Sustaining a Safer Society for Children: Prevention of Sexual Abuse through Metaphor-enhanced Psychoeducation

By Constance M. Ostis.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

This interactive workshop considers metaphor-enhanced psychoeducation as a vehicle for community-wide sexual abuse prevention efforts to develop and sustain a safer society for children.

Keywords: Child sexual abuse, Community psychoeducation, Metaphor, Social resources, Sustaining a safer society

International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.73-80. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 802.865KB).

Dr. Constance M. Ostis

Dr Ostis has over eighteen years of specialization in clinical, supervisory, academic, and prevention work with families, organizations, and institutions where sexual abused has occurred. She provides consultations and has appeared in several local television and radio specials on child abuse. Dr Ostis advocates for children through her various volunteer positions: the Board of Directors of Cumberland County Child Abuse and Neglect Council; The Community Notification Committee which helps communities cope with a sexual offender moving into town; the Best Practices Committee, a multidisciplinary team of providers who developed and published a protocol for institutions and organizations to respond to child sexual abuse disclosures; and, the Cross Cultural Family Network that aims to increase multicultural competencies within the Greater Portland professional community. Included in her current academic teaching are courses on child welfare and child sexual abuse. She serves as Child Welfare Specialist, a liaison position between the university and the state child protective services department. With her positive energy and good humor, Dr Ostis is frequently invited to provide trainings at local and national conferences.


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