Current Perspectives & Applications in Neurobiology: Working with Young Persons who are Victims and Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse


Editors: Robert E. Longo, David S. Prescott, John Bergman, and Kevin Creeden

© 2012

ISBN: 978-1-929657-67-4
Available from NEARI Press


from the Introduction

Soon after the new millennium, mental health professionals of all disciplines attending conferences began to hear in plenary sessions, keynotes, and individual workshops, information and scientific research that addressed the human brain. This was no different for those of us who attended conferences and workshops that focused on the victims of sexual abuse and/or the perpetrators of sexual abuse. The message could at times be encouraging and disconcerting. The bad news was that trauma could have a profound impact on the brain, often from a very early age. The good news was that there was such a thing as brain plasticity, and that it was possible to help people. The bad news was that the emerging brain research seemed to focus more on changes in the brain than how professionals could actually affect positive changes. The good news now is that many excellent scientist-practitioners have developed excellent means by which professionals can help others. This is the impetus behind this book.


David Burton, MSW, Ph.D

  • Part I Introduction and Overview

Robert E. Longo, MRC, LPC, NCC, BCN, & David S. Prescott, LICSW

Chapter One
Current Perspectives & Applications in Neurobiology: An Overview

Robert E. Longo, MRC, LPC, NCC, BCN, and David S. Prescott, LICSW

Chapter Two
The More Things Change, The More They Remain the Same

Geral T. Blanchard, LPC

Chapter Three
Where We Are and Where We Need To Be: Assessment and Treatment of the Past, Present, & Future

David S. Prescott, LICSW

Chapter Four
Adolescents Who Have Sexually Abused: Trauma & Executive Functioning

David L. Burton, MSW, Ph.D

  • Part Two Theory and Understanding

Chapter Five
An Interpersonal Neurobiology View of Trauma

Eric R. Bergemann, Ph.D, MBA

Chapter Six
Brain Function Assessment and Neurotherapy for Sexual Abuse

David A. Kaiser, Ph.D, & Andrea Meckley, MA

Chapter Seven
Neuroscience Applied to the Therapeutic Milieu

Jerry Yager, Psy.D, & Matthew Bennett, MA, MBA

Chapter Eight
Combining Neuroscience, Education, and Therapy: Practical Applications for Treatment Planning for Youth who have Sexually Abused

Nicki Hopwood MSW, LCSW

Chapter Nine
Working with Juveniles with Sexually Abusive Behaviour in the UK: The G-MAP Approach

Dawn Fisher, B.A. Hons., M.Clin. Psych., Ph.D., Julie Morgan, BSc, MA, PGCert SW, CQSW, Bobbie Print, CQSW, & Sharon Leeson, RNMH, Dip HE

Chapter Ten
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): A Brief Introductory Overview

Robert E. Longo, MRC, LPC, NCC, BCN

Chapter Eleven
Ethical Responsibilities in Neuroscience and Neurobiology

Robert E. Longo, MRC, LPC, NCC, BCN, & David S. Prescott, LICSW

  • Part Three - Interventions

Chapter Twelve
Brain-to-Brain, Body-to-Body: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Perspective on the Treatment of Children and Adolescents

Pat Ogden, Ph.D., Bonnie Goldstein, LCSW, Ph.D., & Janina Fisher Ph.D

Chapter Thirteen
Sensory Integration and Trauma

Marsha Raredon OTR/L, Janet Reilly Jackson MOT, OT/L, & Peg Ingolia MS, OTR/L

Chapter Fourteen
Teaching, Intervening and Counseling with the Brain in Mind

Penny Cuninggim, MAT, MSW, Ed.D., & Steven Bengis, Ed.D., LCSW

Chapter Fifteen
Medications and the Brain

Robert E. Longo, MRC, LPC, NCC, BCN

Chapter Sixteen
Working With Sexually Abusive Behavior and Traumatic Brain Injury: A Case Study

Robert E. Longo, MRC, LPC, NCC, BCN

Chapter Seventeen
The Theatre of Meeting: The History of Drama and Other Experiential Therapies as Neurological Analogs

John Bergman, MA, RDT, MT, BCT

End Word
Robert E. Longo, MRC, LPC, NCC, BCN & David S. Prescott, LICSW

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Review comments:

“In summary, this is a forward-thinking foundational text. Advancements in developmental neuroscience and findings about the teen brain have permeated legal theory and have resulted in a call for differential treatment of youthful offenders.”

      — George S. Leibowitz, PhD, LICSW
           Assistant Professor of Social Work
           University of Vermont

Review published in the ATSA Forum, Vol. XXV, No. 1 Winter 2013.
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