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Creative innovative assessment tools and therapeutic interventions for CSA victims

Deadline: 15 July 2019

Editorial Information

Guest Editors:

Rachel Lev-Wiesel, Ph.D.,

Shir Daphna-Tekoah, Ph.D

Limor Goldner, Ph.D.




Journal of Child Sexual Abuse

Manuscripts that address creative innovative tools for assessment, creative art techniques for encouraging disclosure, and therapeutic interventions that use creative arts will be considered for this Special Issue. The creative process engages physiological sensations, emotions, and cognitions; verbal and non-verbal narration and expressions, for improving people's psychological and social well-being. Recent data indicate a huge gap between the prevalence of CSA worldwide and disclosure. The majority of sexually abused victims do not disclose the abuse, nor detected by current professional assessment tools. Evidence shows that failing to disclose is a risk factor for exacerbation of the abuse, which in turn reduces the willingness of the child to disclose.

This call for papers attempts to build on the dated and limited literature in this topic area. Manuscript submissions for the special issue may extend across fields (e.g., creative arts therapies, clinical psychology, education, social work, public health, criminal justice, etc.) and provide a range of empirical data, assessment, intervention and prevention programs that expand the understanding of screening, detecting, assessing and treating millions of children who experience sexual abuse.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Screening tools for Identification of victim and offender
  • Detecting techniques for victimized minors
  • Assessment measures and tools of the CSA psycho-physio-social consequences
  • Implementation and results of creative prevention, intervention or treatment programs
  • Creative Arts interventions for regulating the sensory imprints associated with the sexual abuse trauma.


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Submission Information

In order to obtain well-rounded coverage of relevant issues, we ask potential contributors to submit paper ideas via email in the form of an abstract or detailed summary (i.e., 500-700 words) by July 15, 2019 to Rachel Lev-Wiesel, along with contact information for all authors. Decisions concerning abstracts will be sent to authors within 30 days. Full manuscripts will be due by September 15, 2019.

Inquiries regarding topic or scope for the special issue may be sent to Rachel Lev-Wiesel, Shir Daphna Tekoah or Limor Goldner. Please be sure to CC: journals@ivatcenters.org on all communications. Articles may vary between 20-30 pages double spaced, following APA format.

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