Establish credibility: As my experience working for CPS I have worked with parents with intellectual disabilities and lower functioning. When working with this demographic of clients it’s important to understand the abuse and its long term affects.
Parents and caregivers play a critical role in a child’s development.
I'm going to cover prenatal, infant and under five but brain development continues through adolescence.
Parents are the primary source of safety and security, of love and understanding, of nurturance and support. Child abuse violates the trust that is at the heart of the child’s relationship with the world (Walker, 1994).
When this primary relationship is one of betrayal, a negative schema or set of beliefs develops. This negative core schema, that a survivor adopts, can fundamentally affect an individual’s capacity to establish and sustain significant attachments throughout life.
Survivors often experience conflictual relationships and chaotic lifestyles, frequently report difficulties forming adult intimate attachments and display behaviors that threaten and disrupt close relationships (Henderson, 2006).
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