No More Secrets

A Therapist's Guide to Group Work with Adult Survivors of Sexual Violence

by Denise Lang-Grant LPC & Irene Colucci-Lebbad LCSW

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 30/06/2015

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 128
ISBN : 9781504333856

About the Book

Sexual assault and abuse have been called a worldwide epidemic by the World Health Organization, but many clinicians are reluctant to tackle this topic due to their own lack of knowledge or personal anxieties. In this ground-breaking workbook replete with dramatic examples, Denise Lang-Grant, licensed trauma therapist and award-winning author, and Irene Colucci-Lebbad, a licensed clinical social worker with an extensive background in sexual and domestic violence, combine fifteen years of experience in running groups for survivors of sexual violence to present the how-tos of running a group for adults, intended to move group members from crisis to stabilization to integration. Keeping in mind that both experienced and novice group leaders will find this guide useful, they have included evidence-based techniques that will fit easily into any theoretical orientation and practice. This guide is a must-have for any clinician, university, rape crisis center, or legal entity dealing with sexual violence.

No More Secrets is a step-by-step professional guide, which can assist mental health practitioners to offer hope and healing for those who have been victims of sexual abuse. The authors write about sexual abuse with faith in the power of individuals to overcome their experiences and become strengthened in the process. The chapters are written in a clear, concise, well-organized manner and can easily be incorporated into a practitioner’s skill set or theoretical orientation. This is an important and necessary guide that deserves a wide readership.”

— Luba Shagawat, Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice and former President of the NJ Society of Social Workers

“Being a child sexual abuse survivor and a former Penn State football athlete who loves the school and the program, I spent years trying to cope with my abuse through drugs and alcohol. I was fortunate enough to finally find this group program, and I reaped the benefits. I believe that the program offered in No More Secrets is a wonderful resource and should be utilized by therapists, university training programs, and law enforcement agencies to sensitize them to the challenges faced by all survivors of sexual violence.”

— Anthony Gordon, board member for Defend A Child

About the Author

Denise Lang-Grant is a licensed therapist specializing in sexual and other traumas and author of nine other non-fiction books on family relationships, health, and true crime. Former Director of Atlantic Health’s rape crisis center in Morris County, New Jersey, she is the state facilitator for strengthening community response to military survivors of sexual violence and also serves as an adjunct instructor for Seton Hall University’s Master’s in Counseling program. Denise maintains a private practice in Morris and Somerset counties and was a major contributor to the inaugural edition of the first encyclopedia to deal with sexual trauma and recovery. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. Denise and her husband Alan Grant, a musician/songwriter, live in Somerset County with their two dogs. Denise can be reached at

Irene Colucci Lebbad is a licensed clinical social worker with extensive background in sexual abuse, domestic violence, and behavioral health. A former director of the Somerset County NJ Sexual Assault Support Services program, she is currently one of the principles in a group practice specializing in sexual violence and abuse. Through more than 10 years as a clinician working with survivors of sexual violence, incest, and abuse, Irene developed a keen understanding of how trauma from sexual abuse impacts a survivor’s quality of life. She continues to conduct trainings and workshops for community organizations, law enforcement, and other professionals in order to educate and raise awareness. Irene and her husband Tom have a large extended family and live in Somerset County New Jersey. Irene can be reached at