This easy-to-follow manual presents techniques for working with groups of children who have been sexually abused. It begins with an overview of the theory and literature of group therapy with children and then offers seven sections on psycho-social skill building techniques, trust building, self esteem, identifying and expressing feelings, healing the inner child, relationships, boundary setting, and prevention skills.
Chapter 12: Closing Exercises
Each group session and every group series ends with closure. Closure is a transitional process. It is a way to celebrate and summarize each child's efforts and achievements. It is a time to plan for the future, prepare for the next experience, and say good-bye.
Closure helps to make group a more tangible experience for children. It creates an opportunity for them to learn how to acknowledge their progress. It teaches them how to value what they have learned about themselves and how to use the skills they have acquired to ensure their future safety. To reinforce what children have learned, positive comments are often made to children during closing exercises, such as “Mickey knows who to ask and how to ask for ...