• Specialized training: Addressing the feeling of guilt-forgiveness in therapeutic intervention with victims of child sexual abuse

The feeling of guilt is a very common experience in victims of child sexual abuse (Echeburúa, 2006). The etymology of the word culpa, from the Latin, means fault, imputation. On the contrary, to forgive, also from Latin, is composed of the prefix per-, which means through, completely, and donare, which means to give away. We could say, therefore, that guilt and forgiveness are two sides of the same coin.

However: Forgiveness directed to whom: To oneself, to the other, to the family?, Can everything be forgiven?, Can a traumatic event such as child sexual abuse be processed without forgiving the abuser? We will reflect on all these questions throughout the sessions.

It should be noted that the subject of the course is oriented towards the therapeutic approach with adults or adolescents who suffered sexual abuse in childhood, but not the therapeutic approach with children.


6 hours for video conference


September 18, 25 and October 2 - from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.




Lluis Escala, psychotherapist Vicki Bernadet Foundation.

Who is it aimed at?

Social educators, social workers and other professionals in the socio-educational sector with basic knowledge of child sexual abuse who want to go deeper in addressing the guilt of victims of child sexual abuse.


  • Conceptualize the feeling of guilt-forgiveness
  • Detect symptoms associated with the feeling of guilt and how to work with it from the socio-educational field
  • Analyze the relationships between sexuality, desire, pleasure and guilt.


The training is in videoconference format and is organized in 3 sessions in which the presentation of theoretical content will be combined with the work of cases in small groups and the viewing and discussion of audiovisual material.


1 - The feeling of guilt in victims of child sexual abuse: Dynamics of child sexual abuse. The appearance of the feeling of guilt in victims of ASI and the three times of psychosexual development. Symptomatology associated with guilt. Detection and treatment

2 - Relationship between sexuality, pleasure and guilt. Is there pleasure in guilt? And guilty pleasure? Guilty pleasures, sexuality and the tendency to repeat.

3 - The therapeutic approach of forgiveness with victims of child sexual abuse. Differences between understanding and forgiving. The (non)need for forgiveness in the trauma processing process. Forgiveness as a process of reconciliation.