conjoint sibling intervention.
3) Plan an initial session for the commencement of therapeutic contact.
4) Identify ways to support children and parents in being able to communicate and explore their thoughts and feelings about the sexual abuse.
5) Integrate exploration of family and sibling relationships that are problematic and healthy.
6) Develop safety plans with children and parents that focus on expectations regarding privacy, play, and communication.


This training is for professionals working with people who have who have perpetrated abuse. Professionals who will benefit from this training include social workers, psychologists, clinical counselors, and interested paraprofessionals.

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Continuing Education Approval

American Psychological Association (APA)
Safer Society Foundation, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Safer Society Foundation, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Who's Presenting


Linda Valenta, MSW

Private Practice

For over 25 years, Linda Valenta, has committed herself to the prevention of sexual abuse through the provision of assessment and treatment services to children and youth who engage in harmful sexual behaviour.   Linda’s Social Work and Couple and Family Therapy training reflect strongly in her approach to responding to sexual harm by children with her focus being on providing interventions that support children and families in Being Safe (managing risk), Being Well (reducing risk) and Being Okay (minimizing harm and impact).  Linda’s passion and experience in the field make her a sought after speaker and trainer and she has presented her work at conferences around the globe and regularly trains professionals and agencies across Australia.  Linda has a private practice in Sydney, Australia.

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