This review of the literature on the effectiveness of treatment approaches used for survivors of sexual assault identified several best practice approaches for working with this population. The peer reviewed literature examined in the current research was found in the Education Resource Information Center (ERIC), PsychInfo, and PsychArticle databases through Winona State University. Several evidence-based practices including cognitive-behavioral approaches, emotion-based approaches, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), art therapy, and mindfulness-based approaches are outlined. Cognitive-behavioral approaches, emotion-based approaches, and EMDR were among the most effective approaches for working with survivors of sexual assault, while exposure therapy, art therapy mindfulness-based approaches were ultimately found to be less effective.

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Capstone Paper


Counselor Education

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Eric Baltrinic

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