While ABW recommends the following books, because we feel they contain significant valuable information, we ask you keep in mind that they come from a variety of sources and may contain material--including language, artwork, and recommendations/ideas that do not necessarily reflect ABW's ideals. Being included in this list does not mean that A Better Way necessarily supports or endorses any other material that the author or publisher may produce or sell. Read with discernment.
Beauty for Ashes: Biblical Help for the Sexually Abused - John Coblentz
Door of Hope: Recognizing and Resolving the Pains of Your Past - Jan Frank
Forgiving What You'll Never Forget - Dr. David Stoop
Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn Proofing Today’s Young Kids - Kristen A. Jenson and Gail Poyner
Hush: Moving from Silence to Healing After Childhood Sexual Abuse - Nicole Braddock Bromley
In Sheep’s Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People - George K. Simon, Jr., Ph.D.
Joy for Mourning: A Personal Testimony of Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse - Anne Miller
My Body Belongs To Me - Jill Starishevsky
My Body is Private - Linda Walvoord Girard and Rodney Pate
My Body is Special and Private - Adrianne Simeone
No More Silence - Kia Burkholder
Predators, Pedophiles, Rapists, and Other Sex Offenders:
Who They Are, How They Operate, And How We Can Protect Ourselves and Our Children - Anna C. Salter, Ph.D.
Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (And Parents Sane) - Gavin De Becker
Tear Down This Wall of Silence: Dealing With Sexual Abuse in Our Churches - Dale Ingraham with Rebecca Davis
The Courage Coach: A Practical, Friendly Guide on How to Heal from Abuse - Ashley Easter
The Child Safeguarding Policy for Churches and Ministries - Basyle (Boz) Tchividjiian and Shira M. Berkovits
The Story of Me -Stan and Brenna Jones
Who Is a Stranger and What Should I Do? - Linda Walvoord Girard
Why Are Boys and Girls Different? - Carol Greene
- Discuss the rights and responsibilities of the counseling relationship and allow you to choose whether you want them to be your counselor.
- Explain what their qualifications are – and are not.
- Work with you to determine what you want to accomplish and how you will get there.
- Consult with peers and/or have accountability for their actions. Licensed counselors are accountable to their licensing board. If your counselor is not licensed, ask who their supervising agency is.
- Recognize where their expertise ends and recommend someone who can help.
- Behave in a professional manner.
- Be respectful of other counselors.
- Exploit a client.
- Make promises about how their counseling will work.
- Have a formula or easy fix for your problem.
- Share what you have told them with others without talking to you about it first (or without sound ethical or legal justification.)
- Express interest in or enter a romantic or sexual relationship with a client, nor will they counsel someone with whom they have had such a relationship.
- Hug or touch, usually, and certainly not without permission.
A Good Counselor
Darkness to Light
National Helpline: 866.FOR.LIGHT
The Mama Bear Effect
MOSAC: Mothers of Sexually Abused Children
National Hotline 24/7 for free, confidential HELP: 800-656-HOPE
Speaking Truth in Love Ministries
Spring Haven (Locations in Tuscarawas and Wayne Co Ohio area)
Restorative Pathways (Muskingum Co, Ohio)
The House of Samuel, Inc (Guernsey Co, Ohio)
For help outside of Ohio, contact:
Focus on the Family Counselor Referral Service